Cpe Bach: The Hamburg Symphonies Wq 182

Orchestra of the 18th Century

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Format: CD

Cat No: GCD921134

Release Date:  24 November 2023

Label:  Glossa

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  8424562211346

Genres:  Classical  Orchestral  

  • Description

    The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century continues true to its original guiding spirit, with a new recording of the six Hamburg Symphonies, Wq 182 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

    This second son of JS Bach, Carl Philipp has sometimes had a rough ride with posterity (and with some of his contemporaries too). Although overshadowed later by Haydn and Mozart - albeit admired by the pair - and overshadowed in his lifetime by Handel, he remains a crucial link between the Baroque and the Classical, particularly for the ultra-sensitive style, his Empfindsamkeit.

    Thirty years spent writing hundreds of harpsichord works in the Berlin of Frederick II of Prussia before moving to Hamburg to write religious music at the Johanneum, his mind was awash with new and different ideas appreciated by Gottfried van Swieten. This baron commissioned these six symphonies, urging Carl Philipp to aim high in his compositional writing, and he responded by giving free rein to his musical ideas and his treatment of the instruments in these six three-movement works.

    Scored for strings and continuo, these works from 1773 have very little in common with other pre-classical symphonies, including those by Carl Philipp's brother Johann Christian (or Italian opera overtures), as is remarked upon by Emilio Moreno in his booklet essay.

    The Orchestra - here with Alexander Janiczek as leader - responds with evident pleasure to Bach's rich harmonies, bold dynamics and flowing melodies and with much appetite for his virtuosic instrumental writing.


    "Directing from the violin, Alexander Janiczek galvanises a robust and full-bodied string sound, further enhanced by a conspicuously warm and spacious recording. His is assailed by a subtle restlessness" – BBC Music Magazine *****

    "If any recording of this still-astonishing, unnerving music can give Pinnock a run for his money, it's this new one" – Gramophone

    "Led by violinist Alexander Janiczek, the strings of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century meet their technical challenges head-on. The Larghetto of No 5 is a rare instance of Bach allowing himself and (almost) uncompromised cantabile melody. The players phrase this with a vocal eloquence, and then beautifully float the chains of bittersweet suspensions." – Gramophone

    "That Filippo Mineccia has the full measure for this repertoire is well-known, and he has also laboriously tried out about one hundred arias in order to sort out some real grains of gold for this album. And golden they certainly are […]. This is another highly interesting collection of rare baroque arias, expertly performed […]. The stylish and vivid playing of I musici del gran principe under Samuele Lastrucci, which were new names to me, is utterly commendable." – MusicWeb International

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. CPE Bach: Sinfonia no. 1 in G major Wq 182/1
      • 4. Sinfonia no. 2 in B flat major Wq 182/2
      • 7. Sinfonia no. 3 in C major Wq 182/3
      • 10. Sinfonia no.4 in A major Wq 182/4
      • 13. Sinfonia no. 5 in B minor Wq 182/5
      • 16. Sinfonia no.6 in E major Wq 182/6