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C.P.E. Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos Vol 18 / Spanyi, Abraham, Concerto Armonico

Bach / Spanyi / Cto Armonico Budapest / Abraham
Release Date: 07/24/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1787  
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi
Conductor:  Márta Ábrahám
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Armonico
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

First of all, if you’re not aware, the Packard Humanities Institute is issuing a complete CPE Bach critical edition that’s both beautifully produced and extremely inexpensive (around $30-35 for each deluxe, clothbound volume). If you collect scores, it’s one helluva deal. You can find it online here: http://www.cpebach.org. At the very lease, you should consider grabbing the six string symphonies for Baron von Swieten. The Institute is also making available modern performance parts online for FREE, so there’s no excuse for labels not to make billions of new recordings.

You really can’t do too much to promote the music of this wonderful composer, because even though his huge output is inevitably uneven, his basic style was so
Read more interesting that he’s fun to listen to even when he’s operating on auto-pilot–which is very seldom anyway. Just listen to the last bit of the opening of the Concerto in D major included on this disc, leading up the entry of the solo. Isn’t it surprising? Isn’t it delightful? Best of all, it’s typical. There’s so much to enjoy on this beautifully played disc, and on all of the others in this excellent series.

These are predominantly early works, and so the Spányi’s solo instrument of choice is a harpsichord, and lovely one at that. Within the limitations of his instrument he offers a wide variety of color and articulation, and he really does make the music sing in the slow movements. As with the other releases so far, the playing of Concerto Armonico is full of life, the sound the period strings not overly dry or unpleasant, and the sonics are superb. I know, most of you won’t want 18 volumes (so far) of this music, but everyone should own at least a couple, and there’s no need to worry about which one. Just give it a shot.

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

1.
Concertos (6) for Harpsichord, Wq 43: no 4 in C minor, H 474 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Márta Ábrahám
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Armonico
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Hamburg, Germany 
2.
Concertos (6) for Harpsichord, Wq 43: no 3 in Eb Major/H 473 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Márta Ábrahám
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Armonico
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Hamburg, Germany 
3.
Concertos (6) for Harpsichord, Wq 43: no 2 in D Major/H 472 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Márta Ábrahám
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Armonico
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Hamburg, Germany 
4.
Concertos (6) for Harpsichord, Wq 43: no 1 in F Major/H 471 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Márta Ábrahám
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Armonico
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Hamburg, Germany 

Sound Samples

Keyboard Concerto in F major, Wq. 43/1, H. 471: I. Allegro di molto
Keyboard Concerto in F major, Wq. 43/1, H. 471: II. Andante
Keyboard Concerto in F major, Wq. 43/1, H. 471: III. Prestissimo
Keyboard Concerto in D major, Wq. 43/2, H. 472: I. Allegro di molto - Andante - Allegro di molto - Andante - Allegro di molto
Keyboard Concerto in D major, Wq. 43/2, H. 472: II. Andante
Keyboard Concerto in D major, Wq. 43/2, H. 472: III. Allegretto
Keyboard Concerto in E flat major, Wq. 43/3, H. 473: I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in E flat major, Wq. 43/3, H. 473: II. Larghetto
Keyboard Concerto in E flat major, Wq. 43/3, H. 473: III. Presto
Keyboard Concerto in C minor, Wq. 43/4, H. 474: I. Allegro assai
Keyboard Concerto in C minor, Wq. 43/4, H. 474: II. Poco adagio
Keyboard Concerto in C minor, Wq. 43/4, H. 474: III. Tempo di minuetto
Keyboard Concerto in C minor, Wq. 43/4, H. 474: IV. Allegro assai

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