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BACH, C.P.E.: Viola da gamba Sonatas

Composer(s):Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
Artist(s) Kouzov, Dmitry, cello • Laul, Peter, harpsichord • Laul, Peter, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570740
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

The second surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel wrote prolifically for the harpsichord and the clavichord, and was regarded as the leading keyboard-player of his day. His three sonatas for viola da gamba and keyboard, written during the earlier part of his career as Court Harpsichordist to Frederick the Great, are virtuoso works that also display a fine command of melody.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,May 2008

Better known for his sinfonias and larger-scale works, Bach's second son inevitably wrote chamber music, three examples of which are here given first recordings, if I am not mistaken. These works are not as severe as the old man's, yet are weightier than Telemann's. Stylistically, the performances are solid - if not very baroquish. As usual, the harpsichord is under-recorded in the sonatas, and Mr. Laul wisely opted for a piano in the trio-sonata.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2008

It seems strange to relate that in the years following the death of his father, Johann Sebastian Bach, it was his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, who was regarded as the more important composer. Born the second son in 1714, he had arrived at a time when family fortunes had improved, and when they moved to Leipzig he was able to combine law studies with his musical education. Yet it was as a musician that he found employment with The Crown Prince of Prussia, later to become Frederick the Great. The king was well known as a talented flautist, and Carl was his favourite accompanist. Yet he was uneasy in court circles and eventually gained the post as cantor at the Johanneum in Hamburg, previously held by Telemann, who was his godfather. He was a busy composer all his life, producing a large



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