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JB Bach: Four Ouvertures

Magazine article Gramophone

JB Bach: Four Ouvertures

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JB bach

Four Ouvertures

L'Acheron/Francois Joubert-Caillet bass viol

Ricercar (F) RIC373 (77' * DDD)

How many careless shoppers, I wonder, will buy this disc thinking it contains the four Ouvertures (or Orchestral Suites) of JS Bach? Given that I know someone who once bought a disc of The Four Seasons only to discover when he got it home that it was played on panpipes, I'm sure these things can happen. But then that's not always a bad thing, and certainly these pieces by Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749), a slightly older second cousin of Sebastian's, are worth a hearing, unexpected or otherwise. While there is no evidence that the two ever met, it seems inconceivable that they did not, and we know that Sebastian performed three of Bernhard's four surviving suites at his Collegium Musicum concerts in Leipzig in the 1730s

Although similar in form to Sebastian's suites, it is the melody-led examples of Telemann and Graupner that Bernhard's call more readily to mind. …

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