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BACH, J.C.: Keyboard Concertos, Op. 13, Nos. 2, 4 / BACH, J.C.F.: Keyboard Concertos, B. C29, C30 (attrib. to J.C. Bach) (The Music Collection)

Composer(s):Bach, Johann ChristianBach, Johann Christoph Friedrich
Artist(s) Music Collection, The, Ensemble
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570474
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Johann Christian Bach, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian, made his career first in Italy and then, from 1762, in London, where he was a pioneer in the use of the fortepiano. His elegant, forward-looking concertos, written in the galant style, make a contrast with the more straightforward yet entertaining concertos by his older brother Johann Christoph Friedrich, who spent the greater part of his life at the court of Bückeburg in Lower Saxony.


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

The soloist here conducts from the keyboard, in keeping with a venerable tradition, and the group is aptly named The Music Collection. I like small ensembles for this music: voices are better balanced, and clarity is the byword. The soloist plays a fine sounding instrument, and the performances are solid and precise. What I question is the order of the music on the disc, which opens with what I found the weakest piece of the four concertos. Who am I to cast aspersions on a Bach? Yet the Concerto in A by JCF overuses the same trite fanfare at the beginning of virtually each restatement of the theme, which is truly tiresome. In fact, the entire work is over-long and sounds uninspired, so why lead with it? Nor are the works of Johann Christian ("The London Bach", and the boy


Review By David Denton, Naxos,August 2008

The more I hear of Johann Christian Bach - and I have been hearing a lot recently – the more I find myself enjoying it more than the works of his illustrious father. I say ‘enjoy’ as he was a composer who seemed intent on making his audience happy, his keyboard concertos a perfect example of that milieu. He was known as the ‘English’ Bach as he lived most of his mature life in London where the dearth of good composers quickly elevated his status. He and was also quick to see the virtues of the newfangled instrument, the fortepiano, charming his audiences while others where working in the more restrictive harpsichord. As music poured forth from the Bach family the authorship of many works has been in serious doubt, and this applies to two of the



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