“These little jewels are luminously showcased on the harpsichord: a copy by Colin Booth of an early 18th-century instrument by German maker Johann Christof Fleischer. Its delicate, silvery timbre is beautifully captured by the recording engineers…a felicitous programme, meticulously realised, that sheds light on Bach’s talented pupil.” BBC Music Magazine (Five Stars)
Although a favoured student of J.S. Bach, Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713 – 1780) didn’t see any substantial success in his own lifetime. More recent assessments have discovered a highly educated, enlightened and open minded musician who was clearly highly accomplished as a performer and demonstrating a fascinating synthesis of Baroque, Galant and Classical forms. Keyboardist Steven Devine begins a complete survey of Krebs’ significant contribution to the keyboard genre with this first of four volumes that shows the range of Krebs’ musical language and containing a number of world premiere recordings.
Click on the video below to see and hear Steven Devine talking about this sparkling new recording of the music of a very under-rated composer.
Partita (IV) in A minor [Krebs-WV825] – 31.30
Fugue in C major [Krebs-WV843] – 2.10
Fugue in E major [Krebs-WV844] – 2.40
Fugue in F major [Krebs-WV845] – 4.30
Fugue in F minor [Krebs-WV846] – 3.00
Fugue in G major [Krebs-WV847] – 2.30
Fugue in A minor [Krebs-WV848] – 4.30
Concerto “in the Italian Style” [Krebs-WV821] – 15.30
“Devine’s playing is impressive, his gently rhetorical approach to the music revealing inner beauties within the notes. A fine example of playing the music, rather than the notes. ” Andrew Benson-Wilson