Given by Pawel Siwczak harpsichord, presented by London Bach Society and hosted by Richard Jones, LBC Council Chairman. Here is the programme:
“Bach vs Bach” in the series “Bach at Langstone“
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788) Presto in C minor (H. 66/VI) Johann Sebastian Bach (1695 – 1750) Ricercar a 3 from Musical Offering BWV 1079 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 12 Variations on “Folie d’Espagne” (Wq. 118/9, H. 263) Prussian Sonata No. 2 in B-flat major (Wq. 48/2, H. 25) Vivace – Adagio – Allegro assai Johann Sebastian Bach Overture in the French style in B minor BWV 831 Ouverture – Courante – Gavotte I, II – Passepied I, II – Sarabande – Bourree I, II – Gigue Echo Pawel writes “It’s a nice juxtaposition of father and son, inspired by James Gaines’ book “An Evening in the Palace of Reason”, especially starting with that Ricercar that was a test for JS Bach, most likely devised by his son. And I adore the French Ouverture. Also I would like to record it later this year, so it would be great to play it.”
LBS is a patron of this year’s series “BACH-We are Family”, supporting Mahan Esfahani and Pieter Wispelwey’s recitals. Postponed from 2020, but now neatly forming part of the London Bach Society’s 75th Anniversary, these recitals are being performed by two powerful Bach interpreters in venues at the heart of Bach’s city.
Like millions of Brits, we offer our sincerest thanks and congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on her Platinum Jubilee – 70 glorious, innovatory and challenging years. Not without frustrations and difficulties but with an unflinching adherence to duty. What an example!
Have fun everyone as we raise a glass to all our own supporters and offer our own thanks for what we have been able to do. I am off to Leipzig in mid-June to represent us on the world Bach platform as a Patron of the Leipzig Bachfest 2022 “Bach-We are Family”. Click here
In the period 5-8 April 1750, Bach underwent a 2nd eye operation delivered by London eye surgeon Dr John Taylor. It must have been agony and an experience from which Bach never recovered – a stroke followed three months later and our beloved JSB passed away on 28 July that same year. One of the greatest Chorale Preludes is “Vor deinen Thron trett’ ich hiermit” (Now I stand before thy throne) BWV 668 (Leipzig Chorale Preludes, the great ’18’), sometimes referred to as the ‘death-bed’ chorale with the story being that Bach dictated this on his death-bed a few days before he died. This is doubted, but somehow it conjures up a lovely image doesn’t it?
Bach’s music is performed using a variety of musical forces as well as the original ones. It is well known that Paul Steinitz advocated performing Bach using musical forces with which the composer would have been familiar – implementing period style using period instruments and reduced choral forces – the latter for attention at his death and which he did not complete, sadly. This satisfied a huge musical curiosity as to how it originally sounded. Nowadays, the horizon has been broadened and Bach’s music is played on an ever-widening variety of instruments from marimba to saxophone to anything you care to name, as well as by specialising chamber ensembles.
Click here to listen to “Vor deinen Thron trett’ ich hiermit” beautifully played by the Danish String Quartet joined by a youth choir. Take a moment…
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