300th Anniversary of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

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300th Anniversary of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

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1st Nov 2010




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300th Anniversary of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

First Recording of Rediscovered Cantatas

Bach, W F:

Wohl dem, der den Herrn furchtet, F. 76

Sinfonia in D minor, F. 65 'Adagio & Fugue'

O Wunder, wer kann dieses fassen?, F. 92

Ach, dass du den Himmel zerrissest, F. 93

Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, F. 75

Klaus Mertens (bass), Dorothee Mields (soprano), Georg Poplutz (tenor) & Gerhild Romberger (alto)

L'Arpa Festante München & Bachchor Mainz, Ralf Otto

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In 2010 the world is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, whose music – for the most disparate reasons – was for a long time shrouded in oblivion. Many of his works disappeared completely after the Second World War and it was not until 1999 that they were rediscovered in Kiev. The present world-premiere recording of four of his cantatas grants us a fascinating insight into the composer's output and invites us to join him on a musical voyage of discovery. These ambitious works, which were written for Christmas and Ascension, attest to the technical and musical virtuosity of Johann Sebastian Bach's eldest son.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1., DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo,

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet Notes: Songtexts in German/English/French

Running Time: 85:11

Disc Format: DVD 9

FSK: 0

Gramophone Magazine

March 2011

“The Mainz Bach Choir is in every sense a full participant and the instrumentalists of L'Arpa Festante acquit themselves with distinction. The soloists are evenly matched...The collective sense of commitment, even enjoyment, is palpable...On balance, this may just be the best way to get to know a fascinating composer.”

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