CPE Bach - 4 Symphonies Wq183, 6 Sonatas Wq184
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Cat No: ES2070
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 18th November 2016
WorksSonatas (6) for 7 wind instruments, Wq184
Symphonies (4), Wq183 (H663-666) 'Hamburg'
The modern symphonic orchestra can trace its roots to this period when the basic string orchestra formation was extended with wind instruments, thereby giving the Sturm and Drang movement (loosely translated as Storm and Stress) a much wider soundscape and greater range of dynamics with which to express itself.
With his Wq 183 orchestral symphonies, C.P.E. Bach set himself the challenge of writing symphonies for a full orchestra featuring string and wind sections. Horns and woodwind were no longer a mere afterthought; they did not simply double up and reinforce the string parts, rather they were given their own specific function from the outset. With this in mind, and the highly emotional states of tension and release, these compositions were truly pioneering and made tone, dynamics and harmony into central musical concepts. The four symphonies are veritable fireworks of emotions: full of suspense, poignancy and exuberant joy.
C.P.E. Bach’s oeuvre provides the opportunity of re-discovering charming pieces, such as the six small sonatas for wind instruments (two horns, two flutes, two clarinets and bassoon) Wq 184, composed in 1775 in Hamburg, heard for the first time in this recording.
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