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CPE Bach Symphonies Review: Expressive and Sensitive

Four Stars

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s symphonies are rarely less than startling. Harmonically, rhythmically and in terms of texture and instrumental colour they possess a boldness that renders them musically interesting as well as historically significant in signalling the way from the Baroque to the Classical era.

Here the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the spirited direction of Rebecca Miller plays five of CPE Bach’s symphonies, calling on that “historically aware” timbre and manner of performance in which the OAE specialises and also finding the music’s pulse and heart. It is not mere brilliance that distinguishes CPE Bach’s music, nor indeed just the energy of his ideas: there is, in the central slow movements of these symphonies, a quality of expressiveness and sensitivity – usually referred to by the German noun Empfindsamkeit – that these interpretations appreciate with the same acuity that marks their approach to the more propulsive music.

Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph
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