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C.P.E. Bach: The Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 29 - 'Zweyte Fortsetzung' Sonatas Nos. 4-6 / Miklós Spányi, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor (Zweyte Forsetzung no 4), H. 37, Wq. 52/4
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E minor (Zweyte Forsetzung no 5), H. 161, Wq. 52/5
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E minor (Zweyte Forsetzung no 6), H. 129, Wq. 52/6
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C major, H. 248, Wq. 65/47
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C minor, H. 298, Wq. 65/49
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Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, 27th March 2015
Mikl=s Spßnyi's choice of instruments makes this series so enjoyable. Whether it be fortepiano, tangent piano, or Emanuel's favourite instrument, the clavichord, Spßnyi has the ability to bring this beautiful music to life...This is an excellent disc.

With this disc, Miklós Spányi completes C.P.E. Bach's set of 'Zweyte Fortsetzung' Sonatas, in itself a continuation of two previous sets (Wq 50 and 51). The composer himself clearly regarded the 18 sonatas of these sets as a major achievement. All of them are substantial works but the three included here might be considered the most diverse and original of the entire series. Bach assembled the Wq 52 set for publication in 1763 but Sonata No. 4 had in fact been composed twenty years earlier, while No. 5 and No. 6 are of a later date. Together the three works exhibit Bach's inexhaustible technique of varying melodies and textures, but they also display new structures and harmonic adventures. Following them on this disc are two of C.P.E. Bach's last compositions in the sonata genre, composed after he had left his post at the court of Frederick the Great in Berlin to take up that of Director of Music in Hamburg. Although Bach at this time more and more often performed on the fortepiano, he still favoured the clavichord, and as late as 1786, when the Sonata in C minor, Wq 65/49 was completed, he specified the use of the clavichord vibrato known as Bebung in the manuscript score. Throughout this series, Miklós Spányi has often opted for a clavichord - a copy of a rather late eighteenth-century instrument, built in the Silbermann tradition reaching back to some fifty years earlier. This choice has endeared him to many clavichord lovers, including the reviewer in BBC Music Magazine who about an earlier volume wrote: 'Spányi's ultra-sensitive touch adds magic on this delicate instrument. Gentle tonal subtlety provides rich rewards.'

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
Spßnyi is, as ever, a fastidious player, keenly attuned to Bach's particular brand of Empfindsamkeit, especially in the quasi-improvisatory slow movements.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This concludes Spanyi's survey of six sonatas published in 1763 and includes two other sonatas available only in manuscript. The sound is exquisite and the interpretations are poised and authoritative.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal (07/2013).



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor (Zweyte Forsetzung no 4), H. 37, Wq. 52/4
  • Performer: Miklos Spanyi (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1744

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E minor (Zweyte Forsetzung no 5), H. 161, Wq. 52/5
  • Performer: Miklos Spanyi (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1762

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in E minor (Zweyte Forsetzung no 6), H. 129, Wq. 52/6
  • Performer: Miklos Spanyi (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1758

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C major, H. 248, Wq. 65/47
  • Performer: Miklos Spanyi (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1775

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for keyboard in C minor, H. 298, Wq. 65/49
  • Performer: Miklos Spanyi (Clavichord)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786