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C.P.E. Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos Vol 17 / Spanyi, Mattson, Opus X


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1687   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi
Conductor:  Petri Tapio MattsonMiklós Spányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus X
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Miklós Spányi is still cranking out C.P.E. Bach recordings, and he's lucky in having a label as loyal and dedicated as BIS. This is Volume 17 out of, I don't know, a billion or so, and like the other discs in this series it's pretty terrific. Spányi uses a harpsichord in the F major concerto and a tangent piano in the other two works. His playing is consistently stylish, full of life, lyrical and virtuosic by turns. And let's not forget: Emanuel Bach was a very, very good composer. The music is consistently interesting and characterful, from the colorful horn writing in the F major concerto to the surprising harmonic twists and turns in the C minor (C.P.E. in minor keys is always special). Toss in pellucid engineering Read more and excellent accompaniments from the intrepid members of Opus X Ensemble, and the result is a joy. Really, you can dip into this series anywhere and be rewarded with excellent, unfamiliar music. Why not start here?

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

1. Concerto for Harpsichord in F major, Wq 42/H 470 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Petri Tapio Mattson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus X
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770 
2. Concerto for Harpsichord in E flat Major, Wq 41/H 469 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Petri Tapio Mattson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus X
Period: Classical 
Written: 1769 
3. Concerto for Harpsichord in C minor, Wq 31/H 441 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi (Tangent Piano), Miklós Spányi (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Petri Tapio Mattson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus X
Period: Classical 
Written: 1753-1755; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Harpsichord in F major, Wq 42/H471 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Miklós Spányi (Tangent Piano)
Conductor:  Miklós Spányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus X
Period: Classical 
Length: 24 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Harpsichord Concerto in F major, Wq. 42, H. 470: I. Allegro assai
Harpsichord Concerto in F major, Wq. 42, H. 470: II. Larghetto
Harpsichord Concerto in F major, Wq. 42, H. 470: III. Poco presto
Harpsichord Concerto in E flat major, Wq. 41, H. 469: I. Largo - Prestissimo - Largo - Prestissimo
Harpsichord Concerto in E flat major, Wq. 41, H. 469: II. Largo
Harpsichord Concerto in E flat major, Wq. 41, H. 469: III. Ziemlich geschwinde
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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