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C.P.E. Bach - Solo Keyboard Music, Vol.23

Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Performer Miklós Spányi
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1763 CD
EAN 7318590017630
Format CD
Release date Nov 2011
Total time 63'52

In his acclaimed series of C.P.E. Bach's music for solo keyboard, Miklós Spányi has constructed a programme consisting of four sonatas from the 1750's, including the closing Sonata in A major (Wq65/32), described by Dr. Darrell M. Berg in her liner notes as one of Bach’s most graceful works for keyboard. The sonatas are interspersed with a number of shorter pieces: Solfeggios and Fantasias composed mainly to be used in the teaching of Bach's own students, which included members of the nobility, as well as aspiring professional musicians such as his younger brother Johann Christian. But although they are didactic pieces they are also imbued with the ingenuity of their maker, and testify to Bach’s ability to create something original and beautiful within the time-span of one minute or less. Particularly interesting is the Fantasia in D major, Wq117/14, an example of Bach's ‘free fantasias’ which is completely unmeasured, requiring the performer to devise his or her own appropriate rhythm in the style of an improvisation. Reviewers of previous discs in this series have remarked on Miklós Spányi's approach to the rhythmical aspects of Bach's music, most recently in International Record Guide: 'Anyone expecting a chaste, Dresden-china simplicity is in for a culture schock as Spányi probes beneath the surface of Bach's highly articulate musical surfaces with a temporal plasticity that creates the impression of living, breathing musical organisms.'
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  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
01 Clavierstuck fur die rechte oder linke Hand allein, Wq. 117/1, H. 241 2'30
02 Fantasia No. 2 in D minor, Wq. 117/12, H. 224 0'34
  Keyboard Sonata in G major, Wq. 62/11, H. 63 11'07
03 I. Allegretto 7'00
04 II. Andante 2'22
05 III. Allegro 1'45
06 Fugue a 2 in D minor, Wq. 119/2, H. 99 3'17
07 Fantasia No. 1 in G major, Wq. 117/11, H. 223 0'48
  Keyboard Sonata in G major, Wq. 62/14, H. 77 7'50
08 I. — 3'39
09 II. — 1'35
10 III. — 2'36
11 Fantasia in D major, Wq. 117/14, H. 160 3'22
12 Solfeggio No. 2 in A major, Wq. 117/4, H. 222 0'42
  Keyboard Sonata in C minor, Wq. 65/31, H. 121 13'24
13 I. Allegro assai ma pomposo 4'55
14 II. Andantino 3'23
15 III. Allegro scherzando 5'06
16 Solfeggio No. 2 in E flat major, Wq. 117/3, H. 221 0'45
17 Solfeggio No. 1 in C minor, Wq. 117/2, H. 220 1'04
  Keyboard Sonata in A major, Wq. 65/32, H. 135 16'06
18 I. Allegro 7'32
19 II. Andante con tenerezza 4'44
20 III. Allegretto 3'50
  Album total 63'52
ComposerBach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
ClavichordSpányi, Miklós

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