JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH Sei Sinfonia London, 1782
Nachtmusique Eric Hoeprich
Nachtmusique Eric Hoeprich, director
Eric Hoeprich, clarinet Óscar Argüelles, clarinet Javier Zafra, bassoon Eyal Streett, bassoon Erwin Wieringa, horn Gijs Laceulle, horn
Total playing time: 63:53 Recorded in Haarlem (Doopsgezindekerk), Netherlands, in January 2009 Engineered by Guido Tichelman Produced by Guido Tichelman and Eric Hoeprich Executive producer: Carlos Céster Design: Valentín Iglesias Booklet essay: Eric Hoeprich English Français Deutsch Español
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JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH (1735-1782)
Sei Sinfonia Pour Deux Clarinettes, Deux Corsde Chasse et Basson
1-4 Sinfonia III in Eb 5-8 Sinfonia IV in Bb 9-12 Sinfonia V in Eb 13-16 Sinfonia VI in Bb 17-20 Sinfonia I in Eb21-24 Sinfonia II in Bb
About this CD
Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Anna Magdalena, moved to London in 1762, where three operas were staged rapidly in succession with immediate success. With his reputation established, he settled for good in the British capital where he spent the remainder of his life; thus the epithet, “the English Bach”.
The works for wind sextet recorded here, his Sei Sinfonia, were published in London, posthumously, in 1782. The Sei Sinfonia adopt the structure of a Classical symphony with four movements in the usual order: opening allegros are in sonata form, followed by lovely, inventive adagios and either a minuet or a “march”, and ending with terse, quick movements, often in two. Stylistically we see Johann Christian Bach as a major proponent of the “galant” style, considered a move away from the contrapuntal restrictions of his father’s music and as a precursor to the Classical idiom of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. But every rule embodies an exception, and although this music is quite poised and indeed “galant”, it also seethes with expression of deeper emotion more readily associated with other artistic trends of the era, such as Empfindsamkeit and Sturm und Drang.
The instruments used in this recording would have been of exactly the type known to Johann Christian Bach.