CPE Bach: Symphonies & Concertos

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CPE Bach: Symphonies & Concertos
Raphael Alpermann (cemb) Peter Bruns (cello) / Akademie fAr Alte Musik Berlin

[ Harmonia Mundi Gold / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 25 March 2008

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"This is playing to take the breath away."

"This is playing to take the breath away."
International Record Review April 2001

"The sheer sound of the AAMB is itself worth comment, for there is an impressive depth founded on a sonorous and clearly etched bass line, and warm but beautifully articulated playing from the upper strings."
- Fanfare

"I defy even the most hardened Period Instrument rejectionist to resist the power and brilliance of these players."
- American Record Guide

Classics Today Winner 2002 Cannes Classical Award: 18th Century

At the end of the 18th century, the most famous member of the Bach family was not Johann Sebastian, but his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel! This prominent representative of the school of German, and more especially Prussian composers, a pioneer of Empfindsamkeit (the cult of "sensibility"), was prized above all for what his contemporaries termed his "originality" - by which they meant the sovereign ease with which he forged his own style. To understand this, one need only listen to the nine symphonies from his Berlin period, whose radical departure from traditional forms symbolises a stylistic revolution in itself. As for his innovative treatment of the concerto, which overturns all the principles of symmetry so dear to Baroque composers, it seems already to prefigure Romanticism.


Symphonie Wq 179
Concerto pour clavecin, cordes et basse continue Wq 20
Symphonie Wq 178
Concerto pour violoncelle, cordes et basse continue en la mineur Wq 170
Symphonie Wq 173