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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Wilhelm Friedemann was the oldest (and favourite) son of Bach: the first book of the ‘48’ was written for him. He combined rich melodic invention and originality of harmony with a highly personal expressive style and these are much in evidence in the Polonaises. In this admirable recording, the American scholar Robert Hill uses a reconstruction of a Florentine fortepiano of 1720 in the manner of Bartolomeo Cristofori. His playing has great flair and style and it makes out the strongest case for this interesting and individual master. Excellent recorded sound too.



Burton Rothleder
Fanfare, May 2008

This is difficult music to perform, and Robert Hill’s considerable abilities are well utilized here. The sound quality is very good. This is a disc worth hearing because the style of composition is unusual, if not unique. It is music whose melodic lines are not especially profound and would be good music for relaxation… This disc has music worth hearing because it offers the listener a different style of composition from that conventionally associated with the 18th century. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review





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