Collection: Bach Family

COMPOSERS: CPE Bach,JC Bach,JS Bach,WF Bach
LABELS: L’OISEAU-LYRE
WORKS: Concerto in C, BWV 1061a; Concerto for Two Keyboards, F10; Four Duets, Wq 115; Duet in G, Op. 15
PERFORMER: Christopher Hogwood, Christophe Rousset (keyboard)
CATALOGUE NO: 440 649-2 DDD

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This enterprising collection offers a rare chance to hear the Bach family’s music for two keyboard players on original harpsichords, clavichords and square pianos, all beautifully recorded by L’Oiseau-Lyre to interest even those who think early keyboards sound like the jangle of rusty bed springs. The playing is a touch hard-driven at times, and the opening movement of Bach père’s C major Concerto is heavily accented; but there’s no doubting the sparkling virtuosity here. Kate Bolton