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C.P.E. Bach: Chamber Music, Phyllis and Thirsis / Les Adieux

Hofmann/Staier/Rogers/Les Adieux
Release Date: 05/27/1996 
Label:  Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 77435  
Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Phoebe CarraiJaap SchröderHans-Martin LindeChristoph Huntgeburth,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Adieux
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

How winning these chamber works are when played so stylishly and when the authentic textures are so transparent.

I will start this month with some instrumental music by C. P. E. Bach, expertly presented by members of Les Adieux and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi's Baroque Esprit label. First comes a set of 12 Little Pieces for two flutes, two violins and continuo, H600, and how winning they are when played so stylishly and when the authentic textures (varying in instrumentation from piece to piece) are so transparent. The following Hamburg Sonata for flute and continuo in G, H564, needs to be approached separately, for there is an awkward pitch change as it opens. A charming three-movement
Read more Duo for flute and violin (1-1598) follows, then there are two somewhat more substantial Trio Sonatas, H567 and H571 - the highlight of the programme. Both have touchingly melancholic Adagios to offset their sprightly Allegro outer movements. The collection ends most appropriately with the miniature cantata Phyllis and Thirsis (Rosmarie Hofmann and the excellent Nigel Rogers, respectively), as this features obbligatos for a pair of flutes. This division of the two vocal roles here is more convincing than in Bach's original scheme, where the soprano was expected to take both parts, more particularly as Nigel Rogers is here at his freshest and most appealing. A most rewarding programme, immaculately recorded.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [8/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1. Short Pieces (12) for Flute, Violin and Keyboard, Wq 81/H 600 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Phoebe Carrai (Cello), Jaap Schröder (Violin), Hans-Martin Linde (Flute),
Christoph Huntgeburth (Flute), Beatrix Landolf (Violin), Rolf Junghanns (Keyboard)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Adieux
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1758 
2. Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in G major, Wq 133/H 564 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Keyboard), Nigel Rogers (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Adieux
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Hamburg, Germany 
3. Duetto for Flute and Violin in E minor, Wq 140/H 598 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Adieux
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1770 
4. Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo in C major, Wq 147/H 571 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Adieux
Period: Classical 
Written: 1731/1747; Berlin, Germany 
5. Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo in B minor, Wq 143/H 567 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Adieux
Period: Classical 
Written: 1731/1747; Berlin, Germany 
6. Thirsis, willst du mir gefallen, Wq 232/H 697 "Phillis und Thirsis" by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Rosmarie Hofmann (Soprano), Nigel Rogers (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Adieux
Period: Classical 
Written: 1765 

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