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C.P.E. Bach - Solo Keyboard Music, Vol.37

Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Performer Miklós Spányi
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2331 CD
EAN 7318590023310
Format CD
Release date Jan 2019
Total time 77'53


Described in Gramophone as ‘one of the most needed and important recording projects in progress today’, this series has up until now featured the clavichord (on 27 discs), the tangent piano (7 discs) and the fortepiano (2 discs). It is therefore something of an occasion when Miklós Spányi for his Volume 37 chooses to perform on a harpsichord.&&& In doing so he reminds us of C.P.E. Bach’s own advice to keyboard players to have both a clavichord and a harpsichord in order to play ‘all sorts of things alternating’ (‘allerley Sachen abwechselnd’). But the disc – which includes some of the composer’s earliest works – also features one of the very few, if not the only, compositions that Bach specifically dedicated to the harpsichord, namely the Sonata per il cembalo a 2 tastature. In it, Bach makes colourful use of the instrument by specifying various detailed and idiosyncratic harpsichord registrations. Spányi also performs two of the few fugues – in F and A major respectively – that Carl Philipp composed: besides the general shift in fashion away from intricate counterpoint to melodic simplicity, it is possible that he found father Johann Sebastian’s achievements in that particular genre too hard an act to follow…
 
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  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  Minuet in C major with 5 Variations, Wq 118/3 (H 44) 7'02
01 Minuet 1'15
02 Variation 1 1'08
03 Variation 2 1'06
04 Variation 3 1'05
05 Variation 4 1'07
06 Variation 5 1'21
 
07 Fugue in F major, Wq 119/3 (H 100) 4'26
 
08 Andante in A minor 1'31
 
09 Fugue in A major, Wq 119/4 (H 101.5) 5'44
 
  Sonata in G major, Wq 65/15 (H 43) 14'21
10 1. Allegro 6'41
11 2. Largo 3'51
12 III. Prestissimo 3'49
 
  Arioso in F major with 7 Variations, Wq 118/4 (H 54) 9'58
13 Arioso 1'25
14 Variation 1 1'19
15 Variation 2 0'59
16 Variation 3 1'03
17 Variation 4 1'22
18 Variation 5 1'08
19 Variation 6 1'08
20 Variation 7 1'34
 
  Sonata in F major, Wq 65/18 (H 48) 10'07
21 1. Allegro 5'44
22 II. Andante 2'15
23 III. Presto 2'08
 
24 Larghetto in B flat major 3'49
 
  Sonata per il cembalo a 2 tastature in D minor, Wq 69 (H 53) 20'36
25 I. Allegro 6'07
26 II. Andante 3'33
27 III. Allegretto con variazioni 1'08
28 Variation 1 1'05
29 Variation 2 1'01
30 Variation 3 0'48
31 Variation 4 0'59
32 Variation 5 1'03
33 Variation 6 1'01
34 Variation 7 1'01
35 Variation 8 1'01
36 Variation 9 1'49
 
  Album total 77'53
ComposerBach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
HarpsichordSpányi, Miklós

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