C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The vast corpus of music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach remains only sporadically recorded and not really well understood, so the reissue by the Phoenix Edition label of these 1988 recordings from Capriccio is welcome. They're not ideal, marred by harsh, boxy church sound, with less than perfectly silky performances, but the music is worth getting into circulation once again. These symphonies date from the 1770s, during the later part of Bach's career, and in this two-CD set they're in reverse chronological order: the four orchestral symphonies with 12 obbligato parts were published in 1780 in Hamburg, while the the "Six symphonies for strings and continuo" were ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The vast corpus of music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach remains only sporadically recorded and not really well understood, so the reissue by the Phoenix Edition label of these 1988 recordings from Capriccio is welcome. They're not ideal, marred by harsh, boxy church sound, with less than perfectly silky performances, but the music is worth getting into circulation once again. These symphonies date from the 1770s, during the later part of Bach's career, and in this two-CD set they're in reverse chronological order: the four orchestral symphonies with 12 obbligato parts were published in 1780 in Hamburg, while the the "Six symphonies for strings and continuo" were commissioned in 1773 by the same Baron Gottfried van Swieten who stimulated some of Haydn's and Mozart's greatest works. Van Swieten urged Bach to give free rein to his imagination, not worrying about technical problems, and Bach obliged. All the symphonies are cut from the same cloth, with opening movements that careen through a series of unexpected modulations and register shifts, moody slow movements, and brief finales that provide relaxation after the thrills of the first two. The Kammerorchester "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" under Hartmut Haenchen gets the rough, abrupt quality in this music, which over the course of two CDs is absolutely never boring. Any of these works could appear on a standard orchestra program and set the crowd on its ear. Like the rest of Phoenix's series, this is worth seeking out for fans of the Classical period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Phoenix Edition
  • UPC: 811691014432
  • Catalog Number: 443
  • Sales rank: 127,995

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien No. 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (10:48)
  2. 4–6 Symphony for orchestra in E flat major (Orchester-sinfonien No. 2), H. 664, Wq. 183/2 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (9:17)
  3. 7–9 Symphony for orchestra in F major (Orchester-sinfonien No. 3), H. 665, Wq. 183/3 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (9:09)
  4. 10–12 Symphony for orchestra in G major (Orchester-sinfonien No. 4), H. 666, Wq. 183/4 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (10:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Symphony for strings & continuo in G major (Sei sinfonie No. 1), H. 657, Wq. 182/1 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (11:40)
  2. 4–6 Symphony for strings & continuo in B flat major (Sei sinfonie No. 2), H. 658, Wq. 182/2 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (10:44)
  3. 7–9 Symphony for strings & continuo in C major (Sei sinfonie No. 3), H. 659, Wq. 182/3 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (9:30)
  4. 10–12 Symphony for strings & continuo in A major (Sei sinfonie No. 4), H. 660, Wq. 182/4 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (11:42)
  5. 13–15 Symphony for strings & continuo in B minor (Sei sinfonie No. 5), H. 661, Wq. 182/5 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (11:09)
  6. 16–18 Symphony for strings & continuo in E major (Sei sinfonie No. 6), H. 662, Wq. 182/6 - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra (8:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hartmut Haenchen Primary Artist
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