C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas and Rondos

C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas and Rondos

by Mikhail PletnevMikhail Pletnev


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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was the most talented of Johann Sebastian's many sons -- a composer of striking individuality, expressive intensity, and sharp wit. Johann Christian may have seemed more "modern" in his day, but today it is C.P.E.'s music that retains the capacity to startle. Take the stark opening of the Sonata in C Minor (c. 1757), for example, which looks forward to the dramatic concision of Beethoven's early style. And when it's played on a piano instead of a harpsichord, the music's almost romantic temperament is emphasized, especially in this deeply-felt performance by Mikhail Pletnev. Pletnev is very free with tempo and plays with a wide range of color -- as in his award-winning recording of Scarlatti sonatas -- but he also manages to respect the intimate scale of these pieces. C.P.E. was a great virtuoso himself, and the Russian pianist clearly enjoys the music's flash as well as its profundity. If you have not yet discovered the genius of C.P.E., you are in for a treat; if you are already a convert, this disc is not to be missed.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2002
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028945961422
catalogNumber: 459614
Rank: 108237


  1. Sonata for keyboard in G minor, H. 47, Wq. 65/17
  2. Rondo, for keyboard No. 1 in A major (Kenner IV/1), H. 276, Wq. 58/1
  3. Sonata for keyboard in C minor, H. 121, Wq. 65/31
  4. Sonata for keyboard in D major (Kenner VI/2), H. 286, Wq. 61/2
  5. Sonata for keyboard in F sharp minor (Zweyte Forsetzung No. 4), H. 37, Wq. 52/4
  6. Rondo, for keyboard No. 2 in D minor (Kenner VI/4), H. 290, Wq. 61/4
  7. Sonata for keyboard in G major, H. 119, Wq. 62/19
  8. Rondo, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor (Kenner V/4), H. 283, Wq. 59/4
  9. Sonata for keyboard in E minor (Kenner V/1), H. 281, Wq. 59/1
  10. Sonata for keyboard in A major, H. 135, Wq. 65/32: Andante con tenerezza

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