Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Edition

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Edition
Composer Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Artist Various artists
Format 14 CD
Cat. number 95596
EAN code 5028421955964
Release April 2018

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Recent years have seen discoveries emerge – new music and new scholarship – which bring the picture of this enigmatic, misunderstood eldest son of J.S. Bach into sharper focus than ever before, proving definitively his compositional grace and intellect.

This set from Brilliant Classics is the first ever to present a comprehensive selection of all facets of Wilhelm Friedemann’s musical output: orchestral, chamber, keyboard and vocal. To the music long known to be his, from musicologist Martin Falck’s catalogue of 1913 and the Bach-Repertorium edited by Peter Wollny, have been added formerly unknown or misattributed works that affirm his remarkable genius, from the collection of Sarah Itzig Levy (great-aunt of Felix Mendelssohn) and the recently found Vilnius manuscript of keyboard music.

His Sinfonias are transitional in form from Baroque to Classical, much like his compositional style as a whole, which looks back to the rigorous counterpoint of his father while embracing the emotional expression of the empfindsamer style. Sinfonias were evolving from instrumental overtures attached to larger vocal forms into stand-alone works, forerunners of the modern symphony, containing their own discrete movements. The Suite in G minor, formerly attributed to his father, is one such piece. His Harpsichord Concertos combine binary sonata form with the traditional ritornello. The chamber music in this set features the flute and includes the erstwhile misattributed Sonata in F.

The sizeable collection of Keyboard Works performed here by eminent harpsichordist Claudio Astronio represents the largest part of Wilhelm Friedemann’s surviving oeuvre and also includes many new discoveries, while the Organ Music, from a composer considered to be the greatest organist of his day, leaves one wishing for more, either because the manuscripts simply did not survive or because Wilhelm Friedemann was such a skilled improviser that he wrote down sadly little of the organ wizardry with which he awed his contemporaries. The Cantatas are multi-movement works he composed for major feast days while director at Halle’s Liebfrauenkirche.

The most substantial anthology available of works by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. Recordings date from 1994 to 2017.
Wilhelm Friedemann was arguably the most gifted and original of Bach’s sons, the favourite of his father. His works are still not fully appreciated today and this Edition offers a great opportunity to get to know his genius.
Contains the complete keyboard works, the complete keyboard concertos, the complete organ works, chamber music, orchestral music and a fine selection of his beautiful cantatas.
Played on period instruments by Baroque specialists like Claudio Astronio and Das Kleine Konzert/Hermann Max.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sinfonia in F Major, F. 67: I. Vivace
  2. Sinfonia in F Major, F. 67: II. Andante
  3. Sinfonia in F Major, F. 67: III. Allegro
  4. Sinfonia in F Major, F. 67: IV. Menuets I & II
  5. Sinfonia in F Major, F. 88: I. Un poco allegro
  6. Sinfonia in D Minor F. 65: I. Adagio – Allegro e forte
  7. Sinfonia in D Major, F. 64: I. Allegro e maestoso
  8. Sinfonia in D Major, F. 64: II. Andante
  9. Sinfonia in D Major, F. 64: III. Vivace
  10. Sinfonia in D Major, F. 91
  11. Sinfonia in G Major, F. 92: I. Allegro assai
  12. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: I. Larghetto – Un poco allegro
  13. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: II. Torneo
  14. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: III. Aria. Adagio
  15. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: IV. Menuetto alternativo – Trio
  16. Suite in G Minor, BWV 1070: V. Capriccio

Disk 2

  1. Concerto in F Minor: I. Allegro di molto
  2. Concerto in F Minor: II. Andante 8’24
  3. Concerto in F Minor: III. Prestissimo
  4. Harpsichord Concerto in F Major, F. 44: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  5. Harpsichord Concerto in F Major, F. 44: II. Molto adagio
  6. Harpsichord Concerto in F Major, F. 44: III. Presto
  7. Concerto in E Minor, F. 43: I. Allegretto
  8. Concerto in E Minor, F. 43: II. Adagio
  9. Concerto in E Minor, F. 43: III. Allegro assai

Disk 3

  1. Harpsichord Concerto in D Major, F. 41: I. Allegro
  2. Harpsichord Concerto in D Major, F. 41: II. Andante
  3. Harpsichord Concerto in D Major, F. 41: III. Presto
  4. Harpsichord Concerto in A Minor, F. 45: I. —
  5. Harpsichord Concerto in A Minor, F. 45: II. Larghetto
  6. Harpsichord Concerto in A Minor, F. 45: III. Allegro ma non molto
  7. Sonata for 2 Harpsichords in F Major, F. 10: I. Allegro moderato
  8. Sonata for 2 Harpsichords in F Major, F. 10: II. Andante
  9. Sonata for 2 Harpsichords in F Major, F. 10: III. Presto
  10. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in E-Flat Major, F. 46: I. Un poco allegro
  11. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in E-Flat Major, F. 46: II. Cantabile
  12. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in E-Flat Major, F. 46: III. Vivace

Disk 4

  1. Sonata in E Minor, F. 52: I. Allegro mo non tanto
  2. Sonata in E Minor, F. 52: II. Siciliano
  3. Sonata in E Minor, F. 52: III. Vivace
  4. Trio in A Minor, F. 49: I. Allegro
  5. Sonata in F Major: I. Largo
  6. Sonata in F Major: II. Allegretto
  7. Sonata in F Major: III. Allegro assai e scherzando
  8. Trio in D Major, F. 48: I. Andante
  9. Trio in D Major, F. 48: II. Allegro
  10. Trio in D Major, F. 48: III. Vivace
  11. Sonata in F Major, F. 51: I. Allegro non troppo
  12. Sonata in F Major, F. 51: II. Andantino
  13. Sonata in F Major, F. 51: III. Vivace
  14. Trio in D Major, F. 47: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  15. Trio in D Major, F. 47: II. Largo
  16. Trio in D Major, F. 47: III. Vivace

Disk 5

  1. Fantasia in A Minor, F. 23
  2. Fantasia in C Major, F. 14
  3. Fantasia in D Minor, F. 19
  4. Fantasia in E Minor, F. 20
  5. Fantasia in C Minor, F. 15
  6. Fantasia in D Minor, F. 18
  7. Fantasia in D Major, F. 17
  8. Fantasia in E Minor, F. 21
  9. Fantasia in C Minor, F. 16
  10. Fugue in C Minor, F. 32
  11. Fugue in F Major, F. 33

Disk 6

  1. Sonata in C Major, F. 200: I. Allegro
  2. Sonata in C Major, F. 200: II. Andante
  3. Sonata in C Major, F. 200: III. Presto
  4. Sonata in F Major, F. 6a: I. Poco allegro
  5. Sonata in F Major, F. 6a: II. Minuetto
  6. Sonata in F Major, F. 6a: III. Presto
  7. Sonata in E Minor, F. 204: I. Allegro non tanto
  8. Sonata in E Minor, F. 204: II. Siciliano
  9. Sonata in E Minor, F. 204: III. Vivace
  10. Sonata in C Major, F. 1a: I. Allegro
  11. Sonata in C Major, F. 1a: II. Minuetto I – II
  12. Sonata in C Major, F. 1a: III. Vivace
  13. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, F. 4: I. Allegretto
  14. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, F. 4: II. Suave
  15. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, F. 4: III. Vivace
  16. Sonata in E-Flat Major, F. 201: I. Allegro
  17. Sonata in E-Flat Major, F. 201: II. Andante
  18. Sonata in E-Flat Major, F. 201: III. Vivace
  19. Sonata in C Major, F. 2: I. Allegro
  20. Sonata in C Major, F. 2: II. Grave
  21. Sonata in C Major, F. 2: III. Presto

Disk 7

  1. Sonata in A Major, F. 8: I. Allegro
  2. Sonata in A Major, F. 8: II. Largo con tenerezza
  3. Sonata in A Major, F. 8: III. Allegro assai
  4. Sonata in F Major, F. 202: I. Allegro
  5. Sonata in F Major, F. 202: II. Siciliana
  6. Sonata in F Major, F. 202: III. Presto
  7. Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, F. 5: I. Allegro non troppo
  8. Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, F. 5: II. Largo
  9. Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, F. 5: III. Presto
  10. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, F. 3: I. Un poco allegro
  11. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, F. 3: II. Adagio
  12. Keyboard Sonata in D Major, F. 3: III. Vivace
  13. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, F. 7: I. Andantino – Allegro di molto
  14. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, F. 7: II. Lamento
  15. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, F. 7: III. Presto
  16. Sonata in B-Flat Major, F. 9: I. Un poco allegro
  17. Sonata in B-Flat Major, F. 9: II. Grazioso
  18. Sonata in B-Flat Major, F. 9: III. Allegro molto

Disk 8

  1. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: I. Polonaise in C Major
  2. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: II. Polonaise in C Minor
  3. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: III. Polonaise in D Major
  4. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: IV. Polonaise in D Minor
  5. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: V. Polonaise in E-Flat Major
  6. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: VI. Polonaise in E-Flat Minor
  7. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: VII. Polonaise in E Major
  8. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: VIII. Polonaise in E Minor
  9. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: IX. Polonaise in F Major
  10. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: X. Polonaise in F Minor
  11. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: XI. Polonaise in G Major
  12. 12 Polonaises, F. 12: XII. Polonaise in G Minor
  13. Concerto in G Major, F. 40: I. Allegro non troppo
  14. Concerto in G Major, F. 40: II. Andante
  15. Concerto in G Major, F. 40: III. Vivace

Disk 9

  1. Suite in G Minor, F. 24: I. Allemande
  2. Suite in G Minor, F. 24: II. Courante
  3. Suite in G Minor, F. 24: III. Sarabande
  4. Suite in G Minor, F. 24: IV. Presto
  5. Suite in G Minor, F. 24: V. Bourrée
  6. Suite in G Minor, F. 24: VI. Trio I – II
  7. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: I. Fugue in C Major
  8. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: II. Fugue in C Minor
  9. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: III. Fugue in D Major
  10. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: IV. Fugue in D Minor
  11. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: V. Fugue in E-Flat Major
  12. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: VI. Fugue in E Minor
  13. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: VII. Fugue in B-Flat Major
  14. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: VIII. Fugue in F Minor
  15. Minuet in G Minor, F. 25
  16. Presto in D Minor, F. 25a
  17. La caccia in C Major, F. 26c
  18. La reveille in C Major, F. 27
  19. Gigue in G Major, F. 28
  20. Prelude in C Minor, F. 29
  21. March in E-Flat Major, F. 30
  22. Polonaise & Trio in C Major, F. 13
  23. Fantasia in G Major, F. 22

Disk 10

  1. Ouverture in E-Flat Major, BR. A59
  2. Minuet I – II in F Major, BR. A50a
  3. Variations on Minuet I in F Major, BR. A50b
  4. March in F Major, BR. A57
  5. Poco allegro, BR. A62
  6. Fantasia in D Minor, BR. A105
  7. Fantasia in G Major, BR. A106
  8. Allegro in D Major, BR. A107
  9. Allegro in D Minor, BR. A108
  10. Minuet – Trio in C Major, BR. A109
  11. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: I. Minuet
  12. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: II. Var. 1
  13. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: III. Var. 2
  14. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: IV. Var. 3
  15. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: V. Var. 4
  16. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: VI. Var. 5
  17. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: VII. Var. 6
  18. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: VIII. Var. 7
  19. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: IX. Var. 8
  20. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: X. Var. 9
  21. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: XI. Var. 10
  22. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: XII. Var. 11
  23. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: XIII. Var. 12
  24. Minuet in G Major with 13 Variations, BR. A110: XIV. Var. 13
  25. Christus, der ist mein Leben, BR. A101
  26. Die Seele Christi heilge mich, BR. A102
  27. Sey Lob und Her, BR. A103
  28. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BR. A104

Disk 11

  1. Fugue in B-Flat Major, F. 34
  2. Fugue in F Major, F. 33
  3. Fugue in C Minor, F. 32
  4. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: I. Fugue in C Major
  5. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: II. Fugue in C Minor
  6. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: III. Fugue in D Major
  7. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: IV. Fugue in D Minor
  8. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: V. Fugue in E-Flat Major
  9. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: VI. Fugue in E Minor
  10. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: VII. Fugue in B-Flat Major
  11. 8 Fugues sans pédale, F. 31: VIII. Fugue in F Minor

Disk 12

  1. Fugue in D Major
  2. Fugue in C Minor, F. 32
  3. Fugue in G Minor, F. 37
  4. Chorale Preludes, F. 38: I. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
  5. Chorale Preludes, F. 38: II. Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht
  6. Chorale Preludes, F. 38: III. Jesu, meine Freude
  7. Chorale Preludes, F. 38: IV. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt
  8. Chorale Preludes, F. 38: V. Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ
  9. Chorale Preludes, F. 38: VI. Wir Christenleut han jetzund Freud
  10. Chorale Preludes, F. 38: VII. Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit
  11. Fugue in A Minor
  12. Fugue in C Minor
  13. Fugue in B-Flat Major
  14. Fugue in F Major

Disk 13

  1. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: I. Chorus. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis
  2. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: II. Recitative. Es ist nun hohe Zeit
  3. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: III. Chorale. Steh auf vom Sündenschlaf
  4. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: IV. Recitative. Drum, Vater
  5. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: V. Aria. Vater, mit Erbarmen
  6. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: VI. Accompanied Recitative. Ich weiß, die Nacht ist schon dahin
  7. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: VII. Aria. Ich ziehe Jesum an im Glauben
  8. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: VIII. Chorale. Den Geist, der heilig ist
  9. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F. 80: IX. Chorus (da capo)
  10. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F. 89: I. Chorus. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste
  11. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F. 89: II. Recitative. Gott hat uns Gnad und Heil
  12. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F. 89: III. Aria. Der Trost gehöret nur vor Kinder
  13. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F. 89: IV. Accompanied Recitative. Dein Heiland lässt die Bahn
  14. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F. 89: V. Aria. Holdseligster Engel
  15. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F. 89: VI.Chorale. Wir Menschen sind zu dem, o Gott

Disk 14

  1. Dies ist der Tag, F. 85, Sinfonia: I. Allegro maestoso
  2. Dies ist der Tag, F. 85, Sinfonia: II. Andante
  3. Dies ist der Tag, F. 85, Sinfonia: III. Vivace
  4. Dies ist der Tag, F. 85, Cantata: I. Accompanied recitative. Dies ist der Tag
  5. Dies ist der Tag, F. 85, Cantata: II. Aria. Süßer Hauch von Gottes Throne
  6. Dies ist der Tag, F. 85, Cantata: III. Recitative. Ich folge dir
  7. Dies ist der Tag, F. 85, Cantata: IV. Aria. Entzünde mich, du Kraft der größten Liebe!
  8. Dies ist der Tag, F. 85, Cantata: V. Chorale. Heilger Geist in Himmels Throne
  9. Erzittert und fallet, F. 83: I. Chorus. Erzittert und fallet
  10. Erzittert und fallet, F. 83: II. Aria. Was für reizend sanfte Blicke
  11. Erzittert und fallet, F. 83: III. Recitative. Das Grab ist leer
  12. Erzittert und fallet, F. 83: IV. Duet. Komm, mein Hirte
  13. Erzittert und fallet, F. 83: V. Recitative. Mein Heiland kommt
  14. Erzittert und fallet, F. 83: VI. Aria. Rauscht, ihr Fluten, donnernd Blitzen
  15. Erzittert und fallet, F. 83: VII. Chorale. Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn