CPE Bach - Tangere | ECM New Series 4763652

CPE Bach - Tangere


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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4763652

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 25th August 2017



Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov is the rare artist who has been a trailblazer in two directions, both a champion of new music (from Cage to Silvestrov) and a dedicated interpreter of Baroque music with a passion for period instruments.

In this remarkable reading of music by CPE Bach, Lubimov responds to the inventiveness of the composer’s fantasies, sonatas and rondos by making full creative use of the sonorities of the tangent piano. Briefly popular in the early 18th century, the tangent piano (whose strings are struck from beneath by wood or metal “tangents” and allowed to vibrate) offered greater expressiveness and intensity than the harpsichord.


The sound of this instrument, lovingly restored by Chris Maene of Ruiselede, Belgium, is almost impossible to describe. It shares something of the clavichord’s finesse but with a considerably enlarged dynamic spectrum; there are qualities reminiscent of a hammer dulcimer or cimbalom, though more delicate than either; and its incandescent, silvery tone recalls the harp-like qualities of some earlier Silbermann pianos. Employing an arsenal of attack and release strategies, Lubimov draws from it a veritable rainbow of colours plus an abundant variety of sounds perfectly suited to the extravagant expressivity of Bach.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone October 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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