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The Sons Of Bach - Symphonies, Concertos, Chamber Music

Bach / Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra / Haenchen
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94700   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel BachJohann Christian BachWilhelm Friedemann BachJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Machiko TakahashiKlaus KirbachRoland MünchBart Van Oort,   ... 
Conductor:  Didier TalpainHartmut HaenchenRoland KieftRoss Pople,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente NaturaliC.P.E. Bach Chamber OrchestraConcertgebouw Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"When it first came out, this particular recording won a Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (now the ECHO Prize), an industry award that was fully deserved... The two Organ Concertos have been surprisingly infrequently recorded as such, due in part to the fact that CPE was more of a general keyboardist than a dedicated organist, and wrote these works to be played on more or less any kind of keyboard - even, in the case of the G major work, on a flute! Consequently, the concertos are far more likely to be recorded by harpsichordists, yet they sound magnificent as organ works, impressively but not excessively virtuosic, packed with typically Emanuelian elegance, variety, depth, controlled excitement and invention." -- Byzantion, MusicWeb Read more International (reviewing C.P.E. Bach's Wq 34, 70/7, 35 and 119/7)

"Harmonices Mundi is the nom de plume , so to speak, for the Bozen Baroque Orchestra, just as Apollo’s Fire is the handle by which the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra is known. Fanciful names aside, harpsichordist and conductor Claudio Astronio has fashioned his 2006-founded, Bolzano-based band into one of the best-sounding period-instrument ensembles I’ve heard. Articulation is crisp and alert, intonation perfect, and the playing infused with such spirited élan in fast movements and such warmth in slow ones that listening to these discs was a truly joyful experience. This, in combination with an excellent recording and Wilhelm Friedemann’s exceptional music, wins this release a 'must-have' recommendation." -- Jerry Dubins, FANFARE (reviewing W.F. Bach's F 41, 45, 10 and 46)

The Bach family of musicians comprises a dynasty that effectively spanned more than 200 years of composition. Johann Sebastian stands at the top of the hierarchy, but what do we know about the family's other members?

This release offers us a chance to become acquainted with the work of the German maestro's four sons, revealing the ample talent of a generation that played a crucial role in further advancing music's development over the course of the 18th century. The collection begins with Carl Philipp Emanuel, the most boldly innovative and original, best known for his large collection of harpsichord works (it is therefore refreshing to hear some of his other music on this set, namely his Berlin and Hamburg Symphonies, his Flute Concertos and works for organ). From CD5 the youngest son, Johann Christian, takes over the musical reins, his distinct, Classical-bound style (no doubt influenced by his studies in Italy) much in evidence in his Sinfonia Concertante (here are four of the 18 he wrote) and his Six Sonatas Op.5 -- the first publication to mention both the fortepiano, of which he was a great champion, and harpsichord as performance options. From the youngest son to the eldest: the set moves on to Wilhelm Friedemann, one of the main forerunners of the Empfindsamkeit. And yet contemporary critics took an ill-judged view of his music, seeing him a continuation of his father and not enough of a clean break -- something which this set, featuring his radical harpsichord concertos, is able to refute. The compilation concludes with a CD devoted to the music of Johann Christoph Bach, without doubt the least-known of the Bach sons. Probably the least progressive, too, his music still reflects the stylistic developments of the latter half of the 18th century -- his Symphony in B flat HW1 No.20, for example, written a few months before his death in 1795, assimilates elements of the prevailing Viennese style.

The release features an array of period-performance ensembles and artists who have made the music of Bach their primary study -- such names include the 'Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel' under esteemed director Haenchen and the renowned Leipzig group Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum.

Other information:
- Recordings made between 1985 and 2009.
- Such was the genius and all encompassing musical substance of the great Johann Sebastian Bach that it was unavoidable that his genes would have a strong imprint on the musical abilities of his offspring. Indeed several of his sons became more than accomplished composers, each of them going their own musical way: Carl Philipp Emmanuel finding new expression in dramatic "Sturm und Drang", Johann Christian opting for "Stile Galante", Wilhelm Friedemann's highly personal style paving the way for the Romantics, and Johann Christoph Friedrich, finding a style akin to Boccherini's charm and elegance.
- This set offers a fascinating "family picture", witness of an important period in Western music history, and a wealth of immensely enjoyable music!
- Excellent performances, mainly on the basis of "historically informed Performance Practice".
- Liner notes and sung texts can be downloaded at www.brilliantclassics.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonias (4), Wq 183: no 1 in D major, H 663 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775-1776; Hamburg, Germany 
2.
Sinfonias (4), Wq 183: no 2 in E flat major, H 664 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775-1776; Hamburg, Germany 
3.
Concertos (6) for Harpsichord, Wq 43: no 4 in C minor, H 474 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Hamburg, Germany 
4.
Sinfonias (4), Wq 183: no 3 in F major, H 665 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775-1776; Hamburg, Germany 
5.
Sinfonias (4), Wq 183: no 4 in G major, H 666 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Didier Talpain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775-1776; Hamburg, Germany 
6.
Sinfonia in E flat major, Wq 179/H 654 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1757-1762; Berlin, Germany 
7.
Sinfonia in F major, Wq 181/H 656 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1757-1762; Berlin, Germany 
8.
Sinfonia in C major, Wq 174/H 649 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755; Berlin, Germany 
9.
Sinfonia in F major, Wq 175/H 650 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755; Berlin, Germany 
10.
Sinfonia in E minor, Wq 178/H 653 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1756; Berlin, Germany 
11.
Concerto for Oboe in B flat major, Wq 164/H 466 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Machiko Takahashi (Flute)
Conductor:  Roland Kieft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1765; Berlin, Germany 
12.
Concerto for Flute in D minor, Wq 22/H 425 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Machiko Takahashi (Flute)
Conductor:  Roland Kieft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747 
13.
Concerto for Oboe in E flat major, Wq 165/H 468 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Machiko Takahashi (Flute)
Conductor:  Roland Kieft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1765; Berlin, Germany 
14.
Concerto for Organ in G major, Wq 34/H 444 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord), Roland Münch (Organ)
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  Berlin-Karlshorst, Kirche "Zur frohen Bo 
Length: 24 Minutes 9 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Organ in D major, Wq 70.7/H 107 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Roland Münch (Organ)
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  Berlin-Karlshorst, Kirche "Zur frohen Bo 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for Organ in E flat major, Wq 35/H 446 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord), Roland Münch (Organ)
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1759; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  Berlin-Karlshorst, Kirche "Zur frohen Bo 
Length: 18 Minutes 1 Secs. 
17.
Fantasy and Fugue for Keyboard in C minor, Wq 119 no 7/H 103 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Roland Münch (Organ)
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1754; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  Berlin-Karlshorst, Kirche "Zur frohen Bo 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
18.
Sinfonia concertante for 2 Violins in G major, C 32 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Ross Pople
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1772 
19.
Sinfonia concertante for 2 Clarinets and Bassoon in E flat major by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Ross Pople
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
20.
Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Cello in A major, C 34 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Ross Pople
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1773; Paris, France 
21.
Sinfonia concertante for 2 Violins and Oboe in E flat major, C 33 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Ross Pople
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1773 
22.
Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Op. 5 by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Bart Van Oort (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1776; London, England 
23.
Sinfonia in D major, F 64 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1746-1764; Germany 
24.
Sinfonia in D minor, F 65 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
25.
Sinfonia in F major, F 67 "Dissonant" by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1733-1746; Germany 
26.
Ertönet, ihr seligen Völker, F 88: Sinfonia in F major by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
27.
Wo geht die Lebensreise hin, F 91: Sinfonia in D major by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
28.
O Wunder, wer kann dieses fassen, F 92: Sinfonia in G major by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
29.
Overture for Strings in G minor, BWV 1070 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
30.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, F 41 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Claudio Astronio (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1733-1746; Dresden, Germany 
31.
Concerto for Harpsichord in A minor, F 45 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Claudio Astronio (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1733-1746; Germany 
32.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords solo in F major, F 10 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Claudio Astronio (Harpsichord), Marco Facchin (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1773; Germany 
33.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in E major, F 46 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Claudio Astronio (Harpsichord), Marco Facchin (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Claudio Astronio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonices Mundi String Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
34.
Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F 80 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Wilfried Jochens (Tenor), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass), Claudia Schubert (Alto)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1749; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen 
Length: 29 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
35.
Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F 89 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Claudia Schubert (Alto), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Wilfried Jochens (Tenor),
Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen 
Length: 23 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
36.
Symphony no 10 in E flat major, HW 1 no 10 by J. C. F. Bach
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig New Bach Collegium Musicum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770-1772; Bückeburg, Germany 
37.
Symphony no 2 in B flat major, HW 1 no 2 by J. C. F. Bach
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig New Bach Collegium Musicum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Bückeburg, Germany 
38.
Symphony no 6 in C major, HW 1 no 6 by J. C. F. Bach
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig New Bach Collegium Musicum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Bückeburg, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Whoever who inherits it...does not steal it. February 4, 2014 By C. De Leon (HATILLO, PR) See All My Reviews "This set of music composed by the "children" of J.S. Bach could be a good introduction to the music of Bach's children. Although the selected works are not inclusive of all the musical creation of these gentlemen, it has a very interesting diversity of their composing talents. I am not an expert in music. I am just an audiophile who enjoy more than anything else, music. For me, the music of C.P.E. Bach is extraordinarily beautiful and next is Johann Christian Bach's music then the others. All of their compositions are musical gems. Taking into consideration their father's genial musical production during his life... it is no surprise that something must have been inherited in their composing virtuosity. I recommend this set as a varied introduction to these probably not-so-famous composers of baroque music." Report Abuse
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