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Bachiana - Music By The Bach Family / Musica Antiqua Köln


Release Date: 11/13/2001 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 471150   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Ludwig BachHeinrich BachJohann Christoph BachCyriacus Wilche,   ... 
Performer:  Reinhard GoebelStephan SchardtLéon Berben
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's another one of those Bach family samplers that, while not revealing any more than we already know regarding the towering superiority of Johann Sebastian, does bring to light works that were only "recently discovered". All were written by relatives older than Sebastian, and among these the most interesting are the Overture (Suite) in G and Concerto in D by Johann Ludwig (1677-1731). The former, for strings, a pair of oboes, and continuo, begins boldly in the most formal French manner, then springs into a lilting, tuneful Air, followed by a bouncy Menuet, appropriately lively yet sturdy Gavotte, a second Air even more playful (and Handelian) than the first, and concluding with an infectious Bourrée. Ludwig's Concerto Read more shows an affinity for oboe writing in the Adagio and a grasp of energetic dance-rhythm in the final Allegro that in a world without the younger Sebastian certainly would have made a grander impression. But the decidedly artful work of the older Ludwig ultimately compels us to appreciate even more what the genius Sebastian could do with virtually the same materials. We're given that chance at the end of the disc, where Reinhard Goebel and his excellent period-instrument Musica Antiqua Köln offer the fulfillment of an intriguing and oft-discussed notion: that the opening two-movement Sinfonia of Bach's Easter Oratorio forms two-thirds of a three-movement concerto--completed by the oratorio's opening chorus, which these performers happily (and successfully) add in a version "reconstructed" for instruments alone.


Of course, just because your name is Bach and you happen to be a musician doesn't guarantee your ability to write memorable music--or even music worthy of any special attention. That's proven by the two rather square, harmonically predictable, rhythmically staid sonatas "for five instruments" by Heinrich Bach (1615-92), the formulaic "battle" piece by Cyriacus Wilche (d. 1667)--Anna Magdalena's grandfather and thus quite a stretch for inclusion here, and an interminable if inoffensive theme and 15 variations for harpsichord by Johann Christoph (1642-1703). Nevertheless, this is music well worth investigation by anyone who wants to explore a little more deeply the roots of the Bach family tree. The first-rate performances are accompanied by sound that's on the dry side, giving extra bite and a slight rawness to the timbres that works very well for this unusual if not essential repertoire.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite in G major by Johann Ludwig Bach
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschland Radio, Cologne 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Sonata a 5 no 1 in C major by Heinrich Bach
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschland Radio, Cologne 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Sonata a 5 no 2 in F major by Heinrich Bach
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschland Radio, Cologne 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D major by Johann Ludwig Bach
Performer:  Reinhard Goebel (Violin), Stephan Schardt (Violin)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; Meiningen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschland Radio, Cologne 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Aria Eberliniana by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Léon Berben (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1690; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschland Radio, Cologne 
Length: 16 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Battaglia for Strings by Cyriacus Wilche
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1659; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschland Radio, Cologne 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Easter Oratorio, BWV 249: Sinfonia no 1 in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschland Radio, Cologne 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This sinfonia was reconstructed as a three-movement concerto, based on various manuscripts of Bach's. 
8.
Sonata and Capriccio for Violin, 2 Violas and Basso Continuo in G minor by Signor Pagh
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1670; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschland Radio, Cologne 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This composer might be the same as Johann Michael Bach, a distant uncle of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Sound Samples

Suite in G: Ouverture
Suite in G: Air I
Suite in G: Menuet
Suite in G: Gavotte
Suite in G: Air II
Suite in G: Bourrée
Sonata "a cinque" in C
Sonata "a cinque" in F
Concerto in D: 1. Allegro
Concerto in D: 2. Adagio
Concerto in D: 3. Allegro
Aria Eberliniana pro dormente Camillo
Battaglia - anno 1659 composta
Sonata & Fantaisie in G minor
Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - "Concerto" in D after BWV 249: 1. Sinfonia
Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - "Concerto" in D after BWV 249: 2. Adagio
Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 - "Concerto" in D after BWV 249: 3. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Other Bachs April 30, 2014 By Malcolm Baldwin (Lovettsville, VA) See All My Reviews "This is lovely recording that I'd ordered after hearing, for the first time, a bit of the Johann Ludwig Bach concerto in D. It includes pieces by Henrich Bach (1615-92) and Christoph Bach (1642-1703). It's a great treat to hear these otherwise obscure pieces, and one would have liked more of them included. For while J.S. Bach's concerto at the end is lovely too, it's commonly available. Better to have had 11 minutes of more obscure Bachs. But I recommend this recording highly." Report Abuse
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