Monday, October 28, 2013

Johann Christian Bach (and his life story in music)

Last Saturday, I heard an excellent program on Dutch NPR Radio 4 about the life of Johann Christan Bach, Johann Sebastian's youngest son.
The missing link between Händel (from whom he learned how to please the English audiences) and Mozart (who played piano with him on his knee and was a lifelong friend). The program still can be heard on the website of the Dutch radio, but beside the fact you have to hear the spoken parts on repetitional listening, most items only are movements form the complete works. So, in a healty "do-it-yourself-mode", I made my own playlist, only changing two performances who were not on Spotify, and making the instrumental items complete. 
It actually makes a fine morning or let's-play-this-at-work playlist... :-) 

 -Bach, Johann Christian: Ouverture in D Major, "La calamità" - Netherlands Charmber Orchestra, David Zinman

-Bach, Johann Sebastian: Suite BWV.816 in G Major, "French suite no 5" - Andrei Gavrilov,  Piano

-Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel: Concert concerto for cello Wq.170 in a minor - Rapahel Walfish, Cello. Scottish ensemble, Jonathan Morton 

-Händel, Georg Friedrich: Acis and Galatea HWV.49a ; Act I - aria, "Love in her eyes sits playing" Ian Bostridge, tenor & Anthony Robson, hobo. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Harry Bicket

-Abel, Carl Friedrich: Ouverture for Orchestra, op.1, nr.2 in C Major - Il Fondamento, Paul Dombrecht

-Gluck, Christoph Willibald: Orfeo ed Euridice ; Mélodie (Arr.) - Yuja Wang, Piano

-Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista: Stabat Mater - Emma Kirkby, Soprano & James Bowman Countertenor, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood

-Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Piano concerto nr.12, KV.414 in A Major - Murray Perahia,  Piano (and conductor) English Chamber Orchestra 

-Bach, Johann Christian: La clemenza di Scipione ; Ouverture - Hanover Band Anthony Halstead

-Bach, Johann Christian: Concert for oboe and orchestra nr.3 in F Major (never mind the lousy tagging of Challenge classics on Spotify, it's the F-major concerto...) - Pauline Oostenrijk, oboe. Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Jaap ter Linden

-Bach, Johann Christian: Introitus und Kyrie der Totenmesse - Koor van de Nederlandse Bachvereniging & Orkest van de Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Jos van Veldhoven

-Bach, Johann Christian Symphony op.18 nr.2 in B flat Major - Netherlands Charmber Orchestra, David Zinman

-Bach, Johann Christian: Orfeo ed Euridice ; Act I - aria, "La legge accetto" - Philippe Jaroussky, Countertenor. Cercle de l'Harmonie, JérémieRhorer

-Bach, Johann Christian Symfonie (Sinfonia) op.6 nr.6 in g minor - Netherlands Charmber Orchestra, David Zinman

-Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonata for piano nr.11, KV.331 in A Major, "Alla Turca" - Alicia de Larrocha, Piano

(three hours twenty-five minutes of eighteen-century sounds) 

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