C.P.E. Bach: Preussische und Württembergische Sonaten

C.P.E. Bach: Preussische und Württembergische Sonaten
Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94320
EAN code 5028421943206
Release March 2012

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The keyboard sonatas of C.P.E. Bach (1714–1788) bear the hallmarks of a composer who lived through a significant moment in musical history; the fifth child of J.S. Bach, not only was Carl Philipp Emanuel employed at the court of Frederick the Great – whose patronage and amateur music making remain legendary to this day – he composed his works during the transition from the Baroque to the Classical period. His keyboard sonatas, in particular, are musical landmarks that epitomise the style and values of an era.

The Preussische and Württembergische Sonatas, collected together on this splendid new 3-disc set, exemplify C.P.E. Bach’s celebrated style of composition, while revealing the impact of the period’s stylistic influences. The Empfindsamkeit and Sturm und Drang movements, in particular, can be heard in the music’s thrilling and unexpected changes of mood, emphasis on expression, daring approach to harmony and diminishing reliance on traditional counterpoint. Although there are traces of the earlier style, brought to its perfection by Carl Philipp Emanuel’s father, the Preussische and Württembergische sonatas demonstrate a determined shift towards a new style, prefiguring the Classical era.

Given an expert performance by the award-winning harpsichordist and clavichord player Pieter-Jan Belder, whose interpretations highlight the expressive qualities and shifting moods of the music, these sonatas give a compelling insight into the transition from the Baroque era to the Classical period, and into a composer who was at the forefront of the stylistic movements of his day.

Other information:
- Recording made in 2011
- booklet notes included
- Performed on a harpsichord built by Nico van Waals (1977) after Dulcken and a clavichord built by Geert Karman (1990) after Friederici
- Other recordings by Pieter-Jan Belder for Brilliant Classics include Corelli: Complete Edition (94112), J.S. Bach: French Suites (93322), Rameau: Complete Works for Harpsichord (93903) and the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book Vol.1 (94303)

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Preussische Sonata No. 1 in F, Wq. 48/1: I. Poco allegro
  2. Preussische Sonata No. 1 in F, Wq. 48/1: II. Andante
  3. Preussische Sonata No. 1 in F, Wq. 48/1: III. Vivace
  4. Preussische Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 48/2: I. Vivace
  5. Preussische Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 48/2: II. Adagio
  6. Preussische Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat, Wq. 48/2: III. Allegro assai
  7. Preussische Sonata No.3 in E Wq. 48/3: I. Poco allegro
  8. Preussische Sonata No.3 in E Wq. 48/3: II. Adagio
  9. Preussische Sonata No.3 in E Wq. 48/3: III. Presto
  10. Preussische Sonata No.4 in C Minor, Wq. 48/4: I. Allegro
  11. Preussische Sonata No.4 in C Minor, Wq. 48/4: II. Adagio
  12. Preussische Sonata No.4 in C Minor, Wq. 48/4: III. Presto
  13. Preussische Sonata No.5 in C, Wq. 48/5: I. Poco allegro
  14. Preussische Sonata No.5 in C, Wq. 48/5: II. Andante
  15. Preussische Sonata No.5 in C, Wq. 48/5: III. Allegro assai
  16. Preussische Sonata No.6 in A, Wq. 48/6: I. Allegro
  17. Preussische Sonata No.6 in A, Wq. 48/6: II. Adagio
  18. Preussische Sonata No.6 in A, Wq. 48/6: III. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Württembergische Sonata No.1 in A Minor, Wq. 49/1: I. Moderato
  2. Württembergische Sonata No.1 in A Minor, Wq. 49/1: II. Andante
  3. Württembergische Sonata No.1 in A Minor, Wq. 49/1: III. Allegro assai
  4. Württembergische Sonata No.2 in A-Flat, Wq. 49/2: I. Un poco allegro
  5. Württembergische Sonata No.2 in A-Flat, Wq. 49/2: II. Adagio
  6. Württembergische Sonata No.2 in A-Flat, Wq. 49/2: III. Allegro
  7. Württembergische Sonata No.3 in E Minor, Wq. 49/3: I. Allegro
  8. Württembergische Sonata No.3 in E Minor, Wq. 49/3: II. Adagio
  9. Württembergische Sonata No.3 in E Minor, Wq. 49/3: III. Vivace

Disk 3

  1. Württembergische Sonata No.4 in B-Flat, Wq. 49/4: I. Un poco allegro
  2. Württembergische Sonata No.4 in B-Flat, Wq. 49/4: II. Andante
  3. Württembergische Sonata No.4 in B-Flat, Wq. 49/4: III. Allegro
  4. Württembergische Sonata No.5 in E-Flat, Wq. 49/5: I. Allegro
  5. Württembergische Sonata No.5 in E-Flat, Wq. 49/5: II. Adagio
  6. Württembergische Sonata No.5 in E-Flat, Wq. 49/5: III. Allegro assai
  7. Württembergische Sonata No.6 in B Minor, Wq. 49/6: I. Moderato
  8. Württembergische Sonata No.6 in B Minor, Wq. 49/6: II. Adagio non molto
  9. Württembergische Sonata No.6 in B Minor, Wq. 49/6: III. Allegro