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C.P.E. Bach: Cantatas for Hamburg / Haselböck, et al

Album Summary

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Mache dich auf, werde Licht, H 821h
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Danket dem Herrn, H 824e
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 1768, a few weeks after his 54th birthday, C.P.E. Bach left Berlin. He had served as harpsichordist for almost 30 years in Frederick II's Court Orchestra, and after many hardships brought about by politics (i.e., wars, etc.), Bach found the opportunity to improve his financial position and take on more artistic responsibilities. Georg Philipp Telemann had died that year, leaving vacant the post of Music Director in Hamburg, which Bach, Telemann's godson, quickly filled. Hamburg was one of the largest and richest cities in Germany, and one of the most important centers of the German Enlightenment. Bach's new tasks were many and varied: he was responsible for the music in no less than five churches. He was engaged as a teacher at the Johanneum grammar school, and was called upon to compose music for municipal purposes. The two cantatas, recorded here for the first time, were written for sacred celebrations outside regular church services. The first work was heard at the induction of a new minister. According to Bach's widow, the second work was a "hymn of thanks for friendship, a birthday composition," although no definite record exists of the recipient of such a grand gesture. C.P.E. Bach's cantatas trace, as it were, the resume of the history of the Protestant church cantata.



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>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Mache dich auf, werde Licht, H 821h
  • Performers: Simone Kermes (Soprano); Klaus Mertens (Bass Baritone); Markus Schäfer (Tenor); Lydia Vierlinger (Alto)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Vienna Academy
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1777
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Danket dem Herrn, H 824e
  • Performers: Simone Kermes (Soprano); Klaus Mertens (Bass Baritone); Markus Schäfer (Tenor); Lydia Vierlinger (Alto)
  • Conductor: Martin Haselböck
  • Ensemble: Vienna Academy
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1785
  • Studio/Live: Studio