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C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos / Nicolas Altstaedt, cello; Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Wq 170/H 432
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 2") in B flat major, H. 436, Wq. 171
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 3") in A major, H. 439, Wq. 172
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Notes & Reviews:

There were few important cello concertos written before the 19th century. These three works by C.P.E. Bach are among the notable exceptions. Their unpredictable and fantastical qualities, which are so fundamental to the music of this composer, are given free rein by cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. He is supported by Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo in performances of astonishing brio.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
Nicolas Altstaedt and the sinewy warmth of his 1760 Gigli are a great fit for this often rather wild music... Arcangelo under Cohen breathe the music, capturing the frequent storminess but also bringing substantial dignity, their zing coming from their actual tone and lucid textural balance... a great listen.

Financial Times, September 2016
Whether intended for cello or harpsichord, these oeuvres are feverishly inventive.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2016
This recording captures all the fiery wit of orchestral-soloist banter.

MusicWeb International, 23rd November 2016
If not the best introduction to CPE Bach, then surely an important part of a good collection of his work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/24/2014-11/26/2014).



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Works Details

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Wq 170/H 432
  • Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/24/2014-11/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1750

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 2") in B flat major, H. 436, Wq. 171
  • Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/24/2014-11/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1751

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for cello, strings & continuo ("No. 3") in A major, H. 439, Wq. 172
  • Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
  • Ensemble: Arcangelo
  • Notes: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London (11/24/2014-11/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1753