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C P E Bach - Solo Keyboard Music Volume 23
Sonatas from 1750-58 and other pieces
Bach, C P E:
Clavierstück für die rechte oder linke Hand allein, Wq117/1 (H241)
Fantasia in D minor, Wq117/12 (H224)
Fantasia in G major, Wq117/11 (H223)
Fantasia in D major, Wq 117/14
Fugue in D minor, Wq119/2 (H99)
Sonata in G major, Wq62/11 (H63)
Sonata in G major, Wq62/14 (H77)
Sonata in C minor, Wq65/31 (H121)
Sonata in A major, Wq65/32 (H135)
Solfeggio in A major, Wq117/4 (H222)
Solfeggio in E flat major, Wq117/3 (H221)
Solfeggio in C minor, Wq117/2 (H220)
In his acclaimed series of C.P.E. Bach's music for solo keyboard, Miklós Spányi has constructed a programme consisting of four sonatas from the 1750's, including the closing Sonata in A major (Wq65/32).
The sonatas are interspersed with a number of shorter pieces: Solfeggios and Fantasias composed mainly to be used in the teaching of Bach's own students.
Particularly interesting is the Fantasia in D major, Wq117/14, an example of Bach's ‘free fantasias’ which is completely unmeasured, requiring the performer to devise his or her own appropriate rhythm in the style of an improvisation.
Of his most recent disc in the series, International Record Review wrote 'Anyone expecting a chaste, Dresden-china simplicity is in for a culture schock as Spányi probes beneath the surface of Bach's highly articulate musical surfaces with a temporal plasticity that creates the impression of living, breathing musical organisms.'
“Spanyi's inspiring touch adds magic on this delicate instrument. Gentle tonal subtlety provides rich rewards.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012
“Vol. 23 is a veritable box of delights...We can revel in the sheer variety of JSB's most outlandish son, with music from the frankly weird to the exultantly brilliant.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
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Volume 3 - CPE Bach & Britten
The word liaison can be translated in many ways: affair, affinity, connection, link, relationship, union. The CDs in the Liaisons series each feature two particular composers, enabling us to explore their musical worlds, sources of inspiration and degree of influence. At the same time, the recordings reveal their most conspicuous differences and their common denominators. Some of these composers are not often heard together (for example D. Scarlatti & Bartók or C.Ph.E. Bach & Britten). However, when time barriers and stylistic differences are put aside, many similarities may be discovered: as if the dialect is different, but the language common. On the other hand, composers who we may imagine to be very similar and easy to combine in any programme (for example Schumann & Brahms), reveal a whole new world of diversity and contrast when heard together. Through a careful choice of composers and compositions on each CD, the Liaisons series offers a bright spectrum of colours, variety and dynamic range, challenging the listener anew with every release.
The present third volume combines the very few original works for piano solo by Benjamin Britten with C.Ph.E. Bach's Prussian Sonatas. Britten's pieces, in all their minimalism, "unusual purity" (Arvo Pärt), perfect clarity and sometimes even emotionally restricted formality, contrast with the emerging Sturm und Drang atmosphere of Bach's sonatas, with their freedom and variety of structural design, lucid style, delicate and tender expression, inventiveness and extreme unpredictability. Dejan Lazic
“The modern Steinway grand seems a bit of a blunt instrument to convey the full range of Bach's individuality, but Lazic's fastidiously articulated fingerwork and his feel for CPE's cultivated waywardness are persuasive. He toys with the finale of the D minor Sonata like a precision-powered cat with a mouse, and La Bohmer positively fizzes. He also turns the pages of Britten's pungent Holiday Diary with a compelling, sometimes Puckish, narrative flair.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****
“This is Vol. 3 of Lazic's series entitled 'Liaisons' - unexpected pairings of composers who we might not necessarily expect to have much in common...Lazic's unpredictable union works surprisingly well. His feather-light despatch of the D minor Sonata's last-movement variations almost melts into the first of Britten's early Five Waltzes.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
“The Bach/Britten pairing is a useful one, and it does throw up some interesting similarities and contrasts, but the real pleasure resides in Lazic’s magical readings of the Britten pieces.” MusicWeb International, March 2012
“Lazic plays with palpable heart, with genuine spirit that derives entirely from the music itself, with dexterity, subtlety and insight that make this recital thoroughly compelling.” The Telegraph, 20th October 2011 ****
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