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W.F. Bach: Sinfonias / C.P.E. Bach Kammerorchester

Album Summary

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Sinfonia for strings in F major ("Dissonant"), F. 67 (BR C2)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Ertonet, ihr seligen Volker, cantata, F. 88
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Sinfonia in D minor ("Adagio and Fugue"), F. 65 (BR C7)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Sinfonia in D major (used as prelude to cantata "Dies ist der Tag"), F. 64 (BR C8)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Wo geht die Lebensreise hin?, cantata, F. 91
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : O Wunder, we kann dieses fassen?, cantata, F. 92
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Overture for Strings in G minor, BWV 1070
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The eldest of Johann Sebastian Bach's many sons, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was very possibly the most gifted of them all. Trained by his father, he cultivated a highly sensitive and refined musical language, as well as a bold and inventive style that was far ahead of his time. Yet his music is often misunderstood and underappreciated. As conductor Hartmut Haenchen explains in his liner notes, one of the reasons for this is that much of W.F. Bach's output has been destroyed or lost. This disc includes three world premiere recordings of sinfonias from Wilhelm Friedemann's cantatas, reconstructed and arranged by Haenchen after meticulous research into the whereabouts and condition of the original manuscripts. The works recorded here are a showcase for W.F. Bach's astonishing versatility and the variety of musical idioms that he employs. The "Dissonant" Sinfonia and the sinfonia from the cantata Fk88, for example, demonstrate a daring and unprecedented approach to harmony and counterpoint, while the sinfonia from Fk92 is more subtle and restrained, reminiscent of C.P.E. Bach's early Berlin Symphonies, but with a far more sophisticated harmonic structure. Also featured is the Suite in G minor, originally attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. Other information: "This collection is a stunning testimony to Wilhelm Friedemann's talents, and the performances are marked by vitality and intensity" (American Record Guide).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany (05/1993-06/1993).



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>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Sinfonia for strings in F major ("Dissonant"), F. 67 (BR C2)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Ensemble: C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1735-1740

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Ertönet, ihr seligen Völker, cantata, F. 88 :: Sinfonia in F
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1755-1760

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Sinfonia in D minor ("Adagio and Fugue"), F. 65 (BR C7)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1740-1745

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Sinfonia in D major (used as prelude to cantata "Dies ist der Tag"), F. 64 (BR C8)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1755

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Wo geht die Lebensreise hin?, cantata, F. 91 :: Sinfonia in D
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1755

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : O Wunder, we kann dieses fassen?, cantata, F. 92 :: Sinfonia in G
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Overture for Strings in G minor, BWV 1070
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1753