J.S. Bach: Klavierbüchlein für Anna-Magdalena Bach 1725

J.S. Bach: Klavierbüchlein für Anna-Magdalena Bach 1725
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Jan Depreter guitar
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 95533
EAN code 5028421955339
Release August 2020

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Some of Bach’s most charming music in a winning and idiomatic new arrangement for guitar.

While this selection of little musical gemstones is probably best known for its educational purposes in the keyboard world, this music can take on much more depth and poetry in the hands of a sympathetic interpreter such as the Belgian guitarist Jan Depreter. Compiled in 1725, the notebook is an intensely personal and charming compendium of favourite pieces played on a daily basis in the Bach household, from early-morning practice sessions to night-time lullabies and consolations.

For generations of music enthusiasts, Anna-Magdalena’s Notebook has provided an introduction to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and offered a unique insight into the musical life and character of the Bach family, as well as a rare glimpse of 18th-century domestic music making. The manuscript is arranged not in graded levels of technical difficulty but according to an artistic plan, beginning with the prelude from Johann Sebastian’s A minor Partita and ending with the chorale O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, taking in along the way the Aria from the Goldberg Variations as well as short pieces by his sons and ancestors. The aria from the cantate Ich habe genug!, shows how even highly organised compositions were freely adapted to fit a more intimate performance.

The German gitarre-und-laute.de site praised Depreter’s previous Brilliant Classics album for its ‘flawless and beautiful’ playing of the complete guitar music by Joaquín Turina (94973). He is an experienced professor of guitar based in his home city of Antwerp, and this album is the result of 20 years’ study and performance, being the combination of sessions that took place in 1999 and 2019. In whichever guise, the Klavierbüchlein ‘brings back some tranquillity and serenity to counterbalance the hectic struggle that is often modern day life,’ says Depreter. ‘It is the kind of music I would like to hear myself when coming home.’

This new recording contains the transcriptions for guitar that guitarist Jan Depreter made of the second Notenbüchlein für Anna-Magdalena Bach (1725). Depreter about this project: “While this selection of little musical gemstones is probably best known for its educational purposes in the keyboard world, in my view this music is so much more. It is an intensely personal and charming compendium of the favourite music played on a daily basis at the Bach household, from its early awakening to its final rest”.
In 1721 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), then already a widower with 4 children, married the 20-year old Anna Magdalena Wülcken, daughter of a court trumpeter. She was a talented soprano, who assisted Bach in many ways, for instance in copying music for him. Bach compiled the Notenbüchlein for her in order to instruct and entertain her and the whole family.
Jan Depreter, one of the most sought-after guitarists of today, is winner of several international guitar competitions. He is also artistic director of the prestigious Antwerpen Guitar Festival.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, 645
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Choral No. 42, BWV 513: I. O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria No. 41, BWV 509: I. Gedenke doch, dein Geist zurücke
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Menuet, BWV Anhang 113
  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Marche, BWV Anhang 127
  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Polonaise, BWV Anhang 128
  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Musette No. 22, BWV Anhang 126
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille, BWV 510
  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV512 Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille, BWV 512
  10. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Marche No. 16, BWV Anhang 122, Polonaise No. 17, BWV Anhang 123, Marche No. 18, BWV Anhang 124, Polonaise No. 19, BWV Anhang 125
  11. Johann Christian Bach: Rondeau No. 32, BWV 131
  12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude No. 29, BWV 846
  13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Wie wohl ist mir, O Freund der Seelen, BWV 517
  14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria No. 33, Warum betrübst du dich, BWV 516
  15. Georg Böhm: Menuet fait par Mons. Böhm
  16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Choral No. 39, Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen, BWV 299
  17. Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel: Bist du bei mir, BWV 508
  18. Johann Adolf Hasse: Polonaise, BWV Anhang 130
  19. Johann Sebastian Bach: Rezitativ, BWV 82/2, Ich habe genug!
  20. Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria No. 34/38, BWV 82/3, Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
  21. Johann Sebastian Bach: Choral No. 11, BWV 691 Wer nun den lieben Gott lässt walten
  22. François Couperin: Rondeau No. 6 “Les Bergeries”, BWV Anhang 183
  23. Christian Petzold: Menuet Nos. 4-5, BWV Anhang 114-115
  24. Heinrich Bach: Aria No. 20, BWV 515a, So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife
  25. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Marche No. 16 BWV Anhang 122
  26. Johann Sebastian Bach: Menuet No. 14 BWV Anhang 120
  27. Johann Sebastian Bach: Menuet No. 7 BWV Anhang 116
  28. Johann Sebastian Bach: Choral No. 35, BWV 514, Schaff’s mit mir, Gott
  29. Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria di Giovannini No. 37, BWV 518, Willst du dein Herz mir schenken
  30. Johann Sebastian Bach: Menuet Nos. 36-15, BWV Anhang 132-121
  31. Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria No. 26 “Goldberg”, BWV988/1