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C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos / Meneses, Munich Chamber Orchestra

Bach / Munchener Kammerorchester / Meneses
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10294   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Antonio Meneses
Conductor:  Antonio Meneses
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



C. P. E. BACH Cello Concertos, Wq 170–72 Antonio Meneses (vc, cond); Munich CO PAN 10294 (66:59)


When I reviewed Antonio Meneses’s recording of the Beethoven Cello Sonatas with his mentor, pianist Menahem Pressler, some years ago, I praised his musicality and phrasing but stated that I found his tone rather dry for my taste. Here, in a recording made in 1997, Meneses’s tone sounds similarly dry and a bit leathery (particularly in the Concerto Wq 171), and his bowing is not Read more suave—but what excitement he generates! Both as soloist and conductor, he is completely into these pieces, driving both himself and the Munich Chamber Orchestra with tremendous energy and excellent control of dynamics. In short, these are exciting performances, and in the music of Bach’s most talented son excitement is just fine for me.


As usual, this music is full of unexpected twists and surprises. Perhaps some of my readers are tired of reading this from me by now, but what can I say? The stabbing strings, the strange syncopations, and the surprising pauses are all part and parcel of these works, as they are in his symphonies. Moreover, I don’t know why more cellists don’t play these pieces, as they are not only musically interesting but virtuosic. As a matter of interest for the musicologists, Meneses plays Wolfgang Boettscher’s cadenzas in the first concerto, his own cadenzas in the second, and C. P. E.’s original cadenzas in the third.


When the music is this good and the performances equally fine, there’s not much to say about a disc except that, if you are a lover of this composer and don’t have these works, you won’t go wrong in getting this CD.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 3 in A major, Wq 172/H 439 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Conductor:  Antonio Meneses
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1753; Berlin, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in B flat major, Wq 171/H 436 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Conductor:  Antonio Meneses
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1751; Berlin, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Wq 170/H 432 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Conductor:  Antonio Meneses
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1750; Berlin, Germany 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170, H. 432: I. Allegro assai
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170, H. 432: II. Andante
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170, H. 432: III. Allegro assai
Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171, H. 436: I. Allegretto
Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171, H. 436: II. Adagio
Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171, H. 436: III. Allegro assai
Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172, H. 439: I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172, H. 439: II. Largo con sordini, mesto
Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172, H. 439: III. Allegro assai

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