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C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Rebecca Miller

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 : Symphony for strings & continuo in A major (Sei sinfonie no 4), H. 660, Wq. 182/4
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for strings & continuo in B minor (Sei sinfonie no 5), H. 661, Wq. 182/5
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sinfonias (4), Wq 183
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sinfonia in E flat major, Wq 179/H 654
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Notes & Reviews:

Avant garde. Eccentric. A maniac. Wild and adventurous. Off the wall. Extraordinary. No marketing hyperbole - this is how the player of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment describe Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach and his music. One of the many children of JS Bach, CPE Bach always lived in his father's shadow, and now is an almost unknown figure at least beyond the classical cogniscenti. How can such an unknown be considered a gamechanger? A listen to his music reveals just why - it constantly shifts, wrongfooting the listener when they least expect it with wild changes of direction and colour - it is bright, effervescent, and is a fascinating link between the music of his father (and the Baroque era) and Joseph Haydn (and the Classical era).

Sunday Times, 8th February 2015
These energetic, committed performances of five symphonies dating from between 1757 - when Haydn was first writing in the genre - and 1780 show the period band has lost none of its verve and enthusiasm for this strange, dramatic music from the dawn of the "classical" era.

The Times, 7th February 2015
Pity this recording - of an Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment concert under Rebecca Miller 13 months ago - couldn't have been "rushed" out during Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's tercentenary year. Still, these five symphonies remind us why we should be enjoying his music regularly, not just in his 300th birthday year.

Early Music Review, February 2015
Very fine accounts of five excellent sinfonias ... If you do not know any orchestral Bach, this would be an excellent introduction.

Financial Times, 21st February 2015
The music's ebullient sense of discovery courses through the performances.

The Telegraph, 15th March 2015
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment...play five of CPE Bach's symphonies, calling on that "historically aware" timbre and manner of performance in which the OAE specialises and also finding the music's pulse and heart...It is the sense of adventure that comes across vivaciously here in a fusion of stylistic taste, smooth and supple phrasing and an exuberant thrust.

The Arts Desk, 18th April 2015
The OAE under Rebecca Miller play with an accuracy and passion that's infectious: this is among the most exciting, adrenalin-filled period instrument recordings you'll hear.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Under Rebecca Miller's inspiriting direction , the crack players tear into the fast movements with disciplined craziness ... If you're still a CPE novice, I can't think of a better introduction to his brand of inspired eccentricity that these terrific, high-octane performances, live in every sense.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Each of the symphonies is composed of three movements, fast-slow-fast. The Symphony in D sets the tone, showing off Bach's taste for aggressive syncopation, stark unisons, and soaring lyricism. The same bristling excitement recurs in I of the F major and final movements of the A major and B minor. Slow movements give respite from the storm, while bringing on their own kind of passion. The orchestra draws out the beauty in each of these subtleties with perfect skill. They shift with aplomb from one musical affect to another, indulging in the moment with such commitment that it seems as though they are reading each other's minds, and perhaps Bach's as well. The entire program is marvelous.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Queen Elizabeth Hall (01/30/2014).



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien no 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
  • Conductor: Rebecca Miller
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1775-1776

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for strings & continuo in A major (Sei sinfonie no 4), H. 660, Wq. 182/4
  • Conductor: Rebecca Miller
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1773

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for strings & continuo in B minor (Sei sinfonie no 5), H. 661, Wq. 182/5
  • Conductor: Rebecca Miller
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1773

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sinfonias (4), Wq 183
  • Conductor: Rebecca Miller
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1775-1776

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sinfonia in E flat major, Wq 179/H 654
  • Conductor: Rebecca Miller
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1757