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W.F. Bach: Harpsichord Works, Vol. 4 - Sonata for 2 harpsichords; Sonatas (3) for harpsichord / Julia Brown & Barbara Baird, harpsichords

> Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in F major, Fk. 10 - I. Allegro ma moderato
> Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in F major, Fk. 10 - II. Andante
> Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in F major, Fk. 10 - III. Presto
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Fk. 1b - I. Allegro
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Fk. 1b - II. Grave
> Keyboard Sonata in C major, Fk. 1b - III. Vivace
> Keyboard Sonata in F major, Fk. 202 - I. Allegro
> Keyboard Sonata in F major, Fk. 202 - II. Siciliana
> Keyboard Sonata in F major, Fk. 202 - III. Presto
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Fk. 3 - I. Un poco allegro
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Fk. 3 - II. Adagio
> Keyboard Sonata in D major, Fk. 3 - III. Vivace

Album Summary

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Concerto (Sonata) for 2 harpsichords in F major, F. 10 (BR A12) (previously attrib. J.S. Bach, BWV A
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in C major, F. 1a (BR A2b) (later version)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in F major, F. 202 (BR A10)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in D major, F. 3 (BR A4)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Wilhelm Friedmann Bach was significant in developing the relatively new keyboard sonata form between the Baroque and Classical periods. Combining stylistic elements from his father's generation and his own, the ambitious Sonata in D major was admired as "the most significant before Beethoven". The scale of the substantial Sonata in F for two keyboard instruments, one of W. F. Bach's best-known compositions, is such that it is sometimes referred to as a Concerto . Julia Brown's recordings give W. F. Bach's keyboard works "a liberty and sense of fun and engagement that make the music come alive" (Classical Neton Vol. 3, Naxos 8.572814).

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Volume 4 of this series of WF Bach's keyboard works opens with the Sonata for Harpsichords in F, F 10. Brown is joined by Barbara Baird on second harpsichord. This is one of Bach's most tender, optimistic, and playful works. The duo is followed by three solo sonatas, in C, F, and D (F 1b, 202, 3). The C-major Sonata retains some of the gentle simplicity of the duet. The Siciliana (II) is remarkably intimate. I had never heard the D-major Sonata before, and hearing it here cemented once and for all my love for WF Bach's music. It was the first piece he published. This Adagio is like musical acupuncture. Bach knows exactly where to put the needle. Listeners who are truly attentive to WF Bach's art will be rewarded many times over. Brown and Baird are strong and sensitive interpreters of this intricate music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon School of Musi (03/26/2012-03/27/2012).



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>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Concerto (Sonata) for 2 harpsichords in F major, F. 10 (BR A12) (previously attrib. J.S. Bach, BWV A
  • Performers: Barbara Baird (Harpsichord); Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon School of Music & Dance, USA (03/26/2012-03/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1740

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in C major, F. 1a (BR A2b) (later version)
  • Performer: Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon School of Music & Dance, USA (03/26/2012-03/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: after 1750

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in F major, F. 202 (BR A10)
  • Performer: Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon School of Music & Dance, USA (03/26/2012-03/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1735

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in D major, F. 3 (BR A4)
  • Performer: Julia Brown (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon School of Music & Dance, USA (03/26/2012-03/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1745