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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Berlin Symphonies / C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra, Haenchen

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sinfonia in E flat major, Wq 179/H 654
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings & continuo in F major, H. 656, Wq. 181
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 horns, strings & continuo, H. 649, Wq. 174
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, strings & continuo in F major, H. 650, Wq. 175
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings & continuo in E minor, H. 653, Wq. 178
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Brilliant Classic's generous celebration of one of 2014's principal anniversary composers continues with these three-movement "symphonies" that may not yet have the breadth or weight that later composers of the Classical period would invest in the genre such as we know it now, but still move forward from the kind of pot-pourri sinfonia that would open an opera or function as an incidental intermezzo. In this, as in so much of his output, C.P.E. Bach stands between periods, perhaps hitherto more appreciated for where his music leads than its own qualities and quirks, which are legion: as purveyor of a new "Empfindsamer Stil" or "sensitive style", CPE took the application of rhetorical principles within "abstract" musical narratives to unparalleled heights, with an almost postmodern disregard for the niceties of formal elegance and an apparently unquenchable glee in composing the unexpected. These works are full of unlikely turns, zestful energy and the juxtaposition of curious ideas. The Dutch conductor Hartmut Haenchen has been a staunch advocate for this music through his career, making pioneering recordings that use "traditional" instruments but speak the composer's language with tremendous enthusiasm and eloquent understanding. Other information: - Recorded in 1985.- "Vigorous performances lacking neither in expressive sensibility nor in virtuosity." (Gramophone).

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
Mostly from the 1750s, these short three-movement works are already full of Bach's later quirks. Lively readings though the recording rather favours strings and clanking harpsichord over the winds.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Christuskirche Berlin (03/1985).



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sinfonia in E flat major, Wq 179/H 654
  • Performer: Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Ensemble: C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1757

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings & continuo in F major, H. 656, Wq. 181
  • Performer: Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1762

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 horns, strings & continuo, H. 649, Wq. 174
  • Performer: Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1755

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, strings & continuo in F major, H. 650, Wq. 175
  • Performer: Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1755

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings & continuo in E minor, H. 653, Wq. 178
  • Performer: Klaus Kirbach (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1756