About the album
In his day C.P.E. Bach was often characterised as being an ‘original genius’. His compositions bear striking witness to this fertile originality. For a long time C.P.E. Bach was viewed as the most renowned Sturm und Drang composer. Rather than attempting to categorise C.P. E. Bach as belonging to a particular stylistic period, it is far better to view him as a highly individual and original composer. His keyboard music forms a unique oeuvre, without any equivalent in his day (incidentally, the word keyboard is used here to refer to clavichord, fortepiano and harpsichord). Freedom permeates this music, along with unexpected harmonic modulations, rhetoric, virtuosity, special effects, precisely notated articulations, every dynamic gradation, unlimited variety, abrupt stops and tempo changes. This all adds up to an absolutely unique and brilliant style.
This CD features three free fantasies (1784, 1786, 1787), three rondos (1778, 1779, 1780), a set of Folia variations (1778) and one sonata (1763). The majority of these works are from the series of keyboard works ‘for connoisseurs and amateurs’ published by C.P.E. Bach himself. With the exception of the sonata, all the works featured on this CD were composed in Hamburg during the final decade of his life. It is the older C.P.E. Bach speaking in these works, his fiery temperament and rich inventiveness undiminished.
11Fantasia in f-sharp minor (H 300, Wq 67)
12Rondo in G major (H 271, Wq 57/3)
1312 Variations on Folie d’Espagne (H 263, Wq 118/9)
14Fantasia in C major (H 284, Wq 59/6)
15Rondo in E major (H 265, Wq 57/1)
16Fantasia in B-flat major (H 289, Wq 61/3)
17Sonata in f minor (H 173, Wq 57/6) Allegro assai
18Sonata in f minor (H 173, Wq 57/6) Andante
19Sonata in f minor (H 173, Wq 57/6) Andantino grazioso
110Rondo in D major (H 261, Wq 56/3)
Starting April 26 until the beginning of May Ton Koopman will travel to the USA because he makes his first appearances as Artist-in-Residence conducting The Cleveland Orchestra On the website of The Cleveland Orchestra we can read:"In his role as a regular guest conductor, Mr. Koopman will lead the Orchestra in multiple programs and concerts through the 2012-13 season. He will also teach public masterclasses annually ...