The Sons Of Bach - Symphonies, Concertos, Chamber Music

Release Date: 12/10/2013
Catalog Number: BRI94700
Number of Discs: 10

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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 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
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
Period: Classical
Written: 1757-1762 ; Berlin, Germany
7. Sinfonia in F major, Wq 181/H 656 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical
Written: 1757-1762 ; Berlin, Germany
8. Sinfonia in C major, Wq 174/H 649 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical
Written: 1755 ; Berlin, Germany
9. Sinfonia in F major, Wq 175/H 650 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical
Written: 1755 ; Berlin, Germany
10. Sinfonia in E minor, Wq 178/H 653 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
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: Roland Münch (Organ), Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical
Written: 1755 ; Berlin, Germany
15. Sonata for Organ in D major, Wq 70.7/H 107 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer: Roland Münch (Organ)
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical
Written: 1755 ;
16. Concerto for Organ in E flat major, Wq 35/H 446 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer: Roland Münch (Organ), Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical
Written: 1759 ; Berlin, Germany
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
Period: Classical
Written: 1754 ; Berlin, Germany
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
Period: Classical
Written: 1746-1764 ; Germany
24. Sinfonia in D minor, F 65 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical
Written: 18th Century ; Germany
25. Sinfonia in F major, F 67 "Dissonant" by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
Period: Classical
Written: 1733-1746 ; Germany
26. Ertönet, ihr seligen Völker, F 88: Sinfonia in F major by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
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
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
Period: Classical
Written: 18th Century ; Germany
29. Overture for Strings in G minor, BWV 1070 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
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
34. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F 80 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor: Hermann Max
Period: Classical
Written: 1749 ; Germany
35. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F 89 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor: Hermann Max
Period: Classical
36. Symphony no 10 in E flat major, HW 1 no 10 by J. C. F. Bach
Period: Classical
Written: 1770-1772 ; Bückeburg, Germany
37. Symphony no 2 in B flat major, HW 1 no 2 by J. C. F. Bach
Period: Classical
Written: 1768 ; Bückeburg, Germany
38. Symphony no 6 in C major, HW 1 no 6 by J. C. F. Bach
Period: Classical
Written: 1770 ; Bückeburg, Germany
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