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Johan Christoph Friedrich Bach: Symphonies Nos. 6, 10 and 20

> Symphony in C major, W. I/6 - I. Allegro di molto
> Symphony in C major, W. I/6 - II. Andante
> Symphony in C major, W. I/6 - III. Allegro assai
> Symphony in E flat major, W. I/10 - I. Allegro
> Symphony in E flat major, W. I/10 - II. Andante assai
> Symphony in E flat major, W. I/10 - III. Allegro assai
> Symphony in B flat major, W. I/20 - I. Largo - Allegro
> Symphony in B flat major, W. I/20 - II. Andante con moto
> Symphony in B flat major, W. I/20 - III. Minuetto
> Symphony in B flat major, W. I/20 - IV. Rondo allegretto scherzando

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Symphony in C major, HW1/6
>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Symphony in E-flat major, HW1/10
>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Symphony in B flat, HW1/20
Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, the ninth child and second surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach, composed some twenty symphonies as well as concertos, chamber and instrumental music, and a number of vocal works. The three beautiful and witty symphonies on this disc are delightful examples of the synthesis between mid-to-late 18th-century Italian and German musical styles which marks the transition from Baroque to Classical.

American Record Guide
This new release offers the same three works as Glaetzner. All three call for an orchestra of strings with winds. The first two of them, part of a series composed roughly between 1765 and 1772, are in three movements and follow the pattern of Italian opera sinfonias, parallel to what his younger brother, Johann Christian, was writing - though No. 10 introduces innovative sonata-form in its first movement. The final work, No. 20, dates from the mid-1790s: it is in four movements, adding clarinets to the winds. It was influenced by the Viennese world of Haydn and Mozart.

Our composer's style is light and tuneful, but lacking much imagination in either lyrical originality or craftsmanship. Schuldt-Jensen's Leipzig group gives these works their first appearance in full period-instrument performances - precisely pointed and more crisp than Glaetzner's, for example. One wonders if Naxos will support another disc to round out the remaining four works of this legacy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig, Germany (08/25/2008-08/28/2008).



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>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Symphony in C major, HW1/6
  • Conductor: Morten Schuldt-Jensen
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig, Germany (08/25/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Symphony in E-flat major, HW1/10
  • Conductor: Morten Schuldt-Jensen
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig, Germany (08/25/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich : Symphony in B flat, HW1/20
  • Conductor: Morten Schuldt-Jensen
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig, Germany (08/25/2008-08/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 08/1794