Ricercar Consort; conductor, Adrian Chamorro;
Il Fondamento; conductor, Paul Dombrecht, Guy Penson, harpsichord & fortepiano
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
At the same time as we get to know Wilhelm Friedemann Bach's compositions we can also take stock of the real personality of Johann Sebastian Bach's eldest son. His works are still mostly unknown to the public at large and remain in the shadow of those by his brothers. It is true that his music still seems to be somewhat strange, imprisoned as it undoubtedly is by the composer's profound inner drama. Born in 1710, Wilhelm Friedemann benefited more than any other of his brothers from the impact of his father's personality; we may well remember the famous phrase attributed to Johann Sebastian «The son that gives me joy is the one that I love» ?