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C. P. E. Bach: Wurttemberg Sonatas 1, 2 & 3 / Murray

Bach,C.p.e. / Murray,David
Release Date: 05/14/2013 
Label:  Summit Records   Catalog #: 603  
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  David Murray
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

C. P. E. BACH Württemberg Sonatas Nos. 1–3 David Murray (pn) SUMMIT 603 (53:41)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was so well known in the mid-18th century that when one mentioned the name “Bach” it was generally in reference to him, not his father, J. S. Bach. His style bridged many of the conventions from the Baroque to the early Classical eras, and both Haydn and Mozart, neither prone to giving high praise to other musicians, admired his work greatly. These three sonatas, named for the Prussian count to whom Read more they are dedicated, are dramatically alert and superficially engaging, without offering very much emotional or intellectual depth (something you could never say about his father’s music). C. P. E. Bach (in the notes, the abbreviation is written both as CPE and C.P.E.) was expert at affecting emotion rather than directly expressing it. It is an admirable skill, on a certain level, and the music is never less than entertaining, even if there are a few patches where C. P. E. seems to resort to clichéd patterns, including a kind of “deedly-deedly-dee” melodic structure. David Murray obviously relishes this material, and squeezes every drop of joy out of it that he can, with a style and grace that rescue the music from mere historical curiosity.

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Works on This Recording

Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Wq 49: no 1 in A minor, H 30 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  David Murray (Piano)
Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Wq 49: no 2 in Ab Major/H 31 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  David Murray (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1742-1743; Berlin, Germany 
Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Wq 49: no 3 in E minor, H 33 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  David Murray (Piano)

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