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C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Cello Concerto in A [Hybrid SACD]
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, English Concert
C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Cello Concerto in A [Hybrid SACD]
Genre: Classical
 
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Johann Sebastian's prodigiously talented second son, acquired his musical skills at his father's knee, but emerged from the paternal shadow before he was 25. His reputation as a keybo...  more »

     
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All Artists: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, English Concert
Title: C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Cello Concerto in A [Hybrid SACD]
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 11/14/2006
Album Type: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Instruments, Strings, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093046740368

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Johann Sebastian's prodigiously talented second son, acquired his musical skills at his father's knee, but emerged from the paternal shadow before he was 25. His reputation as a keyboard player was cemented--and perpetuated--by his "Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments"; as a composer, he developed a style distinctly his own: innovative, adventurous, deliberately willful, yet characterized by an inward, subtle sensitivity. He exerted a profound influence on succeeding generations; Mozart reportedly said, "He is the father, we are the children." These four symphonies, written in 1775, all have three movements connected by a fermata or short cadenza. Within this form, Bach achieves extraordinary diversity of character, mood, and expression, with contrasting articulation, rhythm, and dynamics; the conversational juxtaposition of winds and strings creates variety of color and texture. The fast corner movements are sparkling and gracious, with trills adding spice and humor; the slow middle movements sing serenely and lament mournfully. The Cello Concerto, composed around 1753 during Bach's 30-year employment at the court of Frederick the Great, is very beautiful; the slow movement with its Neapolitan chords and chromaticism is deeply moving. It also exists in versions for flute and harpsichord, the former written for the Emperor, the latter probably for Bach himself. The cello version, which combines the flute's sustaining quality and the keyboard's nimbleness, is considered the most successful; the solo part is extremely difficult, with leaps, jumps, and runs. The period instrument orchestra, tuned a half-step low, is most excellent; the solo cello sounds a bit subdued, but the performance is brilliant and expressive. --Edith Eisler
 

CD Reviews

Discover the other Bach
J. Yingling | Beebe, AR United States | 08/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For years I have enjoyed my J.S. Bach recordings and wished that there would be new discoveries of his music, but for no particular reason I never ventured into the music of his son, C.P.E. Bach. I heard about this recording on the Minn. Public Radio podcast, "New Classical Tracts by Julie Amacher." It was reviewed and recommended there. I have found that podcast to be right-on about its recommendations. Wonderful music beautifully played. C.P.E., where have you been all my life."
A delight
Mark Symons | Aberdeen, Scotland | 07/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I echo the praise of the reviewer above. This CD is a real treat - energetic performances of lively works that are, most of all, surprisingly forward looking. Andrew Manze conducts performances of a high standard. Highly recommended."