Treasures of the Empfindsamkeit | Metronome METCD1091

Treasures of the Empfindsamkeit


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Label: Metronome

Cat No: METCD1091

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th June 2014



Following up on her 1998 award-winning recording of CPE Bach sonatas, Carole Cerasi has turned, in her latest release, to that ultimate personal and rarefied musical instrument, the clavichord, to present a recital of profound musical utterances that epitomise the progressive musical style, Empfindsamkeit or 'sensitive style', so beloved of CPE Bach. Opening with one of his most astonishing works, the Fantasie in F sharp minor, she aims to illuminate this particularly expressive style, finding its manifestation in unusual corners of mainstream repertoire and placing contemporary composers in revealing context. Carole Cerasi had the great privilege to have access to the Hoffman clavichord of 1784 housed at Hatchlands Park, which has never before been recorded for commercial release.

The release is part of a series of events Carole Cerasi is taking part in to focus on the music of CPE Bach in 2014, his tercentenary year, including a recital in the Lufthansa Baroque Festival in London.  CPE Bach is  a composer with whom she has a great affinity and her playing of his distinctive style illustrates his comment “One should play from the soul, not like a trained bird”. Joining CPE Bach on this disc are works by Mozart and Haydn in “Empfindsamkeit” style. Mozart always declared his debt to CPE Bach, observing “He is the father, we are the children”. An Arioso and variations by Johann Gottfried Müthel completes the programme. The disc includes notes by musicologist and keyboard player Tim Roberts.  

Carole won the Gramophone Award with her first disc on Metronome (Jacquet de la Guerre) and has received many other awards for the subsequent 8 recordings she has undertaken with Metronome, her most recent release of Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti received worldwide critical acclaim.

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