J.C. Bach: Symphonies Opp. 6, 9 & 18

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Youngest son of J.S. Bach, Johann Christian Bach rose to prominence in England during the early Classical period much the same as his father dominated the German Baroque. His writing was influenced by his father, of course, but also by the fashions being explored by Haydn. J.C. Bach also served as a bridge to Mozart, whose work and early writings were also influenced by the junior Bach. A total of 15, three-movement symphonies were published under Opp. 6, 9, and 18. These works are filled with fresh, energetic optimism, the only exception being the stormy, tumultuous "Symphony Op. 6/6 in G minor," the only one of the 15 to be written in the minor mode. Bach's choice of...
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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Youngest son of J.S. Bach, Johann Christian Bach rose to prominence in England during the early Classical period much the same as his father dominated the German Baroque. His writing was influenced by his father, of course, but also by the fashions being explored by Haydn. J.C. Bach also served as a bridge to Mozart, whose work and early writings were also influenced by the junior Bach. A total of 15, three-movement symphonies were published under Opp. 6, 9, and 18. These works are filled with fresh, energetic optimism, the only exception being the stormy, tumultuous "Symphony Op. 6/6 in G minor," the only one of the 15 to be written in the minor mode. Bach's choice of instruments varied, from symphonies using only strings to the addition of winds and ultimately to the grand "double orchestra" employed in Op. 18. This Newton disc is a two-disc reissue of David Zinman's early 1970s recordings of the complete symphonies with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. The playing is sublimely well-balanced; every note from every instrument is impeccably clear. Zinman's vision for the symphonies is highly energetic, driven, and vivacious. The inner movements are executed with the utmost delicacy and refinement while the fast outer movements are tossed off controlled effervescence. Newton's remastered sound is full and detailed, capturing the spirit in the original performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • Label: Newton Classics
  • EAN: 8718247710652
  • Catalog Number: 8802065
  • Sales rank: 157,457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Symphony for orchestra "No. 7" in G major, Op. 6/1, CW C7ab (T. 264/1) (2 versions) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (8:06)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 1 Allegro con brio
    2. 2 Andante
    3. 3 Allegro assai
  2. 4–6 Symphony for orchestra "No. 8" in D major, Op. 6/2, CW C8 (T. 264/4) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (8:12)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 4 Allegro spiritoso
    2. 5 Andante
    3. 6 Allegro spiritoso
  3. 7–9 Symphony for orchestra "No. 9 " in E flat major, Op. 6/3, CW C9 (T. 264/7) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (7:02)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 7 Allegro
    2. 8 Andante
    3. 9 Allegro assai
  4. 10–12 Symphony for orchestra "No. 10" in B flat major, Op. 6/4, CW C10 (T. 265/1) (2 versions) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (6:12)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 10 Allegro molto
    2. 11 Andante
    3. 12 Presto
  5. 13–15 Symphony for orchestra "No. 11" in E flat major, Op. 6/5, CW C11 (T. 264/1) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (7:55)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 13 Allegro con brio
    2. 14 Andante
    3. 15 Allegro assai
  6. 16–18 Symphony for orchestra "No. 9 " in E flat major, Op. 6/3, CW C9 (T. 264/7) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (9:12)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 16 Allegro
    2. 17 Andante più tosto adagio
    3. 18 Allegro molto
  7. 19–21 Symphony for orchestra "No. 17a" in B flat major ("Sieber No. 2"), CW C17a - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (8:51)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 19 Allegro assai
    2. 20 Andante
    3. 21 Presto
  8. 22–24 Symphony for orchestra "No. 27" in D major, Op. 18/4, CW C27 (T. 270/7) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (10:13)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 22 Allegro con brio
    2. 23 Andante
    3. 24 Rondo. Presto
  9. 25–27 Symphony for orchestra in D major (arrangement of overture to Amadis de Gaule), Op. 18/6, CW XC1 (T. 271/3) (spurious) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (8:46)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 25 Allegro con spirito
    2. 26 Andante
    3. 27 Allegro
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Symphony for double orchestra "No. 26" in E flat major, Op. 18/1, CW C26 (T. 269/4) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (11:28)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 1 Allegro spiritoso
    2. 2 Andante
    3. 3 Allegro
  2. 4–6 Symphony for double orchestra in D major Op. 18/3 (Overture: Endimione, second version), CW G15ov/b (T. 270/4) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (12:00)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 4 Allegro
    2. 5 Andante
    3. 6 Allegro assai
  3. 7–9 Symphony for double orchestra "No. 28" in E major, Op. 18/5, CW C28 (T. 270/10) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (15:25)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 7 (Allegro moderato)
    2. 8 Andante
    3. 9 Tempo di minuetto
  4. 10–12 Symphony for orchestra "No. 17b" in B flat major ("Hummel"), Op. 9/1, CW C17b (T. 268/3) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (9:21)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 10 Allegro con spirito
    2. 11 Andante
    3. 12 Presto
  5. 13–15 Symphony for orchestra "No. 18b" in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CW C18b (T. 268/6) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (12:21)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 13 Allegro
    2. 14 Andante con sordini
    3. 15 Tempo di minuetto
  6. 16–18 Overture: Zanaida (II), opera overture (symphony) for orchestra ("Hummel"), Op. 9/3, CW G5ov/b (T. 269/1) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (5:31)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
    1. 16 Allegro con spirito
    2. 17 Andante
    3. 18 Allegro
  7. 19 Overture: La Calamità de'Cuori, for orchestra (insertion into pasticcio opera) in D major , CW G27 (T. 272/5) - Johann Christian Bach & Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (4:39)
    Composed byJohann Christian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Zinman
    Performed byNetherlands Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman
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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    J. C. Bach symphonies Zinman

    The Symphonies, Opp. 6, 9, and 18 of J. C. Bach on this 2-CD album are performed by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman. Also included is the overture "La calamita de'Cuori". As was common for the time, these symphonies could serve also as opera overtures; thus, the Symphony, Op. 9/3 was used as the overture to the opera "Zanaida".
    The recording quality and performance are excellent. For me, this is a fine way to trace the development of the classical music style. While each symphony is fine in itself, there is admittedly a certain sameness to them, which is especially apparent when one plays both CDs, one after the other (as when one is reviewing the disks). The symphonies would surely be appreciated more if one played only one or two at a time. They are remarkably similar to Mozart's earlier work (e.g., up to his last three violin concertos - not surprising as one can read in the accompanying program notes). However, I miss the greater emotional content found in later Mozart works (e.g., the Symphonie concertante for violin and viola) or in many of Haydn's works (even as early as the Opus 20 string quartets). On the other hand, the slow movements do have more of this quality. I also think, Bach's cello concerto (if authentic) is more advanced in this regard.
    Ted Wilks

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