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C.P.E. Bach: Wurttemberg Sonatas (6), Wq49 (1744) / Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Wq 49
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in A flat major (Wurttemberg Sonata no 2), H. 31, Wq. 49/2
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E minor (Wurttemberg Sonata no 3), H. 33, Wq. 49/3
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in B flat major (Wurttemberg Sonata no 4), H. 32, Wq. 49/4
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E flat major (Wurttemberg Sonata no 5), H. 34, Wq. 49/5
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in B minor (Wurttemberg Sonata no 6), H. 36, Wq. 49/6
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion is delighted to present the début recording by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. Esfahani was the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist as well as the first to be awarded a fellowship prize by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. On this disc, Esfahani performs CPE Bach's six Wu¨rttemberg Sonatas. His thrilling performances make the best possible case for this dramatic and endlessly imaginative music. The sonatas range stylistically from Sturm und Drang to High Baroque to the idiom of CPE Bach's famous father. Mahan writes in his booklet notes that CPE Bach, "makes the most combative statement possible to assert his new musical language."

Sunday Times, 12th January 2014
The sound of his instrument...enjoys a wide-ranging spectrum of timbres in Esfahani's dexterous hands, but it is the verve of his allegros and the affecting pathos of his slow movements that mark him out as a special interpreter of this fascinating composer's music in his tercentenary year.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
Esfahani's at his most expressive in the slow movements...This, his first solo disc, provides a particularly welcome introduction onto the world stage for an artist matching, in expression CPE Bach himself.

The Guardian, 23rd January 2014
Esfahani's performances wonderfully convey the sense of the younger Bach flexing his muscles in the new musical language that he was involved in creating.... there's an almost fortepiano-like solidity to the sound, with crisp definition in both the high and low registers that matches its expressive ambitions perfectly.

International Record Review, February 2014
Esfahani makes coherence out of apparent incoherence...As for his playing, in the best sense it is anything but unpredictable: sure-minded and vividly realized, it holds the attention with ease and is a pleasure to hear. This is an excellent recording and it can be thoroughly recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/02/2013-01/04/2013).



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Wq 49
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in A flat major (Württemberg Sonata no 2), H. 31, Wq. 49/2
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E minor (Württemberg Sonata no 3), H. 33, Wq. 49/3
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in B flat major (Württemberg Sonata no 4), H. 32, Wq. 49/4
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E flat major (Württemberg Sonata no 5), H. 34, Wq. 49/5
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in B minor (Württemberg Sonata no 6), H. 36, Wq. 49/6
  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1742