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C.P.E. Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos Vol 6 / Spányi

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in E minor, H. 418 Wq. 15
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in G minor, H. 442, Wq. 32
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in B flat major, H. 429, Wq. 25
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
On this recording Miklós Spányi has exchanged his previous harpsichord or fortepiano for a tangent piano: it's like a fortepiano but has the strings struck vertically by tangents (as in the clavichord) rather than at an angle by hammers... The boldness and unusual style of CPE Bach's concertos took his contemporaries aback, and even now they can surprise. The extrovert E minor work, for example, begins with dramatic energy but is interrupted by extraordinary, tentative-sounding broken phrases at the soloist's first entry before being allowed to continue on its way: the Adagio, which includes striking chromatic progressions, has imitative interplay between the solo instrument and the violins. The finale of the otherwise more 'normal' galant G minor Concerto generates very vehement chordal attacks - or are these being overdone here? Spányi's playing throughout has vitality and neatness, although his lifting of the dampers in running passages inevitably causes them to become blurred.



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in E minor, H. 418 Wq. 15
  • Ensemble: Concerto Armonico (Budapest)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1745

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in G minor, H. 442, Wq. 32
  • Ensemble: Concerto Armonico (Budapest)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1754

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in B flat major, H. 429, Wq. 25
  • Ensemble: Concerto Armonico (Budapest)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1749