Marking the 300th anniversary of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach’s birth in 1714, this 13-CD box at budget price presents a survey of his greatest works, performed by some of the most renowned musicians in the world of historically informed performance.
Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788), the second son of JS Bach, was a celebrated figure in his lifetime and is recognised as a crucial figure in the transition from the Baroque to the Classical styles. Mozart, no less, said of him: “He is the father, we are the children.”
Both a composer and an important musical theorist, CPE Bach composed in diverse genres, including keyboard works for both harpsichord and fortepiano, flute sonatas and concertos (written for King Frederick of Prussia), symphonies and choral music. Like his older brother, Wilhelm Friedemann, he was an exponent of Empfindsamkeit (sensibility) or Empfindsamer Stil (sensitive style); this aesthetic, which exploited emotional variety and contrast, became prevalent in Northern German music in the 18th century.
This collection features some of the most renowned and influential figures in historically informed performance, including Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, Bob van Asperen, Philippe Herreweghe, Anner Bylsma and Alan Curtis, whose recording of the Rondos for fortepiano appears on CD for the first time.
|CD 1||4 Orchestal Symphonies, W183. Symphony For Strings, W182 Nº 5
|CD 2||Oboe Concertos, W 165 & 164. Oboe Sonata, W135
|CD 3||Flute Concertos W22, 168 & 167
|CD 4||Flute Concertos, W169 & 166. Concerto For Two Harpsichords, W46
|CD 5||Cello Concertos
|CD 6||Hamburg Harpsichord Concertos, W43 Nº 4, 5 & 2
|CD 7||Hamburg Harpsichord Concertos, W43 Nº 6, 3 & 1
|CD 8||Prussian Sonatas W48
|CD 9||Württemberg Sonatas, W49 Nº 1-4
|CD 10||Württemberg Sonatas, W49 Nº 5 & 6. Concertos For Solo Harpsichord
|CD 12||Organ Sonatas
|CD 13||Die Auferstehung Und Himmelfahrt Jesu