- Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello & keyboard in F major, Op. 22/2, CW B77 (T. 310/1)
- Quintet for flute (or violin), oboe (or violin), violin, viola & cello in G major, Op. 11/2, CW B71 (T. 303/4)
- Quintet for flute, oboe, violin, cello & keyboard in D major, Op. 22/1, CW B76 (T. 304/6)
- Quartet for keyboard, violin & 2 cellos in G major ("André Op. 2"), CW B66 (T. 310/9)
- Sextet for keyboard, oboe, violin, cello & 2 horns in C major ("André Op. 3"), CW B78 (T. 302/1)
If you have a thirst for early classical chamber music on the light side, there's nothing that will quench it better than this disc of chamber music by J. C. Bach. While not by any means the deepest, the wildest or the weirdest of the sons of Bach, Johann Christian was perhaps the most charming. The disc's program was carefully selected to embrace a wide range of ensembles from the opening Oboe Quintet in F major through the Flute and Oboe Quintets in G major and D major and the String Quartet in G major to the closing Oboe Sextet with two ad. lib. horns in C major. Most are short works of two or at most three movements but all are long on charm from the saucy melodies of the opening Quintet's Tempo di Menuetto to the romping horns in the closing Sextet's Rondo. The period instrument performances by the Berliner Barock-Compagney are light, tight, balanced and brilliant with lots of color, plenty of virtuosity and even more sensitivity to Bach's elegant phrasing. Although those looking for music with the weight and heft of Beethoven's late quartets might find J. C. Bach's chamber music a bit too fey, those who like Haydn's early divertimentos or Mozart's wind chamber music will find much to enjoy here. Capriccio's 2001 sound is clean and vivid if not especially immediate.