Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788), the second son of JS Bach, was a celebrated figure in his lifetime and is recognised as a crucial figure in the transition from the Baroque to the Classical styles. Mozart, no less, said of him: "He is the father, we are the children.”
Both a composer and an important musical theorist, CPE Bach composed in diverse genres, including keyboard works for both harpsichord and fortepiano, flute sonatas and concertos (written for King Frederick of Prussia), symphonies and choral music. Like his older brother, Wilhelm Friedemann, he was an exponent of Empfindsamkeit (sensibility) or Empfindsamer Stil (sensitive style); this aesthetic, which exploited emotional variety and contrast, became prevalent in Northern German music in the 18th century.
This collection features some of the most renowned and influential figures in historically informed performance, including Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, Bob van Asperen, Philippe Herreweghe, Anner Bylsma and Alan Curtis, whose recording of the Rondos for fortepiano appears on CD for the first time.
CD1 Symphonies Wq183, Wq182 No5 / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Gustav Leonhardt
CD2 Oboe Concertos Wq 164, 165, Oboe Sonata Wq135 / Ku Ebbinge - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Ton Koopman
CD3 Flute Concertos Wq 167, 168, Harpsichord Concerto Wq425 / ABO - Ton Koopman
CD4 Flute Concertos Wq 166, 169, Double Concerto Wq408 / ABO - Ton Koopman
CD5 Cello Concertos 1–3 / Anner Bylsma - OAE - Gustav Leonhardt
CD6–7 Six Hamburg Concertos / Bob van Asperen - Melante Amsterdam
CD8–10 Prussian and Württemburg Sonatas / Bob van Asperen
CD11 Rondos for Forte-piano / Alan Curtis
CD12 Organ Sonatas / Herbert Tachezi
CD13 Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu / Collegium Vocale Gent - OAE - Philippe Herreweghe