Despite the C.P.E. Bach fest that surrounded the tercentenary of his birth being long over we are still seeing a wealth of new and most welcome recordings. This new recording is no exception, and long may they keep appearing.
Andrea Coen is a name new to me, but on this showing he is a man of great skill and interpretive ability. He beautifully phrases passages to get the best out of this music. His mastery of control is Les Folies D’Espagne Wq118/9 (H263), which was new to me, is wonderful. He weaves through the theme and each of the twelve variations effortlessly drawing out every nuance of the music. Similarly with the Minuet in G Wq118/7 (H14) by Pietro Locatelli, here Bach takes the theme from the final movement ofRead more Locatelli’s Sonata Op. 2 No. 10 and adds a myriad of colour in a series of twenty-one variations. Here Coen once again shows his ability to show the full depth of musical color of these short pieces. Indeed Coen makes this set one of real interest and one which I didn’t tire of. I found it easy to listen through both discs in one sitting without losing interest in the music or the performance. Coen’s choice of instrument has a lot to do with this, a copy of a 1749 instrument by Silbermann which gives just the right depth to the music without being as overpowering as some later pianos would be.
The recorded sound is excellent, as are the booklet notes. This is a set of real interest and appeal - a must for all devotees of C.P.E. Bach’s wonderful music; all the better for presenting the complete variations in a single 2 CD set.
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Lively and tasteful performancesJuly 15, 2016By Douglas Miller (Columbia, MO)See All My Reviews"Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach was a highly original composer in the great transition between the High Baroque of his father and the High Classical period of Mozart and Haydn, and these variations are full of the abrupt changes in tempo, modulations through multiple keys, and highly expressive emotional writing that made him the best known Bach on the European continent even before the "old man" died. The performances here are true to the adventurous spirit of the composer, and make excellent listening."Report Abuse
LightheartedJuly 6, 2016By K. Sagmiller (Poulsbo, WA)See All My Reviews"This Bach collection is of pleasing, quality sound. Helps to lighten the spirit of serious thinking. Thank you Arkiv, for your many selections of classics to choose from."Report Abuse