CPE Bach - Complete Original Works for Violin & Keyboard | Signum SIGCD573

CPE Bach - Complete Original Works for Violin & Keyboard


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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD573

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 11th October 2019



Born in Weimar, Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-88) was the fifth child and second surviving son of JS Bach and his first wife Maria Barbara. By his own account he had no other teacher for composition and keyboard except his father. Nevertheless, the majority of Emanuel’s earliest works owe more to the influence of Telemann and other exponents of the new galant style, while already suggesting his own progressive instinct.

At the age of twenty-four, after seven years studying law, Emanuel decided to devote himself to music. In 1738 he accepted the position of keyboard player at the court of the Prussian crown prince – the future Frederick the Great. After nearly thirty years of royal service he left Berlin and moved to Hamburg, where he occupied the positions of Music Director and Cantor until his death.

Described by the Guardian as a performer of “fearless intensity,” former ECHO Rising Star Tamsin Waley-Cohen has established herself as one of the most insightful and versatile young British violinists.

Described by The Daily Telegraph as “in a class of his own,” James Baillieu has been the prize winner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition, Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions. He plays these CPE Bach compositions on a modern piano.


This three-disc set from Tamsin Waley-Cohen and James Baillieu of the complete works for violin and keyboard by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach nudges us in the right direction. What we discover – immediately and sustained for 153 minutes and 12 seconds – is that CPE not only does justice to his father but also is a superb composer in his own right. ... Three discs of wonderful music-making, enough to make any father proud.  Mark Seow
Gramophone December 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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