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C. P. E. Bach: Pensees Nocturnes / Mathieu Dupouy

Bach,C.p.e. / Dupouy,Mathieu
Release Date: 05/14/2013 
Label:  Herisson   Catalog #: 2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mathieu Dupouy
Number of Discs: 1 
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C. P. E. BACH Pensées Nocturnes : Fantasies in F, Wq 59/5 ; in C, Wq 59/6 ; in f?, Wq 67 . Sonatas: in e, Wq 65/30 ; in e, Wq 59/1 ; in g, Wq 65/27. Abschied von meinem Silbermannischen Claviere, Wq 272 Read more Mathieu Dupouy (clvd) HÉRISSON 02 (60:23)


In 1773 Charles Burney published in his The Present State of Music volume devoted to the northern countries a description of C. P. E. Bach improvising at his instrument of choice, the clavichord, noting that he got into it so far that he began behaving somewhat strangely: “His eyes were fixed, his underlip fell, and drops of effervescence distilled from his countenance.” Moreover, at the end of this display, he was in a state of emotional exhaustion. Today this would sound a bit more like a fit of some sort, possibly even a seizure, but this was also observed by Johann Friedrich Reichardt some years later, and there can be no doubt that these works, sometimes published in more conventional generic forms such as sonatas or at others in a more improvisatory manner as fantasies, were what inspired keyboard players to infuse emotion and drama into their music. Given that the works were filled with strange harmonic shifts, abrupt dynamics, and non-sequitur transitions, not to mention a wide variance in tempos and technical effects, sometimes all within the space of a few bars, to call it simply Empfindsamkeit or the empfindsame Stil (usually translated as “sensitive” or “sentimental”) doesn’t seem quite radical enough. In these works, particularly the strange and disturbing Fantasy in F? Minor, also subtitled “C. P. E. Bach’s Sentiments ( Empfindungen ),” one finds the same sort of foreshadowing of the modern age that occurred previously with Carlo Gesualdo, though of course the music of both cannot be compared in the same breath.


Clearly, these sometimes fiendishly intimate works are not always meant for larger venues, and indeed Bach’s instrument of choice was the soft, resilient clavichord. For loud and boisterous pieces, other keyboards were more suitable, but the clavichord was an instrument that required considerable finesse to play. Mathieu Dupouy presents this group with considerable focus, playing each of the fantasies as if he were channeling Bach. The movement is fluid, the attention to outlining both the abrupt harmonic shifts and fragmentary bits of themes (such as in the lengthy C-Major Fantasy, Wq 59/6) is sensitive to the often complex notation. He knows how to shade his dynamics, how to use the odd special devices (such as the Bebung , a sort of keyboard vibrato), and how to derive the tempos from the music rather than superimpose them onto it.


As one may notice, I have refrained from actually speaking about Bach’s music itself, but numerous recordings already exist, played on a variety of instruments, including the clavichord. There is a really nice disc by Andreas Staier from a few years ago on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and as far back as 1987 Gustav Leonhardt recorded some of these on the clavichord. But this disc is perhaps the first time I found a recording that may actually come close in mood and feeling to what the composer emoted to Burney over two centuries ago. And really, is not that the entire raison d’être for this style of music in the first place? Highly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Keyboard in G minor, Wq 65 no 27/H 68 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mathieu Dupouy (Clavichord)
Period: Classical 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard in E minor, Wq 65 no 30/H 106 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mathieu Dupouy (Clavichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1756 
3.
Sonata for Keyboard in E minor, Wq 59 no 1/H 281 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mathieu Dupouy (Clavichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Hamburg, Germany 
4.
Free Fantasy for Keyboard in F sharp minor, Wq 67/H 300 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mathieu Dupouy (Clavichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Hamburg, Germany 
5.
Fantasia for Keyboard in C major, Wq 59 no 6/H 284 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mathieu Dupouy (Clavichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Hamburg, Germany 
6.
Fantasia for Keyboard in F major, Wq 59 no 5/H 279 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mathieu Dupouy (Clavichord)
7.
Farewell to my Silbermann Clavier in E minor form, Wq 66/H 272 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Mathieu Dupouy (Clavichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Hamburg, Germany 

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