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C.P.E. Bach: Hamburger Quartalsmusiken

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Nun danket alle Gott, Easter cantata for 3 soloists, chorus, 2 oboes, 3 trumpets, strings & continuo
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Herr, nun lehr uns zu tun, pastiche cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, H. 817
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Siehe! Ich begehre, michaelmass cantata for voices, chorus, 2 oboes, 3 trumpets, strings & continuo,
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, pastiche cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, H. 811
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Notes & Reviews:

C. P. E. Bach held the most important and influential post in Hamburg's church music, comparable to his father's post at St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, and was responsible for the music performed on Sundays in Hamburg's five principal churches. The 'Quartalsmusiken' (Quarterly Compositions) occupied an outstanding place among the figural compositions performed at the five principal churches during the course of the church year. Unlike customary cantatas, each of which was performed in one church on one Sunday, the 'Quartalsmusiken' were heard in all five churches, in accordance with a set rotation schedule corresponding to the age of the churches. All four of the 'Quartalsmusiken' for Easter, Pentecost, Michaelmas, and Christmas released here were instrumented with three trumpets and timpani in keeping with these festive occasions. And all of them are 'pasticci' (combining compositions by others, compositions by Bach, and his reworkings of his own compositions) and thus reveal quite a bit about Bach's understanding of the musical work of art as well as about the variety and quality of the sacred music presented to the Hamburg church public during his tenure there between 1768 and 1788.

"Together they give us a window into music-making of the post-baroque in Germany and a new picture of CPE Bach as working musician. The performances are devoted and spirited, from soloists through chorus to orchestra and in vivid sound."-American Record Guide

Gramophone Magazine
Ludger Rémy's analysis of the works is good; his musicians are of high calibre...in the bass recitative No 4 of H811, where unusually the strings enter part of the way through, Rémy melds in and offers matching support. His conducting is even finer in the succeeding tenor aria, again fully at ease with the string accompaniment.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Altes Rathaus, Leipzig (06/19/2009-06/20/2009).



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Nun danket alle Gott, Easter cantata for 3 soloists, chorus, 2 oboes, 3 trumpets, strings & continuo
  • Conductor: Ludger Remy
  • Ensemble: Les Amis de Philippe
  • Notes: Altes Rathaus, Leipzig (06/19/2009-06/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Herr, nun lehr uns zu tun, pastiche cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, H. 817
  • Conductor: Ludger Remy
  • Ensemble: Les Amis de Philippe
  • Notes: Altes Rathaus, Leipzig (06/19/2009-06/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Siehe! Ich begehre, michaelmass cantata for voices, chorus, 2 oboes, 3 trumpets, strings & continuo,
  • Conductor: Ludger Remy
  • Ensemble: Les Amis de Philippe
  • Notes: Altes Rathaus, Leipzig (06/19/2009-06/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, pastiche cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, H. 811
  • Conductor: Ludger Remy
  • Ensemble: Les Amis de Philippe
  • Notes: Altes Rathaus, Leipzig (06/19/2009-06/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical