Friday, June 1, 2012

Family Album: 53 Musical Bachs on Spotify

The Bach family was of importance in the history of music for nearly two hundred years, with over 50 known musicians and several notable composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) and 4 of his 11 sons: W.F. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, J. C. F. Bach and J. C. Bach (if you find that confusing, just think of this: four of J.S. Bach's brothers had the same first name Johann; the other? Johannes).

Morning prayers in the family of Sebastian Bach

Every album in this playlist features works of various musical Bachs in one disk, except the four Carus albums at the beginning, which are dedicated to the four famous sons of J.S. Bach respectively. Total disk numbers are over 30, some highlights are:

Sacred Music Of The Bach Family (Hänssler): 12 Bachs
Organ Works Of The Bach Family (Hänssler): 10 Bachs
3 volumes of Bachiana by Musica Antiqua Köln (DG/Archiv)
Bach Dynasty by Les Talens Lyriques (Naive)
Family Matters by Musica Novantica Vienna (Gramola)
The Father, the Son & the Godfather (BIS), Telemann was the Godfather and namesake of C. P. E. Bach; this album and Isaac Stern's Trio Sonatas of The Bach Family and Telemann (Sony) also feature his works.

Get this collection in one Spotify playlist here: The Bach Family Albums (521 tracks, total time: 42 hours) Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view (yes you really should do that for this playlist clustered with Bachs). See this page for a detail family history and more.

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