It must have been daunting for J.S Bach’s musical sons to work with his huge shadow. The fact that four of his children succeeded in becoming important and influential composers is both remarkable and proof of how extraordinary these men were. C.P.E and J.C Bach are perhaps the most famous of them, and of the other two, J.C.F and W.F, it is Wilhelm Friedemann (1710-84) who perhaps came closest to his father as a composer.
"Bach's unfinished Art of Fugue, published for still-debated reasons in open score, has been performed and recorded in dozens of different instrumental versions. But this one, by the veteran Akademie für alte Musik, founded in the former East Berlin, is unique; few others have differentiated the fugues by instrumental forces deployed, and perhaps in none has the overall effect been quite so kaleidoscopic as this one. (…) The sound engineering, a product of Berlin's Teldex Studio, is a major strong point." ~allmusic
Mattheson, a pal of Handel's who, if the story is to be believed, almost killed the latter in a duel in Hamburg when both were young, was a composer of considerable talent. Anyone who enjoys Handel's harpsichord music will feel very much at home here. I have hundreds of harpsichord recordings and would rank this in my top ten. Don't miss this beautiful jewel!By Don G. Evans (Randallstown, MD USA)