C.P.E. Bach: Complete Keyboard Variations

C.P.E. Bach: Complete Keyboard Variations
Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Artist Andrea Coen pianoforte
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95305
EAN code 5028421953052
Release February 2016

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Among the foremost contributions to the celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of Carl Philipp Emanuel, most gifted musical son of J.S Bach, was the compendious, 30CD Brilliant Classics edition (BC94640) which spanned his diverse output of orchestral, chamber, keyboard and vocal works, and to which the Italian fortepianist contributed as a continuo player for a disc of chamber music and recorder concertos also issued separately (BC94864). His other recordings for the label include rarely recorded, extensive collections of music by Giustini (BC94021) and Telemann (BC94228) as well as sonatas with viola d’amore by Domenico Scarlatti (BC94242).

For his latest release Andrea Coen has turned to the eleven sets of keyboard variations which CPE composed over a period of 45 years, centred round his service to the Court of Frederick the Great in the magnificent palace in Potsdam. The best known, thanks to its ubiquitous melody, is the ‘La folia’ / ‘Les folies d’Espagne’ set, but there are anonymous ariosi and Italian and German keyboard works from which CPE took ever-inventive inspiration, indicating the cosmopolitan breadth of his interests, which is further illustrated by the variation sets themselves. They explore every facet of contemporary keyboard technique, including the developing style of legato on the fortepiano instruments newly developed by Gottfried Silbermann, the instrument-maker most admired by CPE’s father – on this recording Coen plays a modern copy of a Silbermann model made by Kerstin Schwarz.

Dazzling runs and scales, hand-crossing at speed, brief flourishes of contrapuntal intricacy, stately Andantes which often form the still centre of the variation sets: all are designed by CPE not to tax the brain but to give pleasure and demonstrate a musician’s skill: CPE’s contemporary Reichardt could justly remark of both his playing and his music that ‘he shows quite clearly the great knowledge of harmony and the immeasurable richness of rare and unusual turns of phrase that mark him as the greatest original genius.’

This newly-recorded 2CD set contains the complete variation cycles by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Carl Philipp Emanuel was the most famous and successful son of the great Johann Sebastian. He was a protagonist of the Empfindsame Stil, intended to express true and natural feelings, featuring sudden contrasts of mood en emotions. This is especially applicable to the sets of variations for keyboard, in which the composer lets his imagination free reign, varying from purely ornamental variations of an instrumental/technical nature, to the complete change of character.
The basis of the variation sets are arias or ariosos, a minuet or a famous melody of the time, like “Les folies d’Espagne”.
Played on a Kerstin Schwarz fortepiano (after Silbermann 1749) by Andrea Coen, one of the most prominent keyboard players of Italy, who successfully recorded for Brilliant Classics works by Telemann, Cimarosa and Giustini, resulting in 5-star reviews in the international press.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Arioso con 7 variazioni in F Major, H. 54
  2. Arioso con 7 variazioni in F Major, H. 54: I. Variation 1
  3. Arioso con 7 variazioni in F Major, H. 54: II. Variation 2
  4. Arioso con 7 variazioni in F Major, H. 54: III. Variation 3
  5. Arioso con 7 variazioni in F Major, H. 54: IV. Variation 4
  6. Arioso con 7 variazioni in F Major, H. 54: V. Variation 5
  7. Arioso con 7 variazioni in F Major, H. 54: VI. Variation 6
  8. Arioso con 7 variazioni in F Major, H. 54: VII. Variation 7
  9. Allegretto in C Major, H. 65
  10. Allegretto in C Major, H. 65: I. Variation 1
  11. Allegretto in C Major, H. 65: II. Variation 2
  12. Allegretto in C Major, H. 65: III. Variation 3
  13. Allegretto in C Major, H. 65: IV. Variation 4
  14. Allegretto in C Major, H. 65: V. Variation 5
  15. Allegretto in C Major, H. 65: VI. Variation 6
  16. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir”, H. 68
  17. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir”, H. 68: I. Variation 1
  18. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir”, H. 68: II. Variation 2
  19. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: III. Variation 3
  20. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: IV. Variation 4
  21. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: V. Variation 5
  22. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: VI. Variation 6
  23. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: VII. Variation 7
  24. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: VIII. Variation 8
  25. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: IX. Variation 9
  26. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: X. Variation 10
  27. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XI. Variation 11
  28. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XII. Variation 12
  29. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XIII. Variation 13
  30. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XIV. Variation 14
  31. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XV. Variation 15
  32. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XVI. Variation 16
  33. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XVII. Variation 17
  34. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XVIII. Variation 18
  35. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XIX. Variation 19
  36. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XX. Variation 20
  37. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XXI. Variation 21. Alla polacca
  38. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XXII. Variation 22. Allegro
  39. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XXIII. Variation 23. Siciliano
  40. “Ich schleif, da träumte mir” , H. 68: XXIV. Variation 24. Tempo di minuetto
  41. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263
  42. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: I. Variation 1
  43. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: II. Variation 2
  44. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: III. Variation 3
  45. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: IV. Variation 4
  46. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: V. Variation 5
  47. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: VI. Variation 6
  48. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: VII. Variation 7. Geschwind
  49. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: VIII. Variation 8. Sehr langsam
  50. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: IX. Variation 9
  51. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: X. Variation 10
  52. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: XI. Variation 11
  53. 12 Variations über die Folie d’Espagne in D Minor, H. 263: XII. Variation 12. Sehr geschwinde
  54. Arioso sostenuto in A Major, H. 535
  55. Arioso sostenuto in A Major, H. 535: I. Variation 1
  56. Arioso sostenuto in A Major, H. 535: II. Variation 2
  57. Arioso sostenuto in A Major, H. 535: III. Variation 3
  58. Arioso sostenuto in A Major, H. 535: IV. Variation 4
  59. Arioso sostenuto in A Major, H. 535: V. Variation 5
  60. Canzonetta con 6 variazioni in F Major, H. 275
  61. Canzonetta con 6 variazioni in F Major, H. 275: I. Variation 1
  62. Canzonetta con 6 variazioni in F Major, H. 275: II. Variation 2
  63. Canzonetta con 6 variazioni in F Major, H. 275: III. Variation 3
  64. Canzonetta con 6 variazioni in F Major, H. 275: IV. Variation 4
  65. Canzonetta con 6 variazioni in F Major, H. 275: V. Variation 5
  66. Canzonetta con 6 variazioni in F Major, H. 275: VI. Variation 6
  67. Menuet con 5 variazioni in C Major, H. 44

Disk 2

  1. Arioso in C Major, H. 259
  2. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: I. Variation 1
  3. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: II. Variation 2
  4. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: III. Variation 3
  5. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: IV. Variation 4
  6. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: V. Variation 5
  7. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: VI. Variation 6
  8. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: VII. Variation 7
  9. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: VIII. Variation 8
  10. Arioso in C Major, H. 259: IX. Variation 9
  11. Minuet in G Major, H. 14
  12. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: I. Variation 1
  13. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: II. Variation 2
  14. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: III. Variation 3
  15. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: IV. Variation 4
  16. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: V. Variation 5
  17. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: VI. Variation 6
  18. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: VII. Variation 7
  19. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: VIII. Variation 8
  20. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: IX. Variation 9
  21. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: X. Variation 10
  22. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XI. Variation 11
  23. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XII. Variation 12
  24. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XIII. Variation 13
  25. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XIV. Variation 14
  26. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XV. Variation 15
  27. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XVI. Variation 16
  28. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XVII. Variation 17
  29. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XVIII. Variation 18
  30. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XIX. Variation 19
  31. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XX. Variation 20
  32. Minuet in G Major, H. 14: XXI. Variation 21
  33. Ariette in A Major, H. 155
  34. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: I. Variation 1
  35. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: II. Variation 2
  36. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: III. Variation 3
  37. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: IV. Variation 4
  38. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: V. Variation 5
  39. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: VI. Variation 6
  40. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: VII. Variation 7
  41. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: VIII. Variation 8
  42. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: IX. Variation 9
  43. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: X. Variation 10
  44. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XI. Variation 11
  45. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XII. Variation 12 “vom Herrn C. Fasch”
  46. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XIII. Variation 13 ”vom Herrn C.P.E. Bach”
  47. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XIV. Variation 14 “von ebendemselben“
  48. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XV. Variation 15 “vom Herrn C. Fasch“
  49. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XVI. Variation 16 “von ebendemselben”
  50. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XVII. Variation 17 “vom Herrn C.P.E. Bach“
  51. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XVIII. Variation 18
  52. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XIX. Variation 19
  53. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XX. Variation 20
  54. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XXI. Variation 21
  55. Ariette in A Major, H. 155: XXII. Variation 22
  56. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226
  57. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: I. Variation 1
  58. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: II. Variation 2
  59. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: III. Variation 3
  60. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: IV. Variation 4
  61. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: V. Variation 5
  62. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: VI. Variation 6
  63. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: VII. Variation 7
  64. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: VIII. Variation 8
  65. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: IX. Variation 9
  66. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: X. Variation 10
  67. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: XI. Variation 11
  68. 12 Variations on “Colin à peine à seize ans” in G Major, H. 226: XII. Variation 12