The Sons of Bach: Symphonies, Concertos, Chamber Music

Artist Various artists
Format 10 CD
Cat. number 94700
EAN code 5028421947006
Release November 2013

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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.

At a bargain €22, this 10CD box should not be forgone. 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”.
- Sung texts and extensive liner notes available at www.brilliantclassics.com.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony in D Major, Wq. 183 No. 1: I. Allegro di molto
  2. Symphony in D Major, Wq. 183 No. 1: II. Largo
  3. Symphony in D Major, Wq. 183 No. 1: III. Presto
  4. Symphony in E-Flat Major, Wq. 183 No. 2: I. Allegro di molto
  5. Symphony in E-Flat Major, Wq. 183 No. 2: II. Larghetto
  6. Symphony in E-Flat Major, Wq. 183 No. 2: III. Presto
  7. Harpsichord Concerto in C Minor, Wq. 43 No. 4: I. Allegro assai
  8. Harpsichord Concerto in C Minor, Wq. 43 No. 4: II. Poco adagio
  9. Harpsichord Concerto in C Minor, Wq. 43 No. 4: III. Tempo di menuetto
  10. Harpsichord Concerto in C Minor, Wq. 43 No. 4: IV. Allegro assai
  11. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 183 No. 3: I. Allegro di molto
  12. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 183 No. 3: II. Larghetto
  13. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 183 No. 3: III. Presto
  14. Symphony in G Major, Wq. 183 No. 4: I. Allegro assai
  15. Symphony in G Major, Wq. 183 No. 4: II. Poco andante
  16. Symphony in G Major, Wq. 183 No. 4: III. Presto

Disk 2

  1. Symphony in E-Flat Major, Wq. 179: I. Prestissimo
  2. Symphony in E-Flat Major, Wq. 179: II. Larghetto
  3. Symphony in E-Flat Major, Wq. 179: III. Presto
  4. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 181: I. Allegro
  5. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 181: II. Andante
  6. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 181: III. Allegro assai
  7. Symphony in C Major, Wq. 174: I. Allegro assai
  8. Symphony in C Major, Wq. 174: II. Andante
  9. Symphony in C Major, Wq. 174: III. Allegro
  10. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 175: I. Allegro assai
  11. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 175: II. Andante
  12. Symphony in F Major, Wq. 175: III. Tempo di Menuetto
  13. Symphony in E Minor, Wq. 178: I. Allegro assai
  14. Symphony in E Minor, Wq. 178: II. Andante moderato
  15. Symphony in E Minor, Wq. 178: III. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Flute Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 164: I. Allegretto (orig. Oboe Concerto)
  2. Flute Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 164: II. Largo e mesto (orig. Oboe Concerto)
  3. Flute Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 164: III. Allegro moderato (orig. Oboe Concerto)
  4. Flute Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 22: I. Allegro
  5. Flute Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 22: II. Un poco andante
  6. Flute Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 22: III. Allegro di molto
  7. Flute Concerto in E-Flat Major, Wq. 165: I. Allegro (orig. Oboe Concerto)
  8. Flute Concerto in E-Flat Major, Wq. 165: II. Adagio ma non troppo (orig. Oboe Concerto)
  9. Flute Concerto in E-Flat Major, Wq. 165: III. Allegro ma non troppo (orig. Oboe Concerto)

Disk 4

  1. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Continuo in G Major, Wq. 34: I. Allegro di molto
  2. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Continuo in G Major, Wq. 34: II. Largo
  3. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Continuo in G Major, Wq. 34: III. Presto
  4. Prelude in D Major, Wq. 70 No. 7
  5. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, Wq. 35: I. Allegro moderato
  6. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, Wq. 35: II. Adagio sostenuto con sordini
  7. Concerto for Organ, Strings and Continuo in B-Flat Major, Wq. 35: III. Allegro
  8. Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, Wq. 119 No. 7

Disk 5

  1. Sinfonia Concertante in G Major: I. Allegro
  2. Sinfonia Concertante in G Major: II. Andante
  3. Sinfonia Concertante in G Major: III. Menuetto
  4. Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro assai
  5. Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major: II. Larghetto
  6. Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major: III. Menuetto
  7. Sinfonia Concertante in A Major: I. Andante di molto
  8. Sinfonia Concertante in A Major: II. Rondeau: Allegro assai
  9. Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major: I. Andante
  10. Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major: II. Menuetto

Disk 6

  1. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major: I. Allegretto
  2. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major: II. Tempo di minuetto
  3. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 2 in D Major: I. Allegro di molto
  4. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 2 in D Major: II. Andante di molto
  5. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 2 in D Major: III. Minuetto
  6. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 3 in G Major: I. Allegro
  7. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 3 in G Major: II. Allegretto
  8. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro
  9. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major: II. Rondeaux: Allegretto
  10. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 5 in E Major: I. Allegro assai
  11. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 5 in E Major: II. Adagio
  12. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 5 in E Major: III. Prestissimo
  13. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 6 in C Minor: I. Grave
  14. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 6 in C Minor: II. Allegro moderato
  15. Six Sonatas, Op. 5, Sonata No. 6 in C Minor: III. Allegretto

Disk 7

  1. Sinfonia in F Major “Dissonant”: I. Vivace
  2. Sinfonia in F Major “Dissonant”: II. Andante
  3. Sinfonia in F Major “Dissonant”: III. Allegro
  4. Sinfonia in F Major “Dissonant”: IV. Menuetto I & II
  5. Sinfonia in F Major to the Whitsun Cantata “Ertönet, ihr seligen Völker”: I. Un poco allegro
  6. Sinfonia in D Minor: I. Adagio – Allegro e forte
  7. Sinfonia in D Major to the Whitsun Cantata “Dies ist der Tag”: I. Allegro e maestoso
  8. Sinfonia in D Major to the Whitsun Cantata “Dies ist der Tag”: II. Andante
  9. Sinfonia in D Major to the Whitsun Cantata “Dies ist der Tag”: III. Vivace
  10. Sinfonia in D Major to the Ascension Cantata “Wo gehet die Lebensreise hin”
  11. Sinfonia in G Major to the Christmas Cantata “O Wunder”
  12. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: I. Larghetto – Un poco allegro (Attr. W.F. Bach)
  13. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: II. Torneo (Attr. W.F. Bach)
  14. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: III. Aria. Adagio (Attr. W.F. Bach)
  15. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: IV. Menuetto alternativo – Trio (Attr. W.F. Bach)
  16. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: V. Capriccio (Attr. W.F. Bach)

Disk 8

  1. Concerto in D Major for Harpsichord and Strings, F. 41: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto in D Major for Harpsichord and Strings, F. 41: II. Andante
  3. Concerto in D Major for Harpsichord and Strings, F. 41: III. Presto
  4. Concerto in A Minor for Harpsichord and Strings, F. 45: I. No Tempo Indication
  5. Concerto in A Minor for Harpsichord and Strings, F. 45: II. Larghetto
  6. Concerto in A Minor for Harpsichord and Strings, F. 45: III. Allegro ma non molto
  7. Concerto in F Major for 2 Harpsichords, F. 10: I. Allegro moderato
  8. Concerto in F Major for 2 Harpsichords, F. 10: II. Andante
  9. Concerto in F Major for 2 Harpsichords, F. 10: III. Presto
  10. Concerto in E-Flat Major for 2 Harpsichords, F. 46: I. Un poco allegro
  11. Concerto in E-Flat Major for 2 Harpsichords, F. 46: II. Cantabile
  12. Concerto in E-Flat Major for 2 Harpsichords, F. 46: III. Vivace

Disk 9

  1. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: I. Chorus. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis
  2. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: II. Recitative. Es ist nun hohe Zeit (Alto)
  3. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: III. Chorale. Steh auf vom Sündenschlaf
  4. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: IV. Recitative. Drum, Vater (Tenor)
  5. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: V. Aria. Vater, mit Erbarmen (Soprano)
  6. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: VI. Accompanied Recitative. Ich weiß, die Nacht ist schon dahin
  7. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: VII. Aria. Ich ziehe Jesum an im Glauben (Alto)
  8. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: VIII. Chorale. Den Geist, der heilig ist
  9. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis: IX. Chorus da capo. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis
  10. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste: I. Chorus. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste
  11. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste: II. Recitative. Gott hat uns Gnad und Heil (Tenor)
  12. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste: III. Aria. Der Trost gehöret nur vor Kinder (Soprano)
  13. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste: IV. Accompanied Recitative. Dein Heiland lässt die Bahn (Alto)
  14. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste: V. Aria. Holdseligster Engel (Bass)
  15. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste: VI. Chorale. Wir Menschen sind zu dem, o Gott

Disk 10

  1. Symphony in B-Flat Major, HWI No. 20: I. Largo – Allegro
  2. Symphony in B-Flat Major, HWI No. 20: II. Andante con moto
  3. Symphony in B-Flat Major, HWI No. 20: III. Minuetto
  4. Symphony in B-Flat Major, HWI No. 20: IV. Rondo. Allegretto scherzando
  5. Symphony in E-Flat Major, HWI No. 10: I. Allegro
  6. Symphony in E-Flat Major, HWI No. 10: II. Andante assai
  7. Symphony in E-Flat Major, HWI No. 10: III. Allegro assai
  8. Symphony in C Major, HWI No. 6: I. Allegro di molto
  9. Symphony in C Major, HWI No. 6: II. Andante
  10. Symphony in C Major, HWI No. 6: III. Allegro assai