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Wilhelm Friedmann Bach: Keyboard Works, Vol. 2 / León Berben, Harpsichord & Square Piano

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  1. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BR-WFB A 2a/Fk. 1b: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BR-WFB A 2a/Fk. 1b: II. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  3. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BR-WFB A 2a/Fk. 1b: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  4. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BR-WFB A 1/Fk. deest: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BR-WFB A 1/Fk. deest: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  6. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, BR-WFB A 1/Fk. deest: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in D Major, BR-WFB A 5/Fk. 4: I. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in D Major, BR-WFB A 5/Fk. 4: II. Suave $0.99 on iTunes
  9. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in D Major, BR-WFB A 5/Fk. 4: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  10. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, BR-WFB A 8/Fk. deest: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, BR-WFB A 8/Fk. deest: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  12. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, BR-WFB A 8/Fk. deest: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  13. W.F. Bach — Fantasia in C Minor, BR-WFB A 19/Fk. 16 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, BR-WFB A 9/Fk. deest: I. Allegro ma non tanto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, BR-WFB A 9/Fk. deest: II. Siciliano $0.99 on iTunes
  16. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, BR-WFB A 9/Fk. deest: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  17. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in F Major, BR-WFB A 11b/Fk. 6b: I. Allegro ma non molto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in F Major, BR-WFB A 11b/Fk. 6b: II. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. W.F. Bach — Keyboard Sonata in F Major, BR-WFB A 11b/Fk. 6b: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. W.F. Bach — Fantasia in E Minor, BR-WFB A 23/Fk. 20 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in C major, F. 1b (BR A2a) (early version)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in C major, F. 200 (BR A1)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in D major, F. 4 (BR A5)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, F. 201 (BR A8)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Fantasia for keyboard in C minor, F. 16 (BR A19)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in E minor, F. 204 (BR A9)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in F major, F. 6b (BR A11b) (second version)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Fantasia for keyboard in E minor, F. 20 (BR A23)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710 - 84) was one of the most outstanding, yet at the same time, most idiosyncratic composers of his time. His work reflects his ambitious attempt to assimilate his father's legacy and to develop it further to suit the taste of his own generation. This becomes apparent in his keyboard music - from the early works to the late sonatas and fantasias. The oldest Bach son delights us here with his appealing synthesis of highly complex baroque and sensitive gallant styles. Léon Berben's inspiring performances profoundly emphasize the significance of this music and continue the Carus series of works by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Berben is a vigorous player and he performs these works on two period instruments, a 1782 harpsichord and a 1787 table piano (which looks to me like a square piano). The performances are quirky and unpredictable; the music is agreeable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnber (02/03/2014-02/05/2014).



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Works Details

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in C major, F. 1b (BR A2a) (early version)
  • Performers: Léon Berben (Harpsichord); Léon Berben (Piano)
  • Notes: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnberg (02/03/2014-02/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1735-1740

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in C major, F. 200 (BR A1)
  • Performers: Léon Berben (Harpsichord); Léon Berben (Piano)
  • Notes: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnberg (02/03/2014-02/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1735-1740

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in D major, F. 4 (BR A5)
  • Performers: Léon Berben (Harpsichord); Léon Berben (Piano)
  • Notes: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnberg (02/03/2014-02/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1760-1775

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, F. 201 (BR A8)
  • Performers: Léon Berben (Harpsichord); Léon Berben (Piano)
  • Notes: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnberg (02/03/2014-02/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1775

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Fantasia for keyboard in C minor, F. 16 (BR A19)
  • Performers: Léon Berben (Harpsichord); Léon Berben (Piano)
  • Notes: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnberg (02/03/2014-02/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1770-1775

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in E minor, F. 204 (BR A9)
  • Performers: Léon Berben (Harpsichord); Léon Berben (Piano)
  • Notes: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnberg (02/03/2014-02/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Keyboard Sonata in F major, F. 6b (BR A11b) (second version)
  • Performers: Léon Berben (Harpsichord); Léon Berben (Piano)
  • Notes: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnberg (02/03/2014-02/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1740

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Fantasia for keyboard in E minor, F. 20 (BR A23)
  • Performers: Léon Berben (Harpsichord); Léon Berben (Piano)
  • Notes: Aufseá-Saal des Germanischen Nationalmuseums in Nürnberg (02/03/2014-02/05/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1770