Useless, absolutely useless….over paid, over rated, over hyped and over everything else I can think of. The only clean words that come to mind to describe the England Football Team. My boys are lucky enough to remember the Beckham days when England were at least in with a chance but this useless bunch have let down a generation of young. May they hang their heads in shame. There, I feel better for that.
The recording I have chosen this week is of keyboard concertos composed by the great JS Bach and his two sons CPE Bach and JC Bach. In the days of the Bachs the keyboard used for these concertos would have been either a harpsichord or an early piano (which still sounds a bit like a harpsichord) but here they are played on a modern piano. Some afficiandos might have issue with this, but I personally like the warmth the modern instrument gives to these works and this is a wonderful, light, summery recording.
JS Bach 1685-1750 was a creative genius who was said to be a virtuoso on ten instruments but his main ones were organ, harpsichord and violin. He spent most of his life working within the Lutheran church which was very strict both in church itself but also with the music used. Bach loved nothing more than taking a strict form and making something of the tune and harmonies. He was an amazing composer of complex music and more often than not could just improvise at the keyboard. It is thought he wrote his keyboard concertos for the Collegium Musicale which was a society of musicians Bach directed, who got together weekly to play and perform.
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) was the fifth child and second surviving son of Bach. He was a highly influential composer who made a big impact on the period between his father's baroque style and the classical and romantic styles. Mozart said of him "He is the father, we are the children"
JC Bach (1735-1782) was the youngest surviving son of Bach and his second wife Anna Magdalena. In 1760 when he was organist at the cathedral in Milan he began composing operas in his spare time. This led to his appointment as an opera composer at the King's Theatre in London and he became one of the most popular composers in England during the eighteen century where he died in 1782. Sadly his music went out of fashion at the end of his life, he died penniless and was buried in a mass grave in Central London.
The soloist on this recording is Anastasia Injushina who has made numerous recordings for radio and television. She is particularly known for her sensitivity and poetry when it comes to chamber music, as such she attracts many top musicians to play with her.