|Johann Christian Bach||Sinfonia B-Flat Major Op. 21 No. 1.|
|Franz Joseph Haydn||Mass Hob. Xxii:13 In B Flat Major ‘Schöpfungmesse’.|
Kammerchor Der Frauenkirche Dresden, Frauenkirchenkantor.
In the 1970s German game-show “Name the Melody” – which asked candidates to name songs from operas and operettas – Joseph Haydn would have hardly played a role. Yet: listening to this CD might arouse similar exclamations of “Ah, yes, of course!” when hearing the sounds of his Creation Mass, for the composer has hidden a quotation from his oratorio The Creation here, which Matthias Grünert and the Reußisches Kammerorchester uncover with charm and wit. The local “royals” of the day, by the way, were “not amused” by this musical conjuring trick.
Operas were, however, the preferred playground for the youngest member of Johann Sebastian Bach’s family: Johann Christian is frequently also referred to as the “Milan Bach” or the “London Bach”. Cosmopolitan and open for the stylistic developments of his day, he has in common with Haydn the friendship with a certain Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The latter’s spirited nature shines forth from the Symphony in B-flat major recorded here, and whose lively drive enters into a remarkable dialogue with Haydn’s Mass.