C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos (2001)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Symphonies & Concertos in Harmonia Mundi's HM Gold series is a reissue of one among a pair of excellent C.P.E. Bach discs ... Show synopsis Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Symphonies & Concertos in Harmonia Mundi's HM Gold series is a reissue of one among a pair of excellent C.P.E. Bach discs by the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, in the late '90s. To be fair, of the two this is probably the lesser release, although that's not by very much; one wishes Raphael Alpermann's harpsichord concerto was a little louder in the Concerto in C major H. 654/Wq. 20, but that's about the only inequity between this and the other disc. The HM Gold contains this concerto along with the "first" cello concerto and three additional symphonies; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin handles all of these works with an unbridled, no- holds-barred exposition of this Bach's sense of aggression and otherness, yet with crisp, precise playing that remains exceptional in its energy and drive. Bach's stormy Symphony in E minor H. 653/Wq. 178, is a particular standout owing to the stirring and well-intoned playing of the Akademie's period brass. The music is compelling, exciting,...
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