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C.P.E. Bach: Piano Concertos / Rische, Schuldt-Jensen, Leipzig CO

Bach,C.p.e. / Schuldt-jensen / Rische
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98639   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Michael Rische
Conductor:  Morten Schuldt-Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


It's simply wonderful to hear this music played on C.P.E. Bach's preferred instrument: the piano. The high level of contrast embodied in all of his music, and most particularly the carefully indicated dynamics (as soloist Michael Rische points out in his booklet notes), are simply impossible to realize on the harpsichord--indeed, possibly on any of the instruments readily available in Bach's own time. In this sense he truly was forward-looking, and while there are some excellent recordings on period instruments (including BIS's ongoing complete edition), there's no question that the music comes to life more effectively on a modern piano.

The performances here are full of the
Read more enthusiasm of a new discovery. The minor-key concertos are marked by many of those eruptive gestures that make Emmanuel Bach's music so distinctive: abrupt pauses, strongly accented rhythms, tangy dissonance, and huge intervallic leaps. Rische relishes the music's quirkiness without letting it fall apart into a series of disconnected fragments (another advantage, by the way, of using a modern instrument with its superior sustaining power). The Concerto in C major, for piano solo, is particularly remarkable--a virtuoso display piece full of arresting ideas, with a profound central Largo that Rische plays for all that it's worth.

The accompaniments by the Leipzigers under Morten Schuldt-Jensen are bold and gutsy, clearly influenced by period practice, but rather more timbrally appealing than the original-instrument norm these days. Hänssler has engineered it all beautifully, with natural balances and realistic tone quality. It's easy to understand why this music fell out of fashion given the evolution of the classical piano concerto in the hands of Mozart and Beethoven, but this is great music, and when performed sympathetically on modern instruments it sounds as fresh and new as the day it was written. It can stand toe to toe with anything that came later.

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

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, Wq 23/H 427 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Michael Rische (Piano)
Conductor:  Morten Schuldt-Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1748; Berlin, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord in C minor, Wq 31/H 441 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Michael Rische (Piano)
Conductor:  Morten Schuldt-Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1753-1755; Berlin, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Harpsichord solo in C major, Wq 112 no 1/H 190 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Michael Rische (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765 

Sound Samples

Keyboard Concerto in D minor, Wq. 23, H. 427: I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in D minor, Wq. 23, H. 427: II. Poco andante
Keyboard Concerto in D minor, Wq. 23, H. 427: III. Allegro assai
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Wq. 112/1, H. 190: I. Allegretto
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Wq. 112/1, H. 190: II. Largo
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Wq. 112/1, H. 190: III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in C minor, Wq. 31, H. 441: I. Allegro molto
Keyboard Concerto in C minor, Wq. 31, H. 441: II. Adagio - Presto
Keyboard Concerto in C minor, Wq. 31, H. 441: III. Allegretto

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