Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Claviermusik II


Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710–84) was one of the most outstanding, yet at the same time, most idiosyncratic composers of his time. His work reflects his ambitious attempt to assimilate his father’s legacy and to develop it further to suit the taste of his own generation. This becomes apparent in his keyboard music – from the early works to the late sonatas and fantasias. The oldest Bach son delights us here with his appealing synthesis of highly complex baroque and sensitive gallant styles. Léon Berben’s inspiring performances profoundly emphasize the significance of this music and continue the Carus series of works by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.


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Wie die erste Folge ist auch diese zweite wieder sehr interessant und musikalisch überzeugend. Berbens Spiel ist technisch souverän; seine Interpretationen sind immer spanned und fesselnd.
Johann van Veen, Toccata 96/2018


...musically Berben delivers outstanding performances.
Johann van Veen, musica-dei-donum.org, Herbst 2016

Und was Berben dabei an den Instrumenten vorführt, ist purer Sturm und Drang [...]. Zweifellos eine fantastische Einspielung [...].
Hagen Kunze, bach magazin, Herbst/Winter 2015/16

Leon Berben spielt die Sonaten und Phantasien mit hörbarem Verve und pianistischer Überlegenheit, arbeitet die Strukturen mit variierter Agogik heraus.
Rainer Goede, orgel-information.de, März/August 2015

… a superb album of W. F. Bach's keyboard music.
Lynn René Bayley, fanfaremag.com, 2. Juni 2015


There's a good chance that whatever your expectations of the music on this excellent CD by Dutch harpsichordist Léon Berben they will be modified, if not overturned. This is music which exudes excitement, originality, energy and color from first note to last. Berben responds admirably to these qualities. He is obviously enjoying the experience of presenting us with a couple of première recordings too: the other Fantasia here, in C minor [tr.13], and the F Major sonata [tr.s 17-19].
Mark Sealey, classical.net, 17.April 2015

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