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C. P. E. & W. F. Bach: Concertos for 2 Harpsichords / Staier, Hill


Release Date: 12/29/2009 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 419256   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel BachWilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Robert HillAndreas Staier
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Performances of rarely recorded works that are full of precision, life and loving care.

It was the Bachs who launched the harpsichord on its career as a concerto soloist and the sons did not wait to follow in father's wake; the first of Carl Philipp Emanuel's 52 concertos, spanning more than 50 years, probably just predates the first of JSB's. Neither did they pursue the practice of having more than two soloists. In his F major Concerto (the numbering of which differs from that given in Grove: H410, Wq46) CPE accepts the formal plan of the ritornello but not the concept of its unity of thematic mood; he introduces a diversity that is more like that of the exposition in sonata form—though the resemblance ends there, and
Read more the element of contrast is maintained in the 'solo' episodes, not derived from the ritornello material. The elegiac slow movement (Largo e con sordino) is a gem, with sighing appoggiaturas and 'operatic' halts and hesitations, of which JSB himself might well have been proud. After so much pathos (10 minutes) the briefer, happy and brilliantly scored Allegro assai provides the necessary counterbalance. This work alone is worth the price of the record.

Wilhelm Friedemann also joins baroque and classical approaches, though not within any one movement, in his two concertos for two harpsichords—with and 'without' orchestra: the central movement or FlO, written for the soloists alone, is self-sufficient in the same way as is JSB's Italian Concerto, as is also the final movement of F46, a work whose first movement changes thematic mood in a way that JSB's never did. More conservative than CPE (who in his Concerto provides no shocks to the system), WF nevertheless beguiles and captures one's attention. The performances of these otherwise unrecorded works are full of precision, life and loving care, and they are exceptionally well recorded and balanced. This is a most worthwhile and desirable issue.

-- Gramophone [2/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in F major, Wq 46/H 408 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Robert Hill (Harpsichord), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: 1740; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne 
Length: 23 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in E major, F 46 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Robert Hill (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne 
Length: 15 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords solo in F major, F 10 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Robert Hill (Harpsichord), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1773; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne 
Length: 16 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Familar Emanuel but "new" Friedemann May 5, 2014 By Douglas Miller MD (Columbia, MO) See All My Reviews "I bought this CD knowing that I owned other performances of the works by Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The performances here are very good, I don't regret having these "extras". The main reason to buy the CD was that I didn't have the pieces by Wilhelm Friedemann, and these turn out to be adventurous and interesting, as is so much of his music. I highly recommend this disc." Report Abuse
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