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Bachiana - Double Concertos / Goebel, Music Antiqua Köln

Release Date: 02/11/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471579   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Christian BachWilhelm Friedemann BachJ. C. F. BachCarl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Stephan SchardtJoachim FiedlerVerena FischerRobert Hill,   ... 
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Musica Antiqua convey vitality and character to rarities from four of Bach’s sons.

This is the second ‘Bachiana’ disc from Musica Antiqua Köln, a concept which draws its inspiration from Bach documents and especially the rediscovery in 2000 of the old Berlin Singakademie archive. Yet, as ever with Goebel, the integrity of the programme and its effective conveying of Bach’s forbears and contemporaries is the primary raison d’être. Two generations on from the ubiquitous guilds of 17th-century Bach craftsmen – from Bach’s elders to his progeny – these double concertos reveal the diverse compositional artistry of his four prodigious sons.

Johann Christian, the ‘London Bach’, is presented here as the
Read more grand entertainer, a congenial presence but whose Sinfonia Concertante inA major receives a disappointingly astringentreading; the solo cellist especially struggles to beguile, and intonation is not all it should be either. JCB’s virtues are better rendered in CPO’s series with Anthony Halstead and the Hanover Band.

Considerably more interesting is Wilhelm Friedemann Bach’s Flute Concerto, a product of the new cache of 2000. The second movement is a fine, extended largo which displays WFB’s notable capacity for drawing on his father’sdistillation of ‘enlightenment’ gesture (such as in the Musical Offering and Triple Concerto) but also as a bold and true proprietor of the new Emfindsamkeit (‘sensitivity’). It could be argued that WFB never quite realised his potential despite all the advantages he enjoyed as the eldest son. There is indeed a lurking poignancy in much of his music, one which the flautist, Verena Fischer, is supremely alert to in theintimacy and vulnerability she brings to the largo. She also sparkles appropriately in thedialogues of the outer movements.

Musica Antiqua convey equal vitality and character to the two most striking rarities here. JCF Bach’s double concerto for fortepiano and viola appears as a prototype symphony with important solo interjections. Melodically unexceptional, it is nevertheless stylish in a jejune way. CPE Bach – the most iconoclastic of the sons – successfully combines the prevailing keyboard instruments of the day, harpsichord and fortepiano. Fingers fly with aplomb – and no little mischief – as one is left to ponder the impact of this last Bach generation on Mozart and Beethoven, with whom there were (and are) of course many significant connections. Goebel provides a historical wake-up call.

-- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone [7/2003]
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Works on This Recording

Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Cello in A major, C 34 by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Stephan Schardt (Violin), Joachim Fiedler (Cello)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1773; Paris, France 
Concerto for Flute in D major by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Verena Fischer (Flute)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1775; Berlin, Germany 
Concerto for Viola, Keyboard and Orchestra, C 44 by J. C. F. Bach
Performer:  Robert Hill (Fortepiano), Reinhard Goebel (Viola)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1790 
Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano in E flat major, Wq 47/H 479 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Robert Hill (Fortepiano), Léon Berben (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788 

Customer Reviews

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 Precise and Exciting April 11, 2014 By Dean Sigler See All My Reviews "The musicians of the Musica Antiqua Koln and the soloists are all superb performers. The music is played precisely but with great excitement. I love the unique double concerto with harpsichord and pianoforte - both soloists seeming to "trade fours" like jazz musicians. The recording quality is excellent, with good imaging and impressive presence." Report Abuse
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