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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas II

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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas II composed by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784). German title: Kantaten II /Ochs. Cantatas, Masses, German, Mass sections; Special days, Whitsun; Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hymns in praise of the Virgin Mary. CD. 700 pages. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.8342900).

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was Director of Music in Halle from 1746 to 1764. This position was in many respects similar to that of Johann Sebastian Bach's in Leipzig. Certainly, in performing his duties Friedemann Bach largely followed the example of his father-whether in matters of organ playing, choice of repertoire or making demands of the musicians. W. F. Bach was required to perform a cantata every third week and also on all feast days. The cantatas and Mass compositions performed here for the first time are works from this era-outstanding artistic contributions to the genre of the church cantata after J. S. Bach. Under the direction of Jurgen Ochs the eight singers of the Rastatter Hofkapelle perform both the choral as well as solo passages.

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