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BACH, J.C.: 6 Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 17

Composer(s):Bach, Johann Christian
Artist(s) Nose, Alberto, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570361
Label Naxos
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The youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christian moved to Italy and then, finally, to London, where, like Handel before him, he won early success in the opera house. Although he had been a skilled keyboard player, he wrote relatively little for the medium, in which the new fortepiano was assuming importance. His Six Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 17, were written and first published in the 1770s and show the influence his work had on Mozart. The pianist Alberto Nosè was Gold Medal Winner of the 2005 Sanatander International Piano Competition.

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Review By HL92671,March 2011

J.C. Bach's keyboard music, too seldom played in concerts, has a surprisingly high musical quality close to Mozart's genius. Its harmonies are quite novel for its time and the rhythmic riches are stupendous. Equally stupendous is the playing of Italian pianist, Alberto Nosè. He masters the intricate compositions to perfection. This is a jewel disc in every respect.

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Johann Christian’s Op. 17 Keyboard Sonatas date from the 1770s. They are most engaging works in two or three movements and obviously they had a profound influence on the young Mozart. They are played very stylishly on a modern piano by Alberto Nosè, and are very well recorded.

Review By Giv Cornfield, The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2008

Bach’s youngest son, known as “the London Bach”, followed in Handel’s footsteps, writing successful operas, oratorios and the like for his adoptive city’s audiences. Although (not unexpectedly) a superb keyboardist, he wrote surprisingly little for his instrument. When the eight-year-old Mozart spent a year in London, Johann Christian took him under his wing, no doubt recognising the lad’s genius. If Johann Christian’s works differ radically from his father’s, it’s not surprising, as the barqoue style yielded to rococo. Likewise, Wolfgang’s works sound unlike anything that his father Leopold wrote (is it not after all the duty of children to rebel against their elders?). The keyboard styles of both the younger Bach and


Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2008

The youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christian became the ‘English Bach’ spending much of his mature life living in London where he was particularly involved in the composition of operas. By that time he arrived in England he had largely ended his career at the keyboard, but was then to gain recognition in London playing the square piano which he introduced to the city in 1768. The opus 17 keyboard sonatas were published in 1774—though they may well have been composed earlier—and were described as for harpsichord or fortepiano. Stylistically he obviously had the harpsichord in mind, those right hand trills much more effective when heard on the harpsichord. But we have them here played on a modern grand piano by Alberto Nose, the Italian winner of



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