Bachanalia - Instrumental Music Of The Bach Family

Release Date: 10/29/2002
Label: MSR Classics
Catalog Number: 1082
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The Bach family is without doubt the most important extended musical family in Western cultural history. For three centuries - from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth - members of this family were active as musicians and composers. Fourteen of them are prominent enough to be given full biographical entries in the 2001 edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. This recording features instrumental works by Johann Sebastian Bach and three of his sons who became gifted composers. The first two, W.F. and C.P.E., were the children of Bach's first wife, Maria Barbara Bach, who died in 1720. Johann Christian was the youngest son of Bach and his second wife, Anna Magdalena. The music on this disc spans a period of six decades or more, from c. 1720 to c. 1780 and encompasses both Baroque and Classical styles. In keeping with current historical performance practices, the Baroque works are recorded at a pitch of A-415 - modern pitch of A-440 is a half step higher - and the concluding J.C. Bach quartet is recorded at about A-430, called Classical pitch. These recorded performances are played on period instruments (replica or original) which were designed to play at these pitches.
Works on This Recording
1. Duet for 2 Flutes in G major, F 59 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer: John Solum (Flute), Richard Wyton (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanoverian Ensemble members
Period: Classical
2. Duet for 2 Flutes in E minor, F 54 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer: John Solum (Flute), Richard Wyton (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanoverian Ensemble members
Period: Classical
3. Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1020 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Mary Hoyt (Violin), Linda Skernick (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanoverian Ensemble members
Period: Baroque
4. Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: John Solum (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanoverian Ensemble members
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1720s ; ?Cöthen, Germany
5. Quartet for 2 Flutes, Viola and Cello in D major, Op. 19 no 2 by Johann Christian Bach
Performer: Arthur Fiacco (Cello), Richard Wyton (Flute), John Solum (Flute), Monica Gerard (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanoverian Ensemble
Period: Classical
6. Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo in B minor, Wq 143/H 567 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer: Arthur Fiacco (Cello), Mary Hoyt (Violin), John Solum (Flute), Linda Skernick (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanoverian Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1731/1747 ; Berlin, Germany
7. Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo in B minor, Wq 143/H 567 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer: Mary Hoyt (Violin), Linda Skernick (Harpsichord), John Solum (Flute), Arthur Fiacco (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hanoverian Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1731/1747 ; Berlin, Germany
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