[ Signum / 3 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 11 October 2019
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"Trills glisten over Waley-Cohen, the perfect partner to transform this into bowed song. Waley-Cohen's achievement of pure legato is wondrous" Gramophone Magazine December 2019 Editor's Choice
Born in Weimar, Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-88) was the fifth child and second surviving son of JS Bach and his first wife Maria Barbara. By his own account he had no other teacher for composition and keyboard except his father. Nevertheless, the majority of Emanuel's earliest works owe more to the influence of Telemann and other exponents of the new galant style, while already suggesting his own progressive instinct. At the age of twenty-four, after seven years studying law, Emanuel decided to devote himself to music. In 1738 he accepted the position of keyboard player at the court of the Prussian crown prince - the future Frederick the Great. After nearly thirty years of royal service he left Berlin and moved to Hamburg, where he occupied the positions of Music Director and Cantor until his death.
Described by the Guardian as a performer of "fearless intensity", former ECHO Rising Star Tamsin Waley-Cohen has established herself as one of the most insightful and versatile young British violinists.
Described by The Daily Telegraph as 'in a class of his own' James Baillieu has been the prize-winner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition, Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions. He plays these C.P.E. Bach compositions on a modern piano.
"What we discover - immediately and sustained for 153 minutes and 12 seconds - is that CPE not only does justice to his father but also is a superb composer in his own right. [Baillieu's] lines are full of breath, intimate and expansive, shaped with a microscopic sensitivity. Trills glisten over Waley-Cohen, the perfect partner to transform this into bowed song. Waley-Cohen's achievement of pure legato is wondrous" Gramophone Magazine December 2019 Editor's Choice
"Sparkling performances of music which spans almost the entirety of Emanuel Bach's working life…Tamsin Waley-Cohen and James Baillieu embrace this personal idiom with stylistic aplomb and an unfailing ability to project with tenderness the lyricism of slow movements." BBC Music
"This is a great find: all eight of CPE Bach's original sonatas for violin and piano in a single release, and a couple of separate pieces. This is a very good recording. The exquisite playing of Tamsin Waley-Cohen and James Baillieu is blessed with a nice acoustic and excellent recorded sound." MusicWeb
Violin Sonata in D major Wq. 71
1. Adagio man non tano
4. Menuets 1 & 2
Violin Sonata in D minor Wq. 72
5. Adagio ma non troppo
Violin Sonata in C major Wq. 73
8. Allegro di molto
Violin Sonata in D major Wq. 74
13. Tempo di Minuetto
Violin Sonata in F major Wq. 75
Violin Sonata in B minor Wq. 76
4. Allegro Moderato
5. Poco Andante
6. Allegretto Siciliano
Violin Sonata in B flat major Wq. 77
7. Allegro di molto
Violin Sonata in C minor Wq. 78
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio ma non troppo
4. Arioso con variazioni in A major Wq. 79
5. Fantasia in F sharp minor Wq. 80