Sunday, November 15, 2015

W.F. BACH Organ Works

Thoroughly trained by his father Johann Sebastian, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach became renowned as a virtuoso harpsichordist and organist. His surviving organ music includes the seven choral preludes and ten fugues on this disc, which range from relatively simple settings to elaborate displays of counterpoint. Born in Rio de Janeiro and based in the USA, Julia Brown, who has made several acclaimed recordings of keyboard music by Buxtehude and Scheidemann for Naxos, has been praised as ‘a first-class artist and superb technician…an exceptionally sensitive stylist’ (Classics Today).

"[Julia] Brown’s playing is notable for agogic nuance, though much of it sounds imposed from without rather than emerging naturally from the gestures of the music. In any case, it makes a pleasant contrast with Flamme’s [CPO] more unbending approach to phrasing…" --American Record Guide, July 2011

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