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C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin / Roberto Loreggian & Federico Guglielmo

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in D major, H. 502, Wq. 71
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in D minor, H. 503, Wq. 72
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in C major, H. 504, Wq. 73
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata o vero sinfonia, for violin & keyboard in D major, H. 507, Wq. 74 (also BWV Anh. 185)
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in B minor, H. 512, Wq. 76
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in G minor, H. 542.5 (also attributed to J.S. Bach as BWV 1020)
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Notes & Reviews:

The fifth child of the undisputed king of the Baroque period, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was born into a musical dynasty of enormous proportions, the likes of which the world has not seen since. Living up to his father's reputation, Emanuel became the most influential composer of Protestant Germany during the second half of the 18th century, and was renowned for his keyboard compositions. He meticulously catalogued his compositions during his life, and yet many of the works show a willingness to adapt the performances depending on forces and instruments. With the exception of Wq73 and Wq74, the works on this recording seem to be specified as two-instrument works, and are therefore performed with harpsichord and violin. Each of the works comes from the period between 1731 and 1763, the height of the composer's creative life. Violinist Federico Guglielmo has been hailed as "the new star of the ancient music landscape" by the Boston Globe, and is a multi-award-winning artist; among the prizes he has won are the Antonio Vivaldi International Recording Prize and the coveted Diapason d'Or. Robert Loreggian is at the harpsichord; a sought-after chamber performer and currently professor at the 'Claudio Pollini' Conservatory in Padua, he has been praised by The Arena for the "virtuoso technical expertise ... extraordinary inventiveness and expressive imagination" of his playing. Other information: Recorded in 2013. Contains liner notes on the works and performer biographies.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
CPE composed these works between 1731 and 1763; two of the three works from the 1730s were revised in the 1740s. The readings are straightforward and effective. Loreggian's articulation often suggests the fortepiano, in fact (for instance, the staccato or perhaps wedge markings in a 1754 piece titled 'Sinfonia'). The impressive Sonata in B minor, W 76, the latest work in the program, certainly cries out for a keyboard that has more expressive immediacy. Elsewhere, for example in the Allegretto from W 72, the tempo is too fast, and Loreggian's vigor as his fingers touch the keys is too audible. Guglielmo's tone is sweet and the phrasing appropriate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbazia di Santa Maria delle Carceri, Este, Padua, Ital (08/24/2013-08/26/2013).



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in D major, H. 502, Wq. 71
  • 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. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1731

>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. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in C major, H. 504, Wq. 73
  • 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: 14 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1745

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata o vero sinfonia, for violin & keyboard in D major, H. 507, Wq. 74 (also BWV Anh. 185)
  • 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: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1754

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in B minor, H. 512, Wq. 76
  • 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: 19 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1763

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in G minor, H. 542.5 (also attributed to J.S. Bach as BWV 1020)
  • 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: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1735