Early Music Vancouver

Bach’s Sons

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Tue Aug 03 2021 4:15pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall

Elinor Frey, Cello; Pacific Baroque Orchestra; Alexander Weimann, Music Director

Of J.S. Bach’s children that survived into adulthood, four became composers whose music we still perform. While their musical facility reflects their father’s influence, each son had a very different path of travel, employment, and development of their musical voice. Johann Christian’s Chromatic Fugue on B-A-C-H pays homage to the serious, contrapuntal style of the past, but usually the Bach sons write in the galant style of their own generation, characterized by simplicity and immediacy of appeal. The closeness of the Bachs sometimes complicates the attribution of their music. The Orchestral Suite in G minor, BWV 1070, once thought to be by father Johann Sebastian, was more likely written by Wilhelm Friedemann. The Cello Sonata in A Major of Johann Christoph Friedrich seems liberated, natural, and comprehensible when played on a cello fit with a fifth string whereas the Cello Concerto in A minor of his older brother, Carl Philipp Emanuel fits well on the more popular 4-string instrument.

Each work demonstrates the language of Sensibility (Empfindsamkeit): intimate, sensitive, and subjective. In their music, emotions are fleeting and instantaneous and, above all, the beauty of melody is emphasized.

 

Part of the 2021 Vancouver Bach Festival.

Please note that this event is a recording session for EMV’s Digital Concert Hall, not a traditional concert.

 

PROGRAM:

WILHELM FRIEDEMANN BACH (1710-1784)

BWV 1070 Suite for orchestra in g minor

Larghetto – Un poco allegro

Tomeo

Aira

Menuetto

Capriccio

JOHANN CHRISTOPH FREIDRICH BACH (1732-1795)

Sonata for cello and basso continuo in A major

Larghetto

Allegro

Tempo di Minuetto

JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH (1735-1782)

Chromatic Fugue on B-A-C-H in F major for keyboard solo

CARL PHILLIPP EMANUEL BACH (1714-1788)

Concerto for violoncello, strings, and basso continuo in A minor, [H. 432]

Allegro assai

Andante

Allegro assai

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