C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Sonatas

Audio Samples

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in G minor, H. 47, Wq. 65/17
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in A major (Prussian Sonata no 6), H. 29, Wq. 48/6
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in B flat major (Prussian Sonata no 2), H. 25, Wq. 48/2
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C minor (Prussian Sonata no 4), H. 27, Wq. 48/4
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E flat major (Zweyte Forsetzung no 1), H. 50, Wq. 52/1

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in G minor, H. 47, Wq. 65/17
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in A major (Prussian Sonata no 6), H. 29, Wq. 48/6
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in B flat major (Prussian Sonata no 2), H. 25, Wq. 48/2
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C minor (Prussian Sonata no 4), H. 27, Wq. 48/4
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E flat major (Zweyte Forsetzung no 1), H. 50, Wq. 52/1
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The pianist Danny Driver has garnered the highest possible praise for his two York Bowen discs on Hyperion. Now, demonstrating his extraordinary versatility, he turns to a composer from a very different age - yet one who has been similarly overlooked by the musical establishment. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, second son of Johann Sebastian, was both revered and criticized by his contemporaries for his bold departures from conventional modes of musical expression. He perfected a highly original and intensely personal compositional style known as the empfindsamer Stil (literally, the 'sensitive style'). C.P.E. Bach's dramatic music clearly breaks away from, yet also builds upon, the early eighteenth-century style perfected by his father. His compositions mark one of the first - and among the most inspired - repudiations of the baroque aesthetic, in which a single unified mood dominates each movement. C.P.E. Bach composed more than three hundred keyboard works during his lifetime. All of the works on this recording were composed during the 1740s, while he was in the service of King Frederick II of Prussia.

'Danny Driver, a recent addition to Hyperion's bejewelled roster of pianists, makes his superlative case for music that is as inventive as it is unsettling. Playing with imperturbable authority, he captures all the mercurial fits and starts of the G minor Sonata ... It would be impossible to over-estimate Driver's impeccable technique and musicianship, and also a warmth missing from Pletnev's earlier and razor-sharp recital ... This is one of the finest of all recent keyboard issues and Hyperion's sound and presentation are ideal' (Gramophone)

'Listening to this extraordinary music, it is easy to understand why the audiences who first heard it in the 1740s were thrilled and bewildered in equal measure ... Driver meets the interpretative challenges with a lively mind, dexterity and warm sensibility in a way that brings CPE Bach's startling originality sharply into focus' (The Daily Telegraph)

'With 78 minutes of impeccable pianism, top-drawer recording quality and highly informative notes by Leta Miller, placing these remarkable works in context, this deserves a wide audience' (International Record Review)

'In terms of this selection of CPE. Bach's sonatas, it's a case of once you start, you're hooked, something enhanced by playing of clarity, depth and poise, Driver always willing to go with the music's unpredictability. This is invention at once intellectual and engagingly entertaining, containing the promise of surprise while retaining a secret or two for the next playing. There is an unpredictable logic to these pieces that is very likeable, be it the individual slow movements or the toccata-like faster ones; and whatever CPE. Bach demands Danny Driver ensures a comprehensive realisation of these fascinating scores' (ClassicalSource.com)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2009-07-31&2009-08-01_2009-).



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Works Details

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in G minor, H. 47, Wq. 65/17
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2009-07-31&2009-08-01_2009-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1746

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in A major (Prussian Sonata no 6), H. 29, Wq. 48/6
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2009-07-31&2009-08-01_2009-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in B flat major (Prussian Sonata no 2), H. 25, Wq. 48/2
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2009-07-31&2009-08-01_2009-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C minor (Prussian Sonata no 4), H. 27, Wq. 48/4
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2009-07-31&2009-08-01_2009-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E flat major (Zweyte Forsetzung no 1), H. 50, Wq. 52/1
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2009-07-31&2009-08-01_2009-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1747