London Wind Soloists - Johann Christian Bach: Six Symphonies for Wind

London Wind Soloists - Johann Christian Bach: Six Symphonies for Wind
Genre: Classical
Duration: 01:02:47
Artist: London Wind Soloists
Album: Johann Christian Bach: Six Symphonies for Wind
Release Date: 2004
Styles: Symphony

In releasing J.C. Bach: Six Symphonies for Wind, U.K.-based reissue label Testament has made an unusual choice, even for its usual decisions. This originates not with the EMI vaults, Testament's usual stomping ground, but with U.K. Decca. In keeping with Testament's standard mode of operation, this is a selection that Decca would be unlikely to re-release on its own, and a real gem to boot: the London Wind Soloists (i.e., players from the wind section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) under the direction of legendary clarinetist Jack Brymer in the six wind symphonies of Johann Christian Bach. These little "symphonies," first published in 1782, are considered milestones of early wind literature, and this was their first recording, a relevant by-product of a complete recorded series of the wind music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. While the appearance of such rarefied wind literature is a reasonably common event on CD in the twenty first century, it was practically unheard of in the LP era of the 1960s.On Testament's part, this is an intelligently chosen reissue, for as J.C. Bach: Six Symphonies for Wind re-enters the market it is still quite competitive. While in the meantime a few other recordings have been made of this music, they do not quite stack up to these great first recordings by the London Wind Soloists. The horns played by Alan Civil and Ian Harper are particularly strong; clear, crisp, and nicely in tune. The recording, made at West Hempstead Studios in 1967, is very good, though it is a bit distant and bright in keeping with the way Decca recorded things back then. Annotator Graham Silcock does not seem to care much for J.C. Bach's music, decrying that it is "rarely free of a whiff of the military." Pity for him, as part of the appeal of the terrific performance here of Bach's Sinfonia No. 4 in B flat is the martial quality of this symphony and its lilting "Cotillion," evoking charming images of a regimental ball given in pre-Revolutionary Europe, a place of periwigs, three-cornered hats, and bayonets. Just skip the notes and enjoy the music.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Symphonies (6) for wind instruments, CW BInc7-12 (T. 285/3)
Sinfonia No. 1 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 1. AllegroLondon Wind Soloists3:38
Sinfonia No. 1 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 2. AndanteLondon Wind Soloists3:06
Sinfonia No. 1 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 3. MarchLondon Wind Soloists1:56
Sinfonia No. 1 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 4. Allegro assaiLondon Wind Soloists2:15
Sinfonia No. 2 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 1. AllegroLondon Wind Soloists2:39
Sinfonia No. 2 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 2. LarghettoLondon Wind Soloists3:04
Sinfonia No. 2 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 3. MarchLondon Wind Soloists1:26
Sinfonia No. 2 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 4. RondeauLondon Wind Soloists2:21
Sinfonia No. 3 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 1. AllegroLondon Wind Soloists3:18
Sinfonia No. 3 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 2. AndanteLondon Wind Soloists2:55
Sinfonia No. 3 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 3. MenuetLondon Wind Soloists2:55
Sinfonia No. 3 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 4. PrestoLondon Wind Soloists1:49
Sinfonia No. 4 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 1. AllegroLondon Wind Soloists2:56
Sinfonia No. 4 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 2. LargoLondon Wind Soloists3:19
Sinfonia No. 4 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 3. MarchLondon Wind Soloists1:04
Sinfonia No. 4 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 4. CotillionLondon Wind Soloists1:33
Sinfonia No. 5 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 1. AllegroLondon Wind Soloists2:54
Sinfonia No. 5 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 2. AndantinoLondon Wind Soloists3:54
Sinfonia No. 5 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 3. MenuetLondon Wind Soloists2:52
Sinfonia No. 5 in E flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 4. Allegro assaiLondon Wind Soloists1:43
Sinfonia No. 6 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 1. AllegroLondon Wind Soloists3:07
Sinfonia No. 6 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 2. AndanteLondon Wind Soloists2:55
Sinfonia No. 6 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 3. GraziosoLondon Wind Soloists3:02
Sinfonia No. 6 in B flat for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & 2 Bassoons: 4. AllegrettoLondon Wind Soloists2:06

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