W F Bach - Harpsichord Concertos | Mirare MIR162

W F Bach - Harpsichord Concertos


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Label: Mirare

Cat No: MIR162

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th November 2015



Overshadowed by his father, Johann Sebastian, and his brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian, the music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach provides a bridge between the high art of the first and expressive tendencies of Sturm und Drang.

His Harpsichord Concertos, as performed here by Maude Gratton [of the Ricercar Consort] and Il Convito, offer a very successful synthesis of these two trends.


Bach’s eldest son, for whom the weight of his father’s inheritance – emotionally and otherwise – contributed to his dispersing the chattels to mitigate his famously precarious professional existence, finds glistening and characterful advocacy here in Maude Gratton’s brilliantly projected recital with her one-to-a-part string group, Il Convito. [...] What Gratton and Il Convito convey so persuasively in their assuaging and elegant performances is that, beyond Wilhelm Friedemann’s capricious figures, mental robustness and vulnerability cohabit as a kind of conceit. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Gramophone January 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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