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Bach And Sons: Clavichord And Flute / Steens, Bresch


Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Evil Penguin Records   Catalog #: 11  
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel BachWilhelm Friedemann BachJ. C. F. BachJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin-Joseph SteensJacques-Antoine Bresch
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BACH AND SONS • Jacques-Antoine Bresch (fl); Benjamin-Joseph Steens (clvd) • EVIL PENGUIN 011 (63:38)

J. C. F. BACH Sonata in C. C. P. E. BACH Fantasia in C, Wq 61/6. Sonata in C, Wq 87. J. S. BACH Flute Sonatas: in g, BWV 1020; in E?, BVW 1031. Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998 W. F. BACH Keyboard Sonata No. 6 in a


"On paper, the combination of Baroque flute (traverso) and clavichord would seem to be a match made in heaven. Jacques-Antoine Bresch possesses the sort of soft-edged sound and gentle manner that in theory should partner well with the clavichord. The balance on this CD, however, favors the flute, with the clavichord decidedly in the background. At the high point of phrases, when Read more Bresch discreetly pushes the volume, the clavichord is almost inaudible. Benjamin-Joseph Steens plays an instrument “in the Saxon style” by Joris Potvlieghe; it has a rather lighter and more transparent sound than the Hubert copy above. Steens is a proficient keyboardist; his renditions of the Emanuel Bach pieces are the most persuasive on the program, largely because these are unadulterated clavichord music. The two Sebastian Bach flute sonatas are substantial pieces, even though their authenticity has long been in doubt. Finally, the one item by Friedemann Bach reminds us of the unique voice of this unjustly neglected composer.


The recorded sound on this CD is utterly natural and ungimmicky, and therein lies the problem. The clavichord has been recorded much more intelligently than on the Passacaille CD, at the distance you might expect to encounter in a small concert hall, but this puts it at a disadvantage in the ensemble numbers. The bass register is the most conspicuous casualty—mightn’t the addition of a gamba to the bass line have been a simple solution? Recommended with reservations."


FANFARE: Christopher Brodersen
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in C major, Wq 87/H 515 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Benjamin-Joseph Steens (Clavichord), Jacques-Antoine Bresch (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1766; Berlin, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard in A minor by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Benjamin-Joseph Steens (Clavichord)
3.
Sonatas (6) for Flute and Harpsichord, HW 8 no 3: in C major by J. C. F. Bach
Performer:  Benjamin-Joseph Steens (Clavichord), Jacques-Antoine Bresch (Flute)
4.
Fantasia for Keyboard in C major, Wq 61 no 6/H 291 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Benjamin-Joseph Steens (Clavichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Berlin, Germany 
5.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1020 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin-Joseph Steens (Clavichord), Jacques-Antoine Bresch (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
6.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin-Joseph Steens (Clavichord), Jacques-Antoine Bresch (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1734; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin-Joseph Steens (Clavichord), Jacques-Antoine Bresch (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 

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