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CPE Bach: Württemberg Sonatas [Mahan Esfahani] [Hyperion: CDA67995]

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  • Performer: Mahan Esfahani
  • Composer: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  • Audio CD (6 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00FMUX7YO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sonata in A minor H30 | Moderato [4'40]
2. Sonata in A minor H30 | Andante [3'13]
3. Sonata in A minor H30 | Allegro assai [3'35]
4. Sonata in A flat major H31 | Un poco allegro [5'10]
5. Sonata in A flat major H31 | Adagio [3'27]
6. Sonata in A flat major H31 | Allegro [4'30]
7. Sonata in E minor H33 | Allegro [6'03]
8. Sonata in E minor H33 | Adagio [4'12]
9. Sonata in E minor H33 | Vivace [3'39]
10. Sonata in B flat major H32 | Un poco allegro [4'19]
11. Sonata in B flat major H32 | Andante [3'42]
12. Sonata in B flat major H32 | Allegro [4'29]
13. Sonata in E flat major H34 | Allegro [5'22]
14. Sonata in E flat major H34 | Adagio [3'23]
15. Sonata in E flat major H34 | Allegro assai [3'27]
16. Sonata in B minor H36 | Moderato [5'00]
17. Sonata in B minor H36 | Adagio non molto [4'22]
18. Sonata in B minor H36 | Allegro [3'32]

Product Description

Product Description

Hyperion is delighted to present the debut recording of the wonderful young harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. He was the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist or to be awarded a fellowship prize by the Borletti- Buitoni Trust. Here Mahan Esfahani has recorded CPE Bach's six 'Württemberg' sonatas, which were written in 17423 and published in 1744, and his thrillingly intense performances make the best possible case for this dramatic, beautifully written, endlessly imaginative but for some reason under-performed music. The sonatas range stylistically from initial stirrings of Sturm und Drang in keyboard music to sublime imitations of the human voice, with nods to the High Baroque and the idiom of CPE Bach's more famous father. Mahan writes in his booklet notes that 'Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach makes the most combative statement possible to assert his new musical language'.

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CPE Bach: Wurttemberg Sonatas Esfahani Hyperion CDA67995 This, his first solo disc, provides a particularly welcome introduction onto the stage for an artist matching , in expression CPE Bach himself. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC RECORDING OF THE MONTH --BBC Music Magazine, Feb'14

Though not as significant as any of last year's high-profile musical centenaries, 2014 does see the tercentenary of the birth of JS Bach's second son, Carl Philipp Emanuel. Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani gets his anniversary tribute in early, grouping together the six keyboard sonatas published in 1744, dedicated to the Duke of Württemberg. As Esfahani points out in his sleeve notes, when the works appeared, JS Bach had yet to write his final works, including The Musical Offering and The Art of Fugue, yet the set of three-movement sonatas was composed on the cusp of classicism. Esfahani's performances wonderfully convey the sense of the younger Bach flexing his muscles in the new musical language that he was involved in creating. The instrument Esfahani plays them on, a modern copy of a harpsichord from the beginning of the 18th century, and the way it is tuned, seem to emphasise the transitional feel of the music, too; there's an almost fortepiano-like solidity to the sound, with crisp definition in both the high and low registers that matches its expressive ambitions perfectly. --Guardian, 23/1/14

The elusive fusion of thematic intricacy, Baroque rhetoric and proto-classical Sturm and Drang offered by the instrument are caught perfectly by Esfahani's supple touch and disarming sense of rhetorical pacing. GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone,Feb'14

(Esfahani's) playing: sure minded and vividly realized, it holds the attention with ease and is a pleasure to hear. This is an excellent recording and it can be thoroughly recommended. --IRR, Feb'14

Critics Choice --Gramophone, Dec'14

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Fournier on 16 Mar. 2014
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These remarkable sonatas which usher in C.P.E. Bach's new musical language were written when Papa J.S. was still to create his important late works.the first sonata on the disc is fiery, brilliant and turbulent, whereas in contrast the second deals in the interplay of timbre and Affekt and displays the composer,s gift for imitating the human voice via the harpsichord. These sonatas are the work of a talented young composer 'seeking his voice'; anticipating new developments in music while benefiting from the solid grounding received from his father.
The playing of Mahan Ispahani is quite brilliant, and serve this delicious music excellently.

I recommend this disc highly:it will delight and not disappoint!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By r.b. on 14 Mar. 2014
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CPE Bach published this set of sonatas in 1744 just a couple of years after his so called Prussian sonatas and already a change of style can be detected.In the Wurttemberg sonatas a more restless or sturm und drang manner is audible and it's clear that CPE was focussed towards a more individual style of composition to set himself apart from his contemporaries.The Wurttemberg sonatas are unpredictable but highly imaginative music that show the 30 year old Bach already well on his way to establishing his own identity.

It reqiures a true keyboard master to perform this music as well as a special understanding of how to interpret the score so hats off to Mahan Esfahani in this,his debut cd recording.His performance is superb as he negotiates CPE Bach's complex rhythem's with ablomb and his replica Mietke harpsichord is extremely well captured by the sound engineers.

What a terrific disc this is and anybody interested in the gifts of CPE Bach as well as simply great harpsichord playing should acquire a copy without hesitation.This release introduces Mahan Esfahani onto the worlds stage and displays what an incredibly talanted harpsichordist he already is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By allenr on 10 Aug. 2014
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Brilliantly recorded. Esfahani is a true talent. Sonatas very appealing
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms E M Sole on 19 May 2014
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A passionate, inspired performance of these youthful, vibrant sonatas by CPE Bach - a fitting celebration for the tercentenary by an equally talented young artist of the 21st century!
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By Malcolm Bateson on 10 July 2015
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Wonderful stuff on the harpsichord.
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