Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)

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01Lured By The Stage2009100520140428

With Donald Macleod. JC Bach rejects a typically Bach career as a provincial organist.

Donald Macleod introduces music and stories from the life of Johann Christian Bach, these days best known as the younget son of JS Bach, but in his day, the most famous Bach of all. Today, we follow JC Bach as he veers away from a typically Bach career as a provincial organist, and heads instead to Italy, and opera.

With Donald Macleod.

JC Bach rejects a typically Bach career as a provincial organist.

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of JC Bach, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian.

He discusses Johann Christian's rejection of a traditional Bach career as a provincial organist in favour of travelling to Italy to concentrate on opera.

Sonata in G, B24

Erika Petofi (violin)

Csilla Valyi (cello)

Miklos Spanyi (tangent piano)

Laudate pueri Dominum (St Joseph Vespers)

Emma Kirkby (soprano)

Markus Schafer (tenor)

L'Orfeo Barockorchester

Michi Gaigg (director)

Konzertsatz fur Orgel und Streicher No 1

Johannes Geffert (organ)

JC Bach-Akademie

Ingeborg Scheerer (director)

Overture (Artaserse)

The Academy of Ancient Music

Christopher Hogwood (director).

02Royal Favour2009100620140429

Donald Macleod explores JC Bach's activities in 18th-century London.

Donald Macleod follows Johann Christian Bach to London, where he became "the darling of the English", making friends in high places, and wowing the public with his operas.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of JC Bach, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian.

He follows Johann Christian to London, where he became the darling of the English, making friends in high places and wowing the public with his operas.

Overture (Orione)

The Academy of Ancient Music

Christopher Hogwood (director)

See the kind indulgent gales

Maria Zadori (soprano)

Capella Savaria

Pal Nemeth (conductor)

Harpsichord Concerto, Op 1, No 6

Anthony Halstead (harpsichord and direction)

The Hanover Band

Endimione (excerpt from Act 1)

Diana....Vasilijka Jezovsek (soprano)

Nice....Ann Monoyios (soprano)

Amore....Jorg Waschinski (soprano)

VokalEnsemble Koln

Capella Coloniensis des WDR

Bruno Weil (director).

03Bach And Abel2009100720140430

Donald Macleod discusses JC Bach's friendship with German composer Carl Friedrich Abel.

Donald Macleod introduces music and stories from the life of Johann Christian Bach - today, his friendships with the German composer Carl Abel, and the painter Thomas Gainsborough.

They must have made quite a threesome - two German composers, Johann Christian Bach and Carl Friedrich Abel, and the English painter Thomas Gainsborough. Bach and Abel were housemates, and business partners, collaborating on a series of subscription concerts in Soho for twenty years. Gainsborough, famously boozy and passionate about music, was the third side of the triangle, risking their ridicule by performing for them, and swapping his paintings for his friends' instruments. Donald Macleod discovers what they got up to in 18th-century London.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of JC Bach, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian.

He discusses Johann Christian's friendships in 18th-century London with composer Carl Friedrich Abel and painter Thomas Gainsborough.

Bach and Abel were housemates and business partners, collaborating on a series of subscription concerts in Soho for 20 years.

Gainsborough, famously boozy and passionate about music, was the third side of the triangle, risking their ridicule by performing for them and swapping his paintings for his friends' instruments.

Abel: Sonata in G (2nd mvt)

Susanne Heinrich (viola da gamba)

JC Bach: Sinfonia Concertante in G

Pratum Integrum Orchestra

Abel: Five Pieces in D minor, WKO 208 (No 1)

Wieland Kuijken (gamba)

JC Bach: Quartet, Op 19, No 1

Camerata Koln.

04Meeting Mozart In London2009100820140501

Donald Macleod dicusses JC Bach's relationship with his famous pupil - Mozart.

Donald Macleod explores Johann Christian Bach's relationship with his famous pupil - the eight-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In 1764, the Mozarts' tour of Europe took them to London, where the Royal music master, JC Bach, arranged for them to perform for the King and Queen. The relationship between Bach and the eight-year-old Mozart flourished - and as Donald Macleod discovers in today's programme, young Wolfgang's chief ambition was that "my name will be as famous as that of Christian Bach".

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Johann Christian Bach, the youngest son of JS Bach.

He dicusses JC Bach's relationship with his most famous pupil - Mozart.

In 1764, the Mozarts' tour of Europe took them to London, where, as Royal Music Master, Johann Christian arranged for them to perform for the King and Queen.

The relationship between him and the eight-year-old Mozart flourished.

The young Wolfgang's chief ambition was that 'my name will be as famous as that of Christian Bach'.

JC Bach: Overture (Catone in Utica)

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Raymond Leppard (conductor)

JC Bach: Piano Trio in A, Op 2, No 5

Trio 1790

JC Bach: Sinfonia in G minor, Op 6, No 6

The Hanover Band

Anthony Halstead (harpsichord/conductor)

Mozart: Concerto in D, K107 (arrangement of JC Bach's Sonata, Op 5, No 3)

David Owen Norris (square piano)

Sonnerie

JC Bach: Amadis des Gaules (Act 2, Sc 5)

Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart

Bach-Collegium Stuttgart

Helmuth Rilling (director).

05 LASTFame Is A Fickle Business2009100920140502

Donald Macleod discovers the sad end of Johann Christian Bach.

Donald Macleod concludes his exploration of the life and work of JC Bach, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian.

He tells the story of JC Bach's decline. Johann Christian was famous - the toast of 18th century London society, music master and friend of Queen Charlotte, musical mentor to Mozart. Yet when he died, he left substantial debts and was buried in an unmarked grave, with only four people present.

He tells the story of JC Bach's decline.

Johann Christian was famous - the toast of 18th century London society, music master and friend of Queen Charlotte, musical mentor to Mozart.

Yet when he died, he left substantial debts and was buried in an unmarked grave, with only four people present.

Overture: Temistocle (1st mvt)

The Hanover Band

Anthony Halstead (harpsichord/director)

Quintet in D, Op 11, No 6

The English Concert

La clemenza di Scipione (Act 1, Sc 7)

Arsinda....Linda Perillo

Luceio....Jorg Waschinski

Rheinische Kantorei

Das Kleine Konzert

Hermann Max (conductor)

Symphony for Double Orchestra, Op 18, No 1

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

David Zinman (conductor)

Overture (La Calamita)

The Academy of Ancient Music

Christopher Hogwood (director).