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Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano / Stern, Beyer


Release Date: 06/09/2017 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 329  
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Edna SternAmandine Beyer
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following on from the success of the Red and Yellow series (a total of twenty-eight reissues), which have restored to the limelight the treasures of the label’s Baroque music catalogues, here are fourteen new titles offering a chance to renew acquaintance with further gems of the Baroque as well as a number of rarities. This third series also expands to embrace the Classical repertory (Mozart, Haydn etc.) and other cultures, notably those of the East, in recordings that form an integral part of Alpha’s identity and history. The fourteen reissues are performed by the leading musicians in the relevant repertory; most of these discs received one or more press distinctions on their first release. They are accompanied by full booklets, with Read more articles in three languages (English, French, German) and richly illustrated chronologies. A wide range of photographers have provided the cover illustrations for the series, this time with the colour blue as the unifying thread. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in B flat major, Wq 77/H 513 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Edna Stern (Piano), Amandine Beyer (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Berlin, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in C minor, Wq 78/H 514 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Edna Stern (Piano), Amandine Beyer (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Berlin, Germany 
3.
Sonata for violin & keyboard in A major, H. 542 (attributed) by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Edna Stern (Piano), Amandine Beyer (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1731 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in B minor, Wq 76/H 512 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Edna Stern (Piano), Amandine Beyer (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Berlin, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Knowing interpretations of appealing music June 19, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "One of the common dynamics in a wide range of arts is the dialectic between the rational and the expressive, classic and romantic, Apollo and Dionysus. This is where C.P.E. Bach lives, looking at once back to his father's example of cosmic order and ahead to the confusing affective eruption that would later be termed Sturm und Drang (Storm and Drive, or Storm and Stress). To call these expressive Sonatas Romantic is to overstate the case, but their expressiveness is undeniable. They are also tuneful in an original way, full of erudite cleverness that gives both the listener and player much pleasure. I can't imagine a more effective presentation of this music: Amandine Beyer's violin is the emoting actor, while Edna Stern's fortepiano provides the lightest of commentary to go with her solid support. They play this music with style and grace, and aren't afraid to milk the sentimental moments when the composer lets his classic mask slip artfully to the side. At the same time their interpretation is knowing; Beyer and Stern know when to give the music its full expressive force, and when to pass on the composer's winks. This is an outstanding release that I've listened to a great deal in the past weeks, and which I plan to explore further. These aren't new recordings, but from 2005, from a Zig Zag Territoires disc." Report Abuse
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