Thibault Noally / Les Accents / Jean Brégnac / Claire Sottovia

Bach & Co.

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The booklet to this release by the French Baroque group Les Accents and leader Thibault Noally overstates a bit the obscurity of the Bach contemporaries included on this release. Heinichen, Graun, Fasch, and certainly Telemann, have all seen renewed interest, although it may be that they are less familiar in France (though Christoph Förster is a truly obscure, and indeed welcome, discovery). Nevertheless, Noally & Co. do break some new ground here, and the energetically performed program is both informative and a lot of fun. The premise is original: Bach's conservatism as a composer was overstated. He mastered the Vivaldian model quickly, produced superb examples, and inspired others to try to match his combination of brilliant melody, arpeggiated figuration, and rigorous hidden counterpoint. Most of these composers took him up on it, even Johann Gottlieb Graun, who was a generation younger, although his Concerto for violin, recorder, and orchestra is of a lighter, more galant sort. Sample the punchy opening movement of Johann Friedrich Fasch's Concerto for violin and oboe in D minor, which comes clearly from Bach's universe, although not his level of accomplishment. The big exception is Telemann, who could affect Bach's style as a device but went in decisively new directions that here add variety to the program. His five-movement violin concerto includes a foot-tapping Presto that's worth the price of admission by itself and has nothing to do with Bach. Les Accents have a fresh, sharp sound that draws on contemporary Italian approaches but is a thing unto itself, and one hopes for more German Baroque music from them. The silvery church sound, however, mutes the impact somewhat.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:03 Amazon
Concerto for Violin and Traverso in E minor, TWV 52:e3 / Concerto pour violon et traverso en mi mineur, TWV 52:e3
2 02:46 Amazon
3 02:16 Amazon
4 01:06 Amazon
5 00:46 Amazon
6 02:47 Amazon
Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056R / Concerto pour violon en sol mineur 1056R
7 03:12 Amazon
8 02:35 Amazon
9 03:16 Amazon
Concerto for Violin and Recorder in C major, Cv:XIII:96 / Concerto pour violon et flute à bec en do majeur, Cv:XIII:96
10 02:40 Amazon
11 03:44 Amazon
12 02:44 Amazon
Violin Concerto in G minor / Concerto pour violon en sol mineur
13 03:33 Amazon
14 03:17 Amazon
15 02:45 Amazon
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D minor, WV L:d4 / Concerto pour violon et hautbois en ré mineur, WV L:d4
16 02:44 Amazon
17 02:38 Amazon
18 03:04 Amazon
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 / Concerto pour violon en la mineur, BWV 1041
19 03:38 Amazon
20 05:45 Amazon
21 03:38 Amazon
Concerto for two Violins in C major, TWV 52:C2 / Concerto pour deux violons en do majeur, TWV 52:C2
22 04:05 Amazon
23 02:08 Amazon
24 01:57 Amazon
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