JS Bach - Notebooks for Anna Magdalena | Hyperion CDA68387

JS Bach - Notebooks for Anna Magdalena


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68387

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 5th May 2023



Domestic music-making of a distinctly superior sort is lovingly recreated in a rare recording of the notebooks Bach presented to his second wife.

The famous music book was gifted by Johann Sebastian Bach to his wife, who noted down pieces composed by Bach and others. Award-winning harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and renowned soprano Carolyn Sampson perform these works.


What an unfailingly delightful compilation it is, featuring keyboard galanteries, chorale melodies with or without voice and a wide variety of arias […] few if any will be disappointed with an enchanting programme, affectionately and intimately performed.
BBC Music Magazine
Among the delights here are short works by Bach’s sons, […]. Esfahani has considerable fun with the jaunty little March in G, adding some bumptious ornamentation in the repeats.
Mahan Esfahani and Carolyn Sampson are the perfect exponents of this repertoire with every item given a scrupulously faithful performance that never patronises any of the pieces, but treats each of them as though it were a miniature masterpiece, as indeed many of them are. […] This is a recording to which listeners will wish to return repeatedly.
MusicWeb International

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