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C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas; Clavierstücke

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This album is part of a series, released on the Capriccio label in 1991 and devoted to the keyboard music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. It was reissued on Phoenix Edition in 2011, by which time there were still very few choices for most of the music. Consider the two sets of Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke Short and Easy Keyboard Pieces recorded here. Student works, they represent C.P.E. Bach's musical thinking in miniature structures in some cases just a few seconds long. They're consistently intriguing. Various keyboardists are represented in the series; this one features Britain's Linda Nicholson playing a clavichord. That's an attraction in itself. The clavichord was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This album is part of a series, released on the Capriccio label in 1991 and devoted to the keyboard music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. It was reissued on Phoenix Edition in 2011, by which time there were still very few choices for most of the music. Consider the two sets of Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke Short and Easy Keyboard Pieces recorded here. Student works, they represent C.P.E. Bach's musical thinking in miniature structures in some cases just a few seconds long. They're consistently intriguing. Various keyboardists are represented in the series; this one features Britain's Linda Nicholson playing a clavichord. That's an attraction in itself. The clavichord was quite common as a domestic instrument, and when one is used for sonatas like the three C.P.E. Bach works included here, there's no need to try to explain the dynamic markings that sometimes appear in his music, for the clavichord, unlike the harpsichord, was capable of dynamic gradations. Nicholson doesn't stint in applying them, favoring heavy left-hand chords that make the music seem even choppier and quirkier than in other readings. Yet the small Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke included 21 of them in all make quite clear the degree to which these qualities were basic to C.P.E.'s language. The "Keyboard Sonata in D minor, Wq 50/4," is a good example of the composer's Sturm und Drang idiom, and it is here where Nicholson's approach is at its strongest. Recommended, especially for those who have never heard music of this period played on a clavichord; even some of Mozart's early keyboard pieces benefit from being performed this way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Phoenix Edition
  • UPC: 811691014517
  • Catalog Number: 451
  • Sales rank: 296,815

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Sonata for keyboard in A minor (Reprisen Sonaten No. 3), H. 138, Wq. 50/3 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (10:24)
  2. 4–6 Sonata for keyboard in G major (Reprisen Sonaten No. 2), H. 137, Wq. 50/2 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (11:20)
  3. 7–9 Sonata for keyboard in D minor (Reprisen Sonaten No. 4), H. 139, Wq. 50/4 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (11:35)
  4. 8 Allegro, for keyboard in G major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/1), H. 193, Wq. 113/1 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (0:57)
  5. 9 Arioso, for keyboard in A minor (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/2), H. 194, Wq. 113/2 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:05)
  6. 10 Fantasia, for keyboard in D minor (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/3), H. 195, Wq. 113/3 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (0:22)
  7. 11 Minuetto I-II, for keyboard in A major, H. 169, Wq. 112/16 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (2:51)
  8. 12 Alla polacca, for keyboard in C major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/5), H. 197, Wq. 113/5 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:24)
  9. 13 Allegretto, for keyboard in D major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/6), H. 198, Wq. 113/6 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (0:58)
  10. 14 Alla polacca, for keyboard in D major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/7), H. 199, Wq. 113/7 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:18)
  11. 15 Allegretto, for keyboard in A major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/8), H. 200, Wq. 113/8 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:07)
  12. 16 Andante e sostenuto, for keyboard in G minor (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/9), H. 201, Wq. 113/9 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:19)
  13. 17 Presto, for keyboard in B flat major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/10), H. 202, Wq. 113/10 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (0:41)
  14. 18 Allegro, for keyboard in D minor (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke I/11), H. 203, Wq. 113/11 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:11)
  15. 19 Allegro di molto, for keyboard in F major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/1), H. 228, Wq. 114/1 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (0:36)
  16. 20 Andantino e grazioso, for keyboard in B flat major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/2), H. 229, Wq. 114/2 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (2:13)
  17. 21 Presto, for keyboard in C minor (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/3), H. 230, Wq. 114/3 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:07)
  18. 22 Minuetto I-II, for keyboard in G major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/4), H. 231, Wq. 114/4 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (2:49)
  19. 23 Alla polacca, for keyboard in D major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/5), H. 232, Wq. 114/5 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (0:59)
  20. 24 Alla polacca, for keyboard in E flat major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/6), H. 233, Wq. 114/6 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:40)
  21. 25 Fantasia, for keyboard in D minor (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/7), H. 234, Wq. 114/7 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:08)
  22. 26 Allegro, for keyboard in E major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/8), H. 235, Wq. 114/8 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:06)
  23. 27 Mass for 4 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, BWV 236 (BC E4) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (2:02)
  24. 28 Andante, for keyboard in C major (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/10), H. 237, Wq. 114/10 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:28)
  25. 29 Poco allegro, for keyboard in E minor (Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke II/11), H. 238, Wq. 114/11 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Klaus L. Neumann (1:10)
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Performance Credits
Linda Nicholson Primary Artist
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