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C.P.E. Bach: Keyboard Sonatas / Danny Driver

Bach,C.p.e. / Driver
Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67786   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Danny Driver
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Single-disc collections of C.P.E. Bach sonatas are still comparatively rare, let alone new releases coming from pianists. This is odd: the music is quite wonderful--quirky, affecting, and always a joy to hear--and the piano was, along with the clavichord, Bach's preferred instrument. Certainly these sonatas sound demonstrably better under Danny Driver's capable fingers than they do coming from any harpsichord player. The reason is simple: dynamics. Driver understands (and generously observes) Bach's often surprisingly elaborate dynamic indications, and the resultant variety of touch and timbre gives this music the expressive dimension that it really requires. At the same time, Driver also knows how to inflect a phrase without losing the Read more pulse or turning this already eruptive and sometimes disjunctive music into a collection of seemingly unrelated gestures.

Highlights are too numerous to mention. Bach in minor keys is always remarkable--often shockingly emotional--and there are examples of this aplenty in the G minor and C minor sonatas. But all of the slow movements are affecting, and there's much more to this music than Sturm und Drang. Several of the finales, that of the B-flat major sonata in particular, clearly prefigure Haydn in their adventurous syncopations and wacky humor. Haydn himself acknowledged the influence, but few instances reveal themselves as clearly as in this example. So by all means do sample this delightful recording of music that deserves far more exposure than it gets.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata in G minor 3, Wq 65/17 (H47) by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Danny Driver (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1746 
2. Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Wq 48: no 6 in A/H 29 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Danny Driver (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1740-1742; Berlin, Germany 
3. Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Wq 48: no 2 in Bb/H 25 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Danny Driver (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1740; Berlin, Germany 
4. Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Wq 48: no 4 in c/H 27 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Danny Driver (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1740-1742; Berlin, Germany 
5. Sonata for Keyboard in E flat major, Wq 52 no 1/H 50 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Danny Driver (Piano)
Period: Classical 

Customer Reviews

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 Wonderful Music Beautifully Played January 10, 2013 By Peter K. (Fort Collins, CO) See All My Reviews "I ordered this CD and its companion after listening to some of the samples and being intrigued by them. I love Bach and Haydn, and hoped C.P.E. Bach would combine some of the best qualities of both. I discovered that he is a musical genius in his own right, and as the excellent article by Leta Miller in the accompanying booklet makes clear, a very important keyboard innovator. We have on this CD three of the six "Prussian Sonatas" of 1742, which she notes so entranced Haydn that he didn't leave the keyboard until he had played them all through. Danny Driver is a superb pianist who renders these works with great flair. I highly recommend his two CDs of C.P.E. Bach, and only wish he would record more." Report Abuse
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