CPE Bach - Der Fruhling | Alpha ALPHA257

CPE Bach - Der Fruhling


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA257

Barcode: 3760014192579

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 18th November 2016



Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is the most famous of the sons of J.S. Bach. His magisterial oeuvre contains, notably, a large number of concertos for various instruments and keyboard pieces. But the composer also excelled at vocal music, thus continuing in the family tradition by composing, among other genres, sacred and secular cantatas and songs. His works respect the rules of Baroque style while also hinting at the dawn of the Classical style subsequently represented by Haydn and Mozart.

Café Zimmermann has been including the music of C.P.E. Bach in its programmes for years, notably in a recording (ALPHA107) that marked a turning point in the discography. A Leipzig newspaper wrote of the ensemble’s interpretation of works by Emanuel Bach: ‘Anyone who has heard the sensational Café Zimmermann in this music, the brilliant, ardent spirit of their playing, their profusion of colours ... will want to hear more of this composer.’ Here is a further opportunity to do so, in partnership with the English tenor Rupert Charlesworth, who recorded his first album in 2015 (Nocturnes, ZZT355).


Most of the music here dates from later in Emanuel’s European career, and it ranges fascinatingly from the bold and eccentric in the A minor Sinfonia, to the sweet and sentimental in the songs and arias that give the disc its title. A middle course is steered by a B flat Trio Sonata and a lively Sonatina with horns and (too reticent) harpsichord. Excellent, tight-knit playing by the eponymous cafe players.  Nicholas Kenyon
The Observer 27 November 2016

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