Bach Family - Complete Organ Music | Brilliant Classics 95803

Bach Family - Complete Organ Music

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95803

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 24

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 16th November 2018

Contents

Artists

Stefano Molardi (organ)
Luca Scandali (organ)
Filippo Turri (organ)

Artists

Stefano Molardi (organ)
Luca Scandali (organ)
Filippo Turri (organ)

About

The extensive Bach family was a dynasty unusually rich in musical talent, counting among its ranks numerous composer-organists active in the Northern European Baroque tradition. This remarkable set gathers together not only the monumental corpus of J.S. Bach's incredibly sophisticated organ music, but also that of the most noted (and best-known to today's musicologists) of four generations of his relatives, from great uncles and uncles to cousins and sons.

The collection offers a rewarding opportunity to follow the stylistic evolution of organ music from the decades before J.S. Bach's birth through to the creative years of his sons and their younger distant cousin, Johann Ernst, each of whom witnessed the decline of Baroque complexity in favour of Classical balance and grace and conformed to this new trend to varying degrees.

The other strand that can be traced in this set is the musical 'DNA' of a clan, whose members were taught by family elders, inherited compositions from them, and who studied and copied the works of their cousin contemporaries, creating a family school of impressive quality. Internal musical borrowing between the Bachs was such that musicologists are still unraveling the mystery of some works' true authorship, as well as identifying pieces by other composers, who borrowed the Bach name in hopes of attaining a share of their glory.

This set presents organ music by uncles, nephews and children of Johann Sebastian: Heinrich, Johann Christoph, Johann Bernhard, Johann Friedrich, Johann Lorenz, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Ernst. The booklet cover features an illustrated Bach family tree.

All of the organ music is attributed to:
• Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
• his sons Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) and
• Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
• his cousin’s son Johann Lorenz Bach (1695-1773)
• his second cousin Johann Bernhard Bach I (1676-1749) and
• son Johann Ernst Bach II (1722-1777)
• his great uncle Heinrich Bach (1615-1692) and his sons
• Johann Michael Bach I (1648-1694) and
• Johann Christoph Bach I (1642-1703) and his son
• Johann Friedrich Bach I (1682-1730)
as well as works of uncertain attribution

Played by leading organists specialized in the performance practice of the Baroque: Stefano Molardi, Filippo Turri and Luca Scandali, playing a variety of organs, among which many magnificent historic instruments by Silbermann, Volckland, Trost, Thielemann and Hildebrandt.

Organs:
- T.H.G. Trost organ
- G. Silbermann organ
- Z. Hildebrandt organ
- J.C. Thielemann organ
- Dell’Orto e Lanzini organ ('07) F. Zanin organ
- Dell’Orto e Lanzini organ ('03) F. Volckland Organ
- L. Patella chest organ

Reviews

There have been many admirable collections of Bach’s organ music issued on CD over the years but Brilliant Classics’ recent survey principally by the Italian organist, musicologist, harpsichordist, conductor and music pedagogue Stefano Molardi adds considerable value to its enterprise by covering the wider Bach family ... Quite aside from the worthwhile repertory diversions, Molardi’s playing – as realised on instruments at various locations by Zacharias Hilderbrandt, Gottfried Silbermann, Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost, Johann Christoph Thielemann, F Volckland and the Dell’Orto e Lanzini organ – has a sense of inevitability about it that reminded me of Helmut Walcha, while the mostly close-set recordings transform your speakers into an organ.  Rob Cowan
Gramophone March 2019

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