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C.P.E. Bach – Keyboard Concertos, Volume 20

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1967 CD
Release date2013-01-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time59:48

Final disc in the series


“You can mentally add it to the Classical Hall of Fame…” Fanfare

With this disc, Miklós Spányi’s survey of the complete keyboard concertos of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, begun in 1995, reaches its conclusion. But over the years it has already been described as ‘a unique monument to one of the 18th century's most underrated composers’ (Gramophone) as well as ‘one of the most important and monumental recording projects of the century so far’ (MusicWeb International) and ‘an epoch-making achievement… in the history of recorded music’ ( Together, the 64 works – composed over a period of fifty-five years (1733-88) – form an endlessly fascinating picture of their composer’s various choices made in the course of a long career. They also illustrate the development of the concerto genre, and, indeed, of music itself during the mid-eighteenth century – a period of experimentation and great variety. All of these aspects are explored in an admirable fashion in the liner notes to the various discs, written by the C.P.E. Bach scholars Jane R. Stevens and Darrell M. Berg. Throughout the series, Miklós Spányi has performed the solo parts on harpsichord, fortepiano and tangent piano, carefully explaining his choices in his own remarks to each volume, and thereby providing much insight into a crucial chapter in the development of the keyboard instruments. The two double concertos on this final volume frame most of Bach’s career, with the F major work for two harpsichords hailing from 1740 and the Concerto in E flat major being the fruit of the composer’s final year. The latter work is intriguing in that Bach in his score specified that the solo parts should be performed on a harpsichord and a fortepiano respectively, resulting in some fascinating sound effects. The disc ends with a Sonatina for two harpsichords, composed in the 1760s, and remarkable for the size of its orchestra: the work employs the largest forces ever used by Bach, and forms a suitably resplendent finale to this great recording project.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
  Concerto in E flat major, Wq47 (H 479) 18:25
01 I. Allegro di molto 07:40 $ 1.61 USD
02 II. Larghetto 05:43 $ 1.20 USD
03 III. Presto 05:02 $ 1.06 USD
  Concerto in F major, Wq46 (H 408) 24:56
04 I. Allegro 10:46 $ 2.26 USD
05 II. Largo 08:03 $ 1.69 USD
06 III. Allegro assai 06:07 $ 1.28 USD
  Sonatina in D major, Wq109 (H 543) 15:04
07 Presto 00:44 $ 0.15 USD
08 Arioso 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
09 Ein wenig lebhafter 01:00 $ 0.21 USD
10 Presto 00:43 $ 0.15 USD
11 Arioso 02:55 $ 0.61 USD
12 Tempo di minuetto 02:37 $ 0.55 USD
13 Allegro 01:16 $ 0.27 USD
14 Tempo di minuetto 03:23 $ 0.71 USD
  Album total 59:48
ComposerBach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
EnsembleConcerto Armonico
HarpsichordHoltz, Cristiano
Spányi, Miklós
FortepianoSzekendy, Tamas
ConductorSzüts, Peter

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