Monday, April 24, 2017

Bach, Johann Bernhard.(1676-1749) Orchestral Suites, 1-4.

From my collection.
Bought in February 2017.
First listen: 17-2-2017.
Second listen: 24-4-2017.
Label: Erato Veritas.
CD 1 from 2.
Recording dates: December 1990 & January 1991.
Recording venue: Reformierte Kirche, Arlesheim, Switzerland.
Recording engineer: Hartwig Paulsen.
Running time: 74:22.
Classical relevance to me: Well worth having.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
Freiburger Barockorchester, Thomas Hengelbrock.

Apart from the fact that J.B. Bach was a second cousin from Johann Sebastian Bach, and well respected by him, and the fact that his musical worthiness was acknowledged by the great master, makes the acquisition of this music worthwhile. There is not really that much music of him, which survived the ages. Regrettable, because what he has to offer is excellent, the suites confirm this impression in many ways. There are Italian influences all over these suites and well integrated into the scores. As it is, the suites form a fascinating counterpart to J.S. Bach's suites. A greater compliment can not be given.
As for the performances, it is all cleanly executed, with no real highs or lows, a bit safe, no ventures into a more lively style of music making. It's very academic and straight faced. The tempi are adequate, but I would have liked a bit more liveliness in all movements. Phrasing throughout is very good, due to a tight discipline.
The recording is good and clear as a bell. Not exceptional.    




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