Albrecht Mayer: Bach Generations

September 8, 2023, 9:00 am

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After the huge success of his previous Deutsche Grammophon album, devoted to works by Mozart, oboist Albrecht Mayer turns his attention to the uniquely talented Bach family. For Bach Generations, he has chosen a selection of music by four members of the family: Johann Sebastian himself (1685-1750), Johann Christoph (1642-1703), Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-1788) and Johann Christoph Friedrich (1732-1795). Mayer discovered the music of J.S. Bach at the age of 8, as a choirboy at Bamberg Cathedral. Within a couple of years he was able to play some of the composer’s simpler keyboard pieces on the piano. “Even then,” he recalls, “I could feel this transcendent image of his music going through my veins.”