My JSB journey of discovery continues and this fascinating disc is my latest find:
The disc revolves around an interesting musicological premise, namely that the Ciaccona from the D minor Partita is actually an epitaph to Bach's first wife of thirteen years, Maria Barbara, who passed away suddenly in the summer of 1720.
The facts surrounding the episode are pretty scant. What we do know is that Bach left Maria Barbara in perfect health sometime at the end of May 1720 to accompany his patron Prince Leopold on a trip to the spa in Carlsbad which had been recommended by his physician. While he was away she fell ill quite suddenly and died on July 7th. Bach didn't return to C