WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for Public Radio Market!

C.p.e. Bach: Sonatas & Rondos / Mikhail Pletnev


Release Date: 01/08/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459614   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews


Anyone who has heard Mikhail Pletnev's Scarlatti knows that he has a real feel for the improvisatory element in Baroque and pre-Classical music, and no one was more improvisatory, capricious, and emotionally extravagant than C.P.E. Bach. Play him straight, and his keyboard music risks sounding perilously thin and disjointed. Give his music the measure of fantasy it demands, as here, and the result is pure jazz--"Baroque blues" really is an accurate description of C.P.E. Bach's special sound world. In any performance of these works, timing is a critical element. Pletnev understands this, phrasing the abrupt runs and turns that constitute the first movement of the G minor sonata in a way
Read more that carries over the numerous pauses and relates them to the larger whole. He does this not by smoothing over textures or by underplaying harmonic or dynamic contrasts, but by highlighting them wherever possible. The result is a tantalizing "guess what happens next" invitation to some delightful listening.


It should be obvious from the foregoing that Pletnev never tries to imitate the sound of the harpsichord or fortepiano, but calls upon the full resources of his instrument to bring each work to life and maximize sectional variety (perhaps the single most important element in the three rondos included in this collection). In the F-sharp minor sonata his remarkably independent left hand underlines every harmonic twist and turn, and his romp through the syncopations that characterize the tiny D major sonata overflows with energy and character. In slow movements, the emotional heart of these works, Pletnev never lets the music drag. He brings an operatic eloquence to the recitative-like sequences that often comprise their principal thematic material and underlines their expressiveness with a wonderfully fluid freedom of phrasing and subtle use of dynamics. In short, the music really speaks. Pellucid sonics and a rich, singing tone that never becomes harsh or brittle cap a release that's simply outstanding in every way. On a non-musical subject, the cover features a hideous, deathly pale picture of a piece of Pletnev's face. Someone was paid for this?
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata in G minor 3, Wq 65/17 (H47) by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1746 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2. Rondo for Keyboard in A major, Wq 58 no 1/H 276 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Keyboard in C minor, Wq 65 no 31/H 121 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1757 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Keyboard in D major, Wq 61 no 2/H 286 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Keyboard in F sharp minor, Wq 52 no 4/H 37 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1744 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6. Rondo for Keyboard in D minor, Wq 61 no 4/H 290 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Keyboard in G major, Wq 62 no 19/H 119 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1757; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8. Rondo for Keyboard in C minor, Wq 59 no 4/H 283 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Keyboard in E minor, Wq 59 no 1/H 281 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10. Sonata for Keyboard in A major, Wq 65 no 32/H 133: 2nd movement, Andante con tenerezza by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1758 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata in G minor, Wq.65/17: 1. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata in G minor, Wq.65/17: 2. Adagio
Sonata in G minor, Wq.65/17: 3. Allegro assai
Rondo I in A major, Wq.58
Sonata in C minor, Wq.65/31: 1. Allegro assai ma pomposo
Sonata in C minor, Wq.65/31: 2. [Andantino patetico]
Sonata in C minor, Wq.65/31: 3. Allegro scherzando
Sonata I in D major, Wq.61/6,1: 1. Allegro di molto
Sonata I in D major, Wq.61/6,1: 2. Allegretto
Sonata I in D major, Wq.61/6,1: 3. Presto di molto
Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq.52/4: 1. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq.52/4: 2. Poco Andante
Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq.52/4: 3. Presto di molto
Rondo II in D minor, Wq.61/6,2
Sonata in G major, Wq.62/19: 1. Allegro assai
Sonata in G major, Wq.62/19: 2. Andante
Sonata in G major, Wq.62/19: 3. Presto
Rondo II in C minor, Wq.59/5,2
Sonata I in E minor, Wq.59/5,1: 1. Presto
Sonata I in E minor, Wq.59/5,1: 2. Adagio
Sonata I in E minor, Wq.59/5,1: 3. Andantino
Sonata in A major, Wq.65/32: 2. Andante tenerezza

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook