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Johann Christian Bach

Biography

Born: 1735   Died: 1782   Country: Germany   Period: Classical
Johann Christian Bach had more fame in his lifetime than his father, the illustrious Johann Sebastian Bach, ever enjoyed. One of the leading composers of the Classical era, he is no longer eclipsed entirely by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. He was the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, who presumably gave the boy solid musical instruction but died when Johann Christian was 15. He was sent to Berlin to live and study with his well-established Read more half-brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Johann Christian gained a desire to write opera, and at the age of 19, he disregarded his brother's advice and set off for Italy. After some time writing church music, he was commissioned to write an opera to Metastasio's libretto Artaserse in 1760. It was the first in a string of three successful operas, which resulted in a call from London to write operas for the new king's theater. His first London effort, Orione, was produced on February 19, 1763. It won considerable praise and was transformed into a sensation when King George III and Queen Sophie Charlotte returned to see it again the next night.
The 20-year-old queen was German, homesick, and happy to hire a young German as her household musician and teacher for herself and her children. He was also an on-call accompanist for whenever King George decided to play flute. He met the Mozart family when they visited in 1764 and became a strong influence on the talented young Wolfgang.
A new impresario broke the king's theater contract with Bach, who then founded (in 1765) the Bach-Abel concerts with notable composer Carl Friedrich Abel. This became the leading concert series in London, initially held at Carlisle house in Soho Square, but later moving to Almack's Assembly Rooms on King Street. The series ran through 1782 and Bach soon found his operas back in favor. In 1768, Bach made history by becoming the first person to give a solo piano performance in London.
Bach also wrote music for notable political occasions on the Continent as well as in Britain. In the late 1770s, his fortunes declined. His music lost its popularity, and his steward embezzled practically all his wealth. His health declined, and he died in 1782 in considerable debt. Queen Sophie met the immediate expenses of the estate and established a life pension for Bach's widow, Cecilia. Read less
J. C. Bach: Sinfonias Vol 1 / Gmür, Camerata Budapest
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553083   Number of Discs: 1
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J. C. Bach: Sinfonias Vol 3 / Gmür, Camerata Budapest
Release Date: 03/21/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553085   Number of Discs: 1
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J.c. Bach: Sinfonias Vol 4 / Gmür, Failoni Orchestra
Release Date: 01/23/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553367   Number of Discs: 1
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Music For Oboe & Strings - Mozart, Crusell, J.c. Bach
Release Date: 11/16/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557361   Number of Discs: 1
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J. C. Bach: Six Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 17 / Alberto Nosè
Release Date: 02/26/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570361   Number of Discs: 1
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    J. C. Bach: 3 Quintets, Sextet / Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423385 Release Date: 12/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  David Reichenberg,  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert members
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    The Sons of Bach / Freiburg Baroque
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83023 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Michael Behringer,  Karl Kaiser,  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  Christine Schornsheim  ... 
    Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Bach Orchestra,  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort,  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    C. P. E. Bach: Concertos & Symphonies / Huss
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2098 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Reinhard Czasch,  Alexei Lubimov,  Yury Martynov
    Conductor:  Manfred Huss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
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    Mozart's Garden / Mojca Erdmann
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B001621702 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Salieri,  Giovanni Paisiello,  Ignaz Holzbauer  ... 
    Performer:  Mojca Erdmann
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
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    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach - Pere et Fils / David Bismuth
    Label: Ameson   Catalog: 1325 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  David Bismuth
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    Johann Christian Bach: Six Sonatas Op. 17 / Bart Van Oort
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94661 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Bart Van Oort
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    Johann Christian Bach: Six Sonatas Op. 5 / Bart Van Oort
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94634 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Bart Van Oort
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    English Accents: Oboe Players In England During The 1950s
    Label: Oboe Classics   Catalog: 2027 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Winfield,  Leonard Brain,  Sidney Sutcliffe,  Edward Selwyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Geraint Jones,  John Minchinton,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble,  Collegium Musicum Londinii,  London Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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    Old, New & Blue / Eric Vloeimans, Holland Baroque Society
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 35613 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Vloeimans,  Tylman Susato,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Vloeimans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Baroque Society
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    The Sons Of Bach - Symphonies, Concertos, Chamber Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94700 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Christian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Machiko Takahashi,  Klaus Kirbach,  Roland Münch,  Bart Van Oort  ... 
    Conductor:  Didier Talpain,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Roland Kieft,  Ross Pople  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Che Puro Ciel / Bejun Mehta, Rene Jacobs, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902172 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tommaso Traetta,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Bejun Mehta
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    Joseph Haydn: Schopfungsmesse; Johann Christian Bach: Sinfonia B-dur
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6083 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Ute Selbig,  Eric Stokloßa,  Matthias Grünert,  Andreas Scheibner
    Conductor:  Matthias Grünert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kammerchor der Frauenkirche
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    A Bach Notebook For Trumpet
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 418 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ernst Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Ludwig Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood,  Daniel-Ben Pienaar
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    Bach Family: Organ Music / Sergio Militello
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94483 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Johann Bernhard Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Militello
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    C. P. E., J. C., J. S. Bach: Keyboard Concertos / Anastasia Injushina
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1224 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Christian Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anastasia Injushina
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Camerata
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    Vivaldi, Etc: Bassoon Concertos / Smith, Ledger, English Co
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Henry Hargrave,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Daniel Smith,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Boccherini: Cello Concerto In B Flat Major; J.c. Bach: Sinfonia Concertante In A Major; Grand Overture (Symphony) Op. 18 No. 1
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 755362 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Layton James
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
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    J. C. Bach: Zanaida / David Stern, Opera Fuoco
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 312 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Julie Fioretti,  Vannina Santoni,  Daphné Touchais,  Marina De Liso  ... 
    Conductor:  David Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Fuoco
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  • 24.
    The Voice / Philippe Jaroussky
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2704 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Nicolo Porpora,  Leonardo Leo  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  David Daniels,  Ian Bostridge,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Fabio Biondi,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Artaserse Ensemble,  Europa Galante  ... 
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  • 25.
    Bach Bachianas - Music By The Bach Family / Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koln [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001725802 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Bach,  Heinrich Bach,  Johann Michael Bach,  Georg Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Zedelius,  Ulla Groenewold,  Paul Elliott,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Rheinische Kantorei
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