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J.C. Bach: Six Sonatas Op 5 / Sophie Yates

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Christian : Six Sonatas, Op. 5
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Besides the many operas and works for the concert hall, Johann Christian Bach also composed keyboard music of a predominantly light character. Much of it was intended for social purposes but the works should not be regarded as second rate. There are two sets of sonatas, and Opus 5 may be played on diverse keyboard instruments but was designed also to showcase the capabilities of the then relatively new pianoforte. On this recording Sophie Yates plays Op. 5 on the harpsichord, which she thinks brings out the stylistic novelties to greater effect, and it is thus the only one available featuring this instrument.

"Here are JC Bach's Six Sonatas, Op. 5, performed by Sophie Yates on a particularly lovery sounding harpsichord. The tone is light, powdery, and effervescent. One can almost hear in the instrument's sustain the silky string writing composed by Mozart to adorn some of these sonatas. Yates plays with poise and reserve. Her interpretive choices cast Bach's music as symmetrical and subdued at heart." - American Record Guide

"...Formally, these early sonatas are still groping their way toward formal Classical structures... Stylistically, however, Christian Bach's sonatas are closer to the 'stil galant' that emphasized melody over polyphony, a less chromatic, more tonic-dominant oriented harmonic vocabulary, shorter phrases of regular length, less reliance on the all-important bass line, and fewer excitable dramatic gestures. In other words, it was a reaction to the excesses of the Baroque... These early sonatas may not be music you will listen to often, but Yates does them justice, and makes them well worth hearing. Recommended." -Fanfare


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>Bach, Johann Christian : Six Sonatas, Op. 5
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (11/28/2005-11/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1766