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C.P.E. Bach: Sonaten fur Kenner und Liebhaber / Pieter-Jan Belder

Bach,C.p.e. / Belder,Pieter-jan
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94486   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



C. P. E. BACH Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber, Wq 55–59, Wq 61 Pieter-Jan Belder (fp, clvd) BRILLIANT 94486 (5 CDs: 289:12)


As the liner notes for this excellent collection point out, the six collections of published sonatas “for experts and amateurs” were not only C. P. E. Bach’s “most ambitious publishing venture” but are significantly different from the keyboard sonatas he intended for the popular market, much more adventurous in musical content and construction. The Read more first series came out in 1779, when he had already been working in Hamburg for a dozen years, and thus away from the musically limited court of Frederick the Great where he spent nearly 30 years before that.


I was lucky enough to review a different recording of the first collection, the sonatas Wq 55, played by Sri Lankan pianist Preethi de Silva on Centaur 3279 ( Fanfare 37:3). Although I loved de Silva’s approach, and particularly praised the full tone of her fortepiano, in many ways this collection supercedes hers, particularly since it is complete, including all five books. Pieter-Jan Belder’s fortepiano is equally as rich-sounding as de Silva’s, and he attacks these pieces with remarkable sweep and vigor, as well as paying attention to the quirky, slightly irregular pulse that C. P. E. Bach’s keyboard music always requires. In short, I found Belder’s playing equally valid in style and approach, and being able to hear all the sonatas published under this title is a musical journey unparalleled elsewhere except for the sonatas of Beethoven.


Indeed, you might think that even a seasoned reviewer (or perhaps especially a seasoned reviewer) would get bored listening to five full CDs of solo keyboard music by one composer, but that is the magic of this collection. Every disc opens your ears and mind to some of the most spectacularly inventive music ever written. Every disc contains music even more daring and audacious than the disc before it. Even today, as long as you accept the harmonic limitations of his era, C. P. E. Bach’s music surprises the heck out of you with its invention: the pauses that suspend time before a secondary theme or variant comes barreling out at you, the creative counterpoint that sometimes uses notes within the chord rather than the predictable figured bass one expects, the many and varied tempo changes within movements, and even at times linked movements, something no other composer I know of dared to attempt until Beethoven. In fact, interspersed with the sonatas in the second through the fifth collections are three Rondos (and, in books 3–5, a couple of Fantasias). The third Rondo of book 2 sounds for all the world like mid-period Beethoven, the first Rondo of collection three sounds very similar to the music of Schumann, and Rondo two of book three sounds like Mozart at his most inventive. C. P. E. was, quite simply, a creator of genius level, on a par with such legendary improvisers and creators as Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Earl Hines, and Art Tatum.


Thus, although this was a long set to review, my judgment is relatively terse and to the point. Just get it. You won’t be disappointed by the music, performance, or sound quality.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Keyboard in C major, Wq 55 no 1/H 244 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard in F major, Wq 55 no 2/H 130 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
3.
Sonata for Keyboard in B minor, Wq 55 no 3/H 245 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
4.
Sonata for Keyboard in A major, Wq 55 no 4/H 186 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
5.
Sonata for Keyboard in F major, Wq 55 no 5/H 243 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: Berlin, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Keyboard in G major, Wq 55 no 6/H 187 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1765; Germany 
7.
Rondo for Keyboard in C major, Wq 56 no 1/H 260 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Hamburg, Germany 
8.
Sonata for Keyboard in G major, Wq 56 no 2/H 246 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
9.
Rondo for Keyboard in D major, Wq 56 no 3/H 261 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
10.
Sonata for Keyboard in F major, Wq 56 no 4/H 269 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
11.
Rondo for Keyboard in A minor, Wq 56 no 5/H 262 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
12.
Sonata for Keyboard in A major, Wq 56 no 6/H 270 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
13.
Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, Wq 57 no 6/H 173 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Germany 
14.
Sonata for Keyboard in d minor, Wq 57 no 4/H 208 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: Berlin, Germany 
15.
Sonata for Keyboard in A minor, Wq 57 no 2/H 247 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
16.
Rondo for Keyboard in G major, Wq 57 no 3/H 271 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: Berlin, Germany 
17.
Rondo for Keyboard in F major, Wq 57 no 5/H 266 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
18.
Rondo for Keyboard in E major, Wq 57 no 1/H 265 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: Berlin, Germany 
19.
Sonata for Keyboard in G major, Wq 58 no 2/H 273 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
20.
Sonata for Keyboard in E minor, Wq 58 no 4/H 188 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
21.
Rondo for Keyboard in E major, Wq 58 no 3/H 274 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
22.
Rondo for Keyboard in B flat major, Wq 58 no 5/H 267 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Hamburg, Germany 
23.
Rondo for Keyboard in A major, Wq 58 no 1/H 276 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
24.
Fantasy for Keyboard in E flat major, Wq 58 no 6/H 277 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Hamburg, Germany 
25.
Fantasy for Keyboard in A major, Wq 58/H 278 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Hamburg, Germany 
26.
Sonata for Keyboard in E minor, Wq 59 no 1/H 281 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Hamburg, Germany 
27.
Sonata for Keyboard in B flat major, Wq 59 no 3/H 282 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
28.
Rondo for Keyboard in C minor, Wq 59 no 4/H 283 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Hamburg, Germany 
29.
Fantasia for Keyboard in C major, Wq 59 no 6/H 284 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Hamburg, Germany 
30.
Rondo for Keyboard in C minor, Wq 59 no 2/H 268 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
31.
Fantasia for Keyboard in F major, Wq 59 no 5/H 279 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
32.
Sonata for Keyboard in G major, Wq 61 no 5/H 287 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Hamburg, Germany 
33.
Sonata for Keyboard in D major, Wq 61 no 2/H 286 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Hamburg, Germany 
34.
Rondo for Keyboard in E flat major, Wq 61 no 1/H 288 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Hamburg, Germany 
35.
Rondo for Keyboard in D minor, Wq 61 no 4/H 290 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Hamburg, Germany 
36.
Fantasia for Keyboard in C major, Wq 61 no 6/H 291 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Berlin, Germany 
37.
Fantasia for Keyboard in B flat major, Wq 61 no 3/H 289 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Keyboard)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785-1786; Berlin, Germany 

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