Johann Christian Bach: Six quartettos for Carl Friedrich Abel Go Arai, Daniel Deuter, Thomas Fritzsch, Inka Döring

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2017

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12.07.2018

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  • Johann Christian Bach (1735 - 1782): 6 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 1 in C Major, W. B51:
  • 16 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 1 in C Major, W. B51: I. Allegro con spirito08:15
  • 26 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 1 in C Major, W. B51: II. Minuetto04:27
  • 6 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 2 in D Major, W. B52:
  • 36 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 2 in D Major, W. B52: I. Andantino04:29
  • 46 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 2 in D Major, W. B52: II. Rondeau. Allegro assai03:11
  • 6 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 3 in G Major, W. B53:
  • 56 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 3 in G Major, W. B53: I. Allegretto08:22
  • 66 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 3 in G Major, W. B53: II. Allegro03:41
  • 6 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 4 in B Major, W. B54:
  • 76 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 4 in B Major, W. B54: I. Andante10:05
  • 86 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 4 in B Major, W. B54: II. Minuetto05:55
  • 6 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 5 in F Major, W. B55:
  • 96 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 5 in F Major, W. B55: I. Allegro08:50
  • 106 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 5 in F Major, W. B55: II. Minuetto con variazioni05:33
  • 6 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 6 in E-Flat Major, W. B56:
  • 116 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 6 in E-Flat Major, W. B56: I. Largo06:33
  • 126 Quartets, Op. 8, No. 6 in E-Flat Major, W. B56: II. Allegro con spirito05:57
  • Total Runtime01:15:18

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Although Johann Christian Bach and the violin virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel lived together in a kind of bachelor living community in London until the marriage of Bach, Bach’s OEuvre for the gamba is surprisingly small. Through the discovery of an old manuscript it was confirmed for the quartets op. 8 what Thomas Fritzsch and others had already assumed: in the first version of the quartets the viola voice was played by Abel on the viola da gamba. Together with other excellent musicians, Fritzsch shows us how the charming quartets in their original version must have sounded.

"These quartets receive excellent performances by all the participants. Go Arai produces a nice tone and plays with great flexibility. Daniel Deuter delivers energetic performances, with some strong dynamic accents. The two instruments complement each other nicely. The viola da gamba could have had a little more presence, but it is probably inevitable that it can't quite compete with the oboe. However, Fritzsch plays his part beautifully. The foundation comes from Inka Döring on the cello, but her instrument's role is confined to that of a bass, without any independent melodic material.

This album sheds light on the role of the viola da gamba in England in the second half of the 18th century and is also a good argument in favour of Johann Christian Bach's chamber music, which deserves more attention than it has been given so far." (Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International)

Go Arai, oboe
Daniel Deuter, violin
Thomas Fritzsch, viola da gamba
Inka Döring, cello

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