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WF Bach: Keyboard Concertos-Falck41

Magazine article Gramophone

WF Bach: Keyboard Concertos-Falck41

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WF Bach [G]

Keyboard Concertos--Falck41; Falck43; Falck45.

Sinfonia, Falck67. Allegro e forte, Falck43

II Convito / Maude Gratton hpd

Mirare (F) (74' * DDD)

Bach's eldest son, for whom the weight of his father's inheritance--emotionally and otherwise--contributed to his dispersing the chattels to mitigate his famously precarious professional existence, finds glistening and characterful advocacy here in Maude Gratton's brilliantly projected recital with her one-to-a-part string group, II Convito. WF Bach often comes with a staple diet of reputational baggage (before one hears a note), but this programme challenges the notion that only the solo keyboard vignettes deserve a place in the repertoire.

From the beginning of the melancholic questing of the A minor Flarpsichord Concerto to the highly wrought pushmipullyu of the significant E minor work, a riveting concentration of harmonic and textural detail emerges. It's a style that sails a course straight between his father's motivic tautness and the dissenting galant of his peers, and it finds its best expression in the framing works, from his early and late periods (cl730 and 1770).

What Gratton and II Convito convey so persuasively in their assuaging and elegant performances is that, beyond Wilhelm Friedemann's capricious figures, mental robustness and vulnerability cohabit as a kind of conceit. …

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