W.F. Bach: Keyboard Sonatas (4); Keyboard Suite / Julia Brown, harpsichord

> Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, Fk. 5 - I. Allegro ma non troppo
> Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, Fk. 5 - II. Largo
> Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, Fk. 5 - III. Presto
> Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Fk. 9 - I. Un poco allegro
> Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Fk. 9 - II. Grazioso
> Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Fk. 9 - III. Allegro di molto
> Keyboard Suite in G minor, Fk. 24 - I. Allemande
> Keyboard Suite in G minor, Fk. 24 - II. Courante
> Keyboard Suite in G minor, Fk. 24 - III. Sarabande
> Keyboard Suite in G minor, Fk. 24 - IV. Presto
> Keyboard Suite in G minor, Fk. 24 - V. Bouree - Trio I - Trio II
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Fk. 2 - I. Allegro
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Fk. 2 - II. Grave
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Fk. 2 - III. Presto
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Fk. 4 - I. Allegretto
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Fk. 4 - II. Suave
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Fk. 4 - III. Vivace

Album Summary

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, F. 5 (BR A7)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, F. 9 (BR A16)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Suite for keyboard in G minor, F. 24 (BR A39)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in C major, F. 2 (BR A3)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in D major, F. 4 (BR A5)
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was renowned as a brilliant improviser and keyboard performer. His keyboard sonatas, filled with quirky contrasts and a more adventurously chromatic and exploratory style than that of his contemporaries, attest to his individualism and virtuoso technical skill. His only Suite reworks and expands his father, J.S. Bach's models, turning conventional dance movements into character pieces. W.F. Bach's enthralling and unexpected twists and turns create an expressive and unique musical language, performed by the 'wonderful' Julia Brown. (Fanfare on 8.570530, W.F. Bach Keyboard Works Vol. 2). Julia Brown is currently Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon, while also maintaining a full schedule of teaching, performing and recording. She is also active as a harpsichordist, exploring performance practice and early music in chamber music settings.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Although it may seem from this description that Bach was a willfully inconsistent and isolated character, that is not the full story. As an artist he was an uncompromising risk taker, capable of achieving astounding depth in his music. It is this side of Bach that Brown reveals to us in her lively and graceful performances. The pieces she has picked (several sonatas and a suite) create an engaging program with ample variety to keep the listener's attention. I particularly enjoyed her comedic timing in the refreshingly silly scherzo-like Vivace of the Dmajor Sonata, F 4. You may do a double take when you hear the opening of the Sonata in Bflat, F 9: the opening motive sounds just like the theme of the Preambulum to JS Bach's Partita No. 5 in G.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, Oregon, U (06/06/2011-06/07/2011).



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>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, F. 5 (BR A7)
  • Performer: Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, Oregon, USA (06/06/2011-06/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, F. 9 (BR A16)
  • Performer: Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, Oregon, USA (06/06/2011-06/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?1770

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Suite for keyboard in G minor, F. 24 (BR A39)
  • Performer: Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, Oregon, USA (06/06/2011-06/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?1730

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in C major, F. 2 (BR A3)
  • Performer: Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, Oregon, USA (06/06/2011-06/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1760-1775

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in D major, F. 4 (BR A5)
  • Performer: Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, Oregon, USA (06/06/2011-06/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1760-1775