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C.P.E. Bach - Keyboard Concertos, Vol.20

Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Performer Cristiano Holtz
Miklós Spányi
Tamas Szekendy
Concerto Armonico
Peter Szüts, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1967 CD
EAN 7318590019672
Format CD
Release date Jan 2014
Total time 59'48

Final disc in the series


With this disc, Miklós Spányi’s survey of the complete keyboard concertos of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, begun in 1995, reaches its conclusion. But over the years it has already been described as ‘a unique monument to one of the 18th century's most underrated composers’ (Gramophone) as well as ‘one of the most important and monumental recording projects of the century so far’ (MusicWeb International) and ‘an epoch-making achievement… in the history of recorded music’ ( Together, the 64 works – composed over a period of fifty-five years (1733-88) – form an endlessly fascinating picture of their composer’s various choices made in the course of a long career. They also illustrate the development of the concerto genre, and, indeed, of music itself during the mid-eighteenth century – a period of experimentation and great variety. All of these aspects are explored in an admirable fashion in the liner notes to the various discs, written by the C.P.E. Bach scholars Jane R. Stevens and Darrell M. Berg. Throughout the series, Miklós Spányi has performed the solo parts on harpsichord, fortepiano and tangent piano, carefully explaining his choices in his own remarks to each volume, and thereby providing much insight into a crucial chapter in the development of the keyboard instruments. The two double concertos on this final volume frame most of Bach’s career, with the F major work for two harpsichords hailing from 1740 and the Concerto in E flat major being the fruit of the composer’s final year. The latter work is intriguing in that Bach in his score specified that the solo parts should be performed on a harpsichord and a fortepiano respectively, resulting in some fascinating sound effects. The disc ends with a Sonatina for two harpsichords, composed in the 1760s, and remarkable for the size of its orchestra: the work employs the largest forces ever used by Bach, and forms a suitably resplendent finale to this great recording project.
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  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  Concerto in E flat major, Wq47 (H 479) 18'25
01 I. Allegro di molto 7'40
02 II. Larghetto 5'43
03 III. Presto 5'02
  Concerto in F major, Wq46 (H 408) 24'56
04 I. Allegro 10'46
05 II. Largo 8'03
06 III. Allegro assai 6'07
  Sonatina in D major, Wq109 (H 543) 15'04
07 Presto 0'44
08 Arioso 2'26
09 Ein wenig lebhafter 1'00
10 Presto 0'43
11 Arioso 2'55
12 Tempo di minuetto 2'37
13 Allegro 1'16
14 Tempo di minuetto 3'23
  Album total 59'48
ComposerBach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
EnsembleConcerto Armonico
HarpsichordHoltz, Cristiano
Spányi, Miklós
FortepianoSzekendy, Tamas
ConductorSzüts, Peter

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