Johann Christian Bach


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
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    Haydn: La Reine / Chauvin, Piau, Le Concert de la Loge
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 131 Release Date: 11/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri-Joseph Rigel,  Giuseppe Sarti,  Johann Christian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Julien Chauvin,  Sandrine Piau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert De La Loge
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    Ord-Tempered Harpsichord
    Label: Willowhayne Records   Catalog: WHR040 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giles Farnaby,  William Tisdale  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Swinton,  Kenneth Mobbs
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    Vivarte Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 2367 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Schäfer,  Jonas Will,  Johannes Pohl,  Harry Van der Kamp  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Ruhland,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frieder Bernius,  Bruno Weil  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Niederaltaich Scholars,  Tölz Boys Choir,  Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Duets, Vol. 1 / Perkins, Abbate
    Label: Resonus Classics   Catalog: 10172 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
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  • 5.
    Bach / Radulovic
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002560102 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Nemanja Radulovic,  Tijana Miloševi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Trilles Du Diable
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    Discovering the Classical String Trio / The Vivaldi Project
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1621 Release Date: 08/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felice Giardini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Vivaldi Project
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    The Pleasures of the Imagination: English 18th Century Music for the Harpsichord / Yates
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 0814 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Blow,  Jeremiah Clarke,  William Croft,  Maurice Greene  ... 
    Performer:  Sophie Yates
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    Archiv Produktion: Analogue Stereo Recordings (1959-1981)
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002490502 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pierre Vachon,  Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Hedwig Bilgram,  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  August Wenzinger,  Karl Ristenpart,  Robert Stehli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  Loewenguth String Quartet  ... 
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    Love & Friendship (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 531493 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  William Boyce,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  The Irish Film Orchestra,  Mark Suozzo,  Chloe [Love & Friendship] Martin,  William Butt  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Suozzo
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    Jared Hauser plays Bach
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 389 Release Date: 03/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Jared Hauser,  Carolyn Huebl
    Conductor:  Robin Fountain
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blair Sinfoniette,  Atlantis Ensemble
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    A Bach Family Album
    Label: Willowhayne Records   Catalog: 19743 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Bernhard Bach,  Heinrich Bach,  Wilhelm F. Bach,  Johann Michael Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Swinton
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    J.C. & C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Stamitz, Vanhal, Goldberg: Oboe Quartets & Trio Sonatas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552401 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Stamitz,  Johann Christian Bach,  Johann Baptist Vanhal  ... 
    Performer:  Ray Still,  Lynn Harrell,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
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    Zu Gast Im Blauen Haus
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38185 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Johann Christian Bach,  Anton Fils,  Carl Stamitz  ... 
    Performer:  German Echeverri Chamorro,  Karoline Echeverri Klemm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Der Musikalische Garten
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    Baroque, Classical and Modern Arias & Scenes for Countertenor / Bejun Mehta
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908736 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Tommaso Traetta,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Bejun Mehta,  Rosemary Joshua,  Julius Drake
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    J. C. Bach: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 5 / Rachel Heard
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 970169 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Rachel Heard
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    The Parisian Symphony
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  André Modeste Grétry,  François Joseph Gossec,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Joseph Martin Kraus  ... 
    Performer:  Sophie Karthäuser,  Jan de Winne,  Patrick Cohën-Akenine,  François Poly  ... 
    Conductor:  Guy Van Waas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Agrémens
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol 2 – 1963-69
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619043 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Lily Laskine,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Pasquier,  Bernard Fonteny  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  André Jolivet,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  André Girard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    The Bach Recordings / Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002307502 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Christian Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Performer:  Christophe Rousset,  Catherine Mackintosh,  Monica Huggett,  Christopher Hirons  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 20.
    The Bachs' Court In Leipzig
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 37012 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wilhelm F. Bach,  Johann Christian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daccapo Italian Harpsichord Duo
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    The 5 Countertenors
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002295102 Release Date: 05/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Jommelli,  Nicolo Porpora,  Baldassare Galuppi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Valer [Countertenor Vocal] Sabadus,  Xavier Sabata,  Max Emanuel [Countertenor Vocal] Cencic,  Yuriy [Countertenor Vocal] Mynenko  ... 
    Conductor:  George Petrou
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
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  • 22.
    J. C. Bach: Six Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94965 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Lina Uinskyte,  Marco Ruggeri
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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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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