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Four Stars - Sinfini Music

4 stars

Touted as a forgotten pioneer, CPE Bach shines in the spotlight of this new release from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Recorded live at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2014 under the baton of Rebecca Miller, this recording brings together five symphonies which show Bach at his finest; bursting with daring gestures and unexpected changes of direction, the music drips with drama.


Bach was certainly not overshadowed by his father, Johann Sebastian. He held two of the most prestigious court posts of his day, and was greatly acclaimed by his contemporaries. His music is easily recognised by its surprising juxtapositions, bold colours and adventurous instrumental combinations. Perhaps most striking, though, is the vast expressive range: tender moments are shattered by anguished exclamations, and turbulent passages interrupt buoyant melodies.

This release aims to restore Bach to his former glory and status, and it certainly makes an impression. The OAE’s infectious performance fizzes with energy, delighting in Bach’s volatile moods: blistering virtuoso writing sizzles, while calmer passages are buoyant and bright. Although lyrical passages would benefit from smoother phrasing, their rumbustious playing and direct sound bring Bach’s vivacious music to life.


Artists: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Rebecca Miller


Katy Wright is a writer and PhD student with a particular interest in French and contemporary music.

Katy Wright, Sinfini Music
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