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Bach Family: Chamber Music For Two Flutes / Schmeiser, Ostrý, Haffner, Muller, Rainer


Release Date: 05/10/2011 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5869   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel BachJohann Christian BachJ. C. F. BachWilhelm Friedemann Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Othmar MüllerJan OstryHansgeorg SchmeiserEszter Haffner,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Elegant chamber music...This is a lovely hour and a quarter.

Imagine what it must have been like to have grown up in the household of Johann Sebastian Bach. There were twenty children, ten of whom survived into adulthood and four of whom became significant composers. They all lived under the watchful and stern eye of the man most regard as the greatest composer ever to have lived. It is little wonder that the four brothers scattered to the four corners of the earth to establish their own remarkable and quite diverse lives and careers.
 
Perhaps thanks to Frederick the Great, the flute had by the middle of the eighteenth century become the instrument of choice for gentle and educated amateurs. That
Read more Johann Joachim Quantz dedicated his entire career to the instrument and that many other major composers wrote extensively for it is testament to its importance in the realm of wealthy, aristocratic musical patrons.
 
This collection features a number of fine chamber works for two flutes and represents all four of Sebastian Bach’s composer sons and one of his grandsons.
 
In his excellent program note, Ingomar Rainer argues that perhaps this music was never intended for listeners at all, rather for the sole enjoyment of the players themselves, and that it was never meant to be heard outside the private chambers of amateurs. If this is the case, we would be all the worse off, for this is music that if lacking in profundity, is more than enjoyable in terms of its elegance, charm and grace. Indeed, no listener will leave the room whistling some memorable or monumental tune. If however, that listener is attuned to fine craftsmanship and is in the mood for some soothing and non-invasive musical entertainment, there is much pleasure to be had in this collection of trios for two flutes with sundry accompanying instruments.
 
Our assembled cast of performers is of the first order. What I found particularly impressive is the way these players can take music that is not particularly virtuosic and play it so elegantly and without condescension. By that I mean, the listener never gets a sense that these works are anything less than masterpieces in spite of their relative simplicity. Each ensemble - the five musicians here team up in various combinations as the music requires - is marked by deft attention to detail. Of especial merit is Mr. Rainer’s fine harpsichord playing in J.C.F. Bach’s lovely trio. There is some fleet finger-work going on here and Rainer pulls off some pretty flashy passages with elegance and panache. Our two flutists are splendidly paired. They surely got good marks on their school reports for “playing well with others” as they demonstrate a strong sense of collegiality that serves the music beautifully.
 
Nimbus as always gives us a beautiful package with warm clear sound, nice balance between the instruments and the aforementioned superb booklet essay. This is a lovely hour and a quarter.
 
-- Kevin Sutton, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trio Sonata for 2 Flutes and Basso Continuo in E major, Wq 162/H 580 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Othmar Müller (Cello), Jan Ostry (Flute), Hansgeorg Schmeiser (Flute),
Eszter Haffner (Viola), Ingomar Rainer (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1749; Berlin, Germany 
2.
Trio for 2 Flutes and Cello in C major, T. 317/2 by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Othmar Müller (Cello), Jan Ostry (Flute), Hansgeorg Schmeiser (Flute),
Eszter Haffner (Viola), Ingomar Rainer (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
3.
Trio for Harpsichord/Piano, Flute/Violin and Viola in C major, HW 7 no 7 by J. C. F. Bach
Performer:  Othmar Müller (Cello), Jan Ostry (Flute), Hansgeorg Schmeiser (Flute),
Eszter Haffner (Viola), Ingomar Rainer (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: c1770-1780; Germany 
4.
Trio Sonata for 2 Flutes and Basso Continuo in D major, F 48 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Othmar Müller (Cello), Jan Ostry (Flute), Hansgeorg Schmeiser (Flute),
Eszter Haffner (Viola), Ingomar Rainer (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
5.
Trio Sonata for 2 Flutes and Basso Continuo in A minor, F 49 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Othmar Müller (Cello), Jan Ostry (Flute), Hansgeorg Schmeiser (Flute),
Eszter Haffner (Viola), Ingomar Rainer (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
6.
Trio in G major for 2 Flutes and Viola by W. Friedrich Ernst Bach
Performer:  Othmar Müller (Cello), Jan Ostry (Flute), Hansgeorg Schmeiser (Flute),
Eszter Haffner (Viola), Ingomar Rainer (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 

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