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The Best of C.P.E. Bach - Das Kleine Konzert

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien no 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in A major, H. 438, Wq. 168
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for 2 flutes, 2 horns, strings & continuo, H. 649, Wq. 174
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for Oboe in B flat major, Wq 164/H 466
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 3") in A major, H. 439, Wq. 172
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Der Herr lebet, Wq. 251 (H821g)
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for flute & continuo in E minor, H. 551, Wq. 124
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Psalm 8, psalm setting for chorus, 2 oboes, 3 trumpets, strings & continuo, H. 831, Wq. 222
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in D minor, H. 503, Wq. 72
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Helig (Te Deum Laudamus), for voice, double chorus, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, strings & continuo
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C minor (Prussian Sonata no 4), H. 27, Wq. 48/4
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu, Wq. 240 (H777)
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Gnädig und barmherzig ist der Herr, Wq. 250 (H281)
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Anbetung dem Erbamer, Wq 243/H 807
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Notes & Reviews:

This set brings together the best of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, a composer who achieved considerable renown in his own lifetime and was in fact much more highly regarded than his father - contemporaneous references always referred to him, rather than Johann Sebastian, as the "great Bach". The second eldest of four sons, Emanuel's reputation declined somewhat during the course of the 19th century, when Mendelssohn's revival of his father's Matthew Passion fuelled a surge in appreciation for the mastery of this genius's music. Today, however, with renewed interest in neglected 18th-century music, his status has been revised, and he is now recognized as a significant composer in his own right, the author of a boldly original and innovative style. The two discs reveal that C.P.E. composed in practically every genre except opera. A substantial part of his career was spent working for the flute-playing Frederick the Great, and his chamber music reflects the conservative tastes of his patron who was effectively a restraint on the composer's experimental spirit. With such works as the Hamburg Symphonies and keyboard sonatas, however, C.P.E. Bach was able unleash all facets of his musical talent; the empfindsamer Stil, of which he was an important pioneer, is particularly evident in the latter works which number over 300 in total. Also included on the compilation is an assortment of concertos (oboe, cello & flute) as well several cantatas (including Anbetung der Ermbarmer and Heilig), all of which were composed for popular high spots of the ecclesiastical year. Indeed, it was after succeeding his godfather __ Telemann as director of music at Hamburg that Emanuel was able to devote more of his energies towards composing ceremonial music for the church, and for many the crowning achievement of his career is the oratorio Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesus, a work of sumptuous grandeur which earned high recognition beyond the city of Hamburg during Emanuel's own lifetime. A wonderful array of talent is assembled for this compilation, which features many period-performance ensembles and artists - Das Kleine Konzert and Pieter-Jan Belder included - who have made the music of Bach their primary study. The works have all been taken from Brilliant Classics' mammoth C.P.E. Bach Edition, and form the basis of a perfect introduction to one of the 18th century's most versatile and talented composers.



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien no 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
  • Conductor: Didier Talpain
  • Ensemble: Solamente Naturali
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1775-1776

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for flute, strings & continuo in A major, H. 438, Wq. 168
  • Performers: Eckart Haupt (Flute); Manfred Pernutz (Double Bass); Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord); Karl-Heinz Schroter (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen
  • Running Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1753

>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. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1755

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for Oboe in B flat major, Wq 164/H 466
  • Performer: Anna Starr (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Jörn Boysen
  • Ensemble: Musica Poetica
  • Running Time: 18 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1765

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 3") in A major, H. 439, Wq. 172
  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Morton
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1753

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Der Herr lebet, Wq. 251 (H821g) :: Part 1. no 7. Aria
  • Performer: Wilfried Jochens (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1775

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for flute & continuo in E minor, H. 551, Wq. 124
  • Ensemble: Musica ad Rhenum
  • Notes: Velp, The Netherlands (2012-12-12_2012-12-13&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1737

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Psalm 8, psalm setting for chorus, 2 oboes, 3 trumpets, strings & continuo, H. 831, Wq. 222
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1774

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in D minor, H. 503, Wq. 72
  • Performers: Federico Guglielmo (Violin); Roberto Loreggian (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Abbazia di Santa Maria delle Carceri, Este, Padua, Italy (08/24/2013-08/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Helig (Te Deum Laudamus), for voice, double chorus, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, strings & continuo
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1776

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C minor (Prussian Sonata no 4), H. 27, Wq. 48/4
  • Performers: Pieter-Jan Belder (Clavichord); Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Oud Katholieke Kerk De Hoop, Diemen, The Netherlands (05/20/2011/05/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu, Wq. 240 (H777) :: Part 1. no 9. Duet
  • Performers: Christoph Prégardien; Barbara Schlick (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1774-1780

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Gnädig und barmherzig ist der Herr, Wq. 250 (H281) :: Part 1. no 5. Aria
  • Performer: Barbara Schlick (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1785

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Anbetung dem Erbamer, Wq 243/H 807
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Running Time: 19 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 03/05/1783