WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

J. C. Bach: Six Sinfonias / Hoeprich, Nachtmusique

Bach,J.c. / Nachtmusique / Hoeprich
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 920608   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Hoeprich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nachtmusique
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews



J. C. BACH 6 Sinfonias, T 285 Erich Hoeprich (cl); Nachtmusique GLOSSA GCD 920608 (63:51)


If anyone wonders who might have inspired Mozart to write such wonderful music for clarinet, and indeed for winds in general, an answer is suggested by the works on this disc, published posthumously in 1782, the year of the composer’s death. Johann Christian Bach befriended the eight-year-old Mozart when the latter visited London in 1764–65; although they would only meet in person once more, Read more at Paris in 1778, they maintained a correspondence marked by mutual admiration and respect. Mozart studied the works of “the London Bach” closely, and some musicologists consider Bach, and not Mozart’s father, Leopold, to be the primary formative musical influence on Mozart’s life.


J. C. Bach exercised a profound influence on the nascent art of orchestral instrumentation and was particularly noted for his writings for winds (cf. Stanley Sadie’s groundbreaking article in the April 1956 issue of Music & Letters ). While his compositions were originally grounded in the galante style, Bach was a progressive musical thinker, and these works foreshadow not only Mozart’s wind serenades but also the pieces for wind ensemble of Beethoven. All cast in major keys (three apiece in B? and E?), these sextets are unalloyed delights – endlessly energetic and melodious, rhythmically and melodically inventive, witty and yet also substantial. This music is so infectious that it requires effort not to get up and start dancing around the house as it is playing.


To my knowledge, there have been three previous recordings of these works: a 1967 set with the London Wind Soloists, reissued on Testament; an out-of-print Pye LP with the Camden Wind Ensemble; and a 1991 recording on MDG with the Consortium Classicum. I won’t quibble with anyone who treasures the venerable London set, but I find the blend of period instruments here (natural horns and five-key clarinets and bassoons) slightly superior, and both are preferable to the MDG group. The ensemble’s leader is Eric Hoeprich, one of the world’s most renowned exponents of the Classical-era clarinet. The sound quality is well nigh ideal, and the booklet informative and well illustrated. Enthusiastically recommended.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons no 3 in E flat major, B 9 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Hoeprich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nachtmusique
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1782 
Date of Recording: 01/2009 
Venue:  Haarlem (Doopsgezindekerk), The Netherla 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Symphony for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons no 4 in B flat major, B 10 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Hoeprich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nachtmusique
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1782 
Date of Recording: 01/2009 
Venue:  Haarlem (Doopsgezindekerk), The Netherla 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Symphony for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons no 5 in E flat major, B 11 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Hoeprich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nachtmusique
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1782 
Date of Recording: 01/2009 
Venue:  Haarlem (Doopsgezindekerk), The Netherla 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Symphony for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons no 6 in B flat major, B 12 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Hoeprich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nachtmusique
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1782 
Date of Recording: 01/2009 
Venue:  Haarlem (Doopsgezindekerk), The Netherla 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Symphony for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons no 1 in E flat major, B 7 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Hoeprich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nachtmusique
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1782 
Date of Recording: 01/2009 
Venue:  Haarlem (Doopsgezindekerk), The Netherla 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Symphony for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons no 2 in B flat major, B 8 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Hoeprich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nachtmusique
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1782 
Date of Recording: 01/2009 
Venue:  Haarlem (Doopsgezindekerk), The Netherla 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons no 3 in E flat: I. Allegro
Symphony for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons no 6 in B flat: I. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In