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C P E Bach: Sonatas & Rondos
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Mikhail Pletnev can be a maddening pianist in that he can be willful to a fault in some of his performances. For instance, I thought his Schumann disc was simply awful -- I will admit others disagree with that opinion -- although it was obvious he had thought about what he was doing; still it seemed self-indulgent and wayward.
In this collection of C.P.E Bach piano music, though, Pletnev's approach and the music at hand are a perfect match. The younger Bach's music is fanciful, if anything, and it caroms all over the place. That's one of the hallmarks of rococo music and C.P.E. is one of the torch-bearers for that style. The booklet writer talks about the music's 'bizarrerie' and that's a perfect word for it. I suspect this is so in Bach's music because he was trying to forge a new style at least partly in reaction to his father's mathematical precision. This is not 'pre-classical' music in the sense that it presages the style about to come to fruition with Haydn and Mozart. Rather, it is a side-street that probably had more influence on the Romantic period that came after those classical masters. Certainly Bach's tendency was to go where his emotions took him, rather than to force his music into forms that tradition dictated. However that may be, the music is delightful in its own idiosyncratic way and if one simply goes with it, wherever it leads, one is caught up in its emotionality.
Pletnev does this music proud. Indeed, I've not heard anyone approach him in piano music from this period. His virtuosity is breathtaking in the presto movements. There and elsewhere he seems to be innately in tune with the style (although, I imagine this is not so much innate as due to Pletnev's careful analysis of the music he's playing) and I quite enjoy the journey he takes us on.
This CD has brought me a great deal of pleasure over the months that I've owned it. I think it bids fair to do the same for just about anyone who hears it.
Scott Morrison
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Having for many years not bothered to listen to any music from JS Bach's offspring, I recently started to discover some of the concerti by JC and CPE Bach, via mp3 downloads as I was interested particularly in early Classical Period viola and cello music. As a result of those purchases, my Amazon recommendations page prompted me to look at this CD and I took a chance on it based on some of the samples I listened to. I bought the full CD version as I wanted to have the booklet with notes etc. I was pretty sure it would be imaginative playing because I know Pletnev's performances (on CD) quite well, and also knowing that he recorded an excellent series of Scarlatti sonatas, which I enjoyed very much. So when I received this CPE Bach CD of Pletnev's and played it, I was not only reassured of my impulse buy, but I was delighted by the sheer depth and invention of the compositions. For someone who wrote sonatas pre-Mozart's great solo piano works, I was quite taken aback by the amount of "sturm und drang" that some of these CPE Bach keyboard works have, and their transfer from (presumably in Bach's days) harpsichord or early fortepiano to the modern Piano works extremely well because of the range and depth of the compositions.

One thing I am not sure about is the amount of rubato and wide dynamic changes and accents in quick succession, which may or may not be in the original editions and therefore occasionally I do wonder if I am listening to an idiosyncratic "Pletnev edition" or if in actual fact the interpretations are speaking for CPE Bach as opposed to for Pletnev. The rubati do sometimes feel like they are taking away from some of the works' natural momentum (especially the faster movements), but without examining all of the piano scores, I would not be able to tell for sure. I did check one at random (Sonata in C minor WQ. 65/31) and apart from not observing all dynamics printed to the letter (well most soloists do that at one time or another) Pletnev does indeed add his own rubatos and dynamic extremes, so take from that what you will. It's just a personal taste matter for me perhaps.

So, regardless of a couple of reservations on my part, I say many thanks to Mr Pletnev for jogging me out of my ignorance of such an accomplished composer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2008
I bought this disc after reading Scott Morrison's review with which, now, I can only agree. I already owned the Naxos album (8.557450) of C.P.E.Bach's Sonatas & Rondos played by Christopher Hinterhuber and was pleased to note that the only duplication between the two discs was of the Sonata in F sharp minor (of which I am particularly fond, anyway). That track provides an opportunity for comparison: on my equipment, the quality of the Pletnev recording sounds slightly superior but, while different, Hinterhuber's interpretation is no less pleasing.

If you like the Pletnev album and would like to hear some more of C.P.E.Bach's keyboard music I recommend the Hinterhuber album.
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on 12 March 2013
If you've ever wondered which of Bach's sons came closest to inheriting his genius, then my money's on Carl Philip Emmanuel, on the evidence of this astonishing recording. No doubt professional musicologists are already familiar with his greatness, but to the ordinary lover of classical music Pletnev's scintillating and quirky performance of this little-known keyboard music comes with the force of a revelation. Its originality is amply demonstrated from the very first track. When C P E Bach plays safe, yes, he's not that unusual; but the works that he was cautious about publishing in his own lifetime are truly innovative, distinctive and unparallelled.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
Whenever I read that CPE Bach should be ranked with his Old Man - and similar claims are made of `human footnotes' such as Bononcini and Cavalli - I wonder whether Keith Richards is back in charge of the water supply with something more than fluoridation on the agenda.

To laugh.

Being 18th Century-centric as I am, I've listened to copious amounts of CPE over the years. To my mind, he represents the triumph of intelligence over talent where the latter is very much in the mix. In terms of their impact upon the listener, all of the great composers share the same motto as the Olympics: Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger. CPE's powers are fitful. He commands attention even if so little of it resonates as afterglow. Take this recital: other than a general impression of inventiveness, I am hard pressed to remember a single melody upon its closure. Is it really divisible into six sonatas and a few rondos? Which ones are more mature, chronology-wise? I can't tell. The twenty two tracks, sad to say, blend into one another like a procession of Klavierstücke. There are moments of beauty and consolation (such as 4'15ff in the slow movement of the F Sharp Minor) and cleverness (the finale of WQ 62/19). When it comes, however, to a work such as the Rondo in D Minor which Pletnev plays so masterfully, it is almost energy in search of a melody. Much the same could be said of the first movement of WQ 62/19 which borders dangerously on note-spinning.

All power to the Russian virtuoso, his Steinway and Deutsche Grammophon for championing this fine music to the imprecations of the Period Practice Taliban; the endeavour is so much more meritorious than recording another version of Chopin's mazurkas. It won't bring the rain but it will certainly make you think.
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on 26 March 2013
Yet another great recording from Pletnev. I bought this after buying the Homage to Racmaninov cd and the Scriabin preludes and sonatas and was amazed at how revealing this recording is, both of the composer and Pletnev's interpretative skills. I had bought a copy of his Scarlatti cd and loved the varying tempos and sly wit displayed and was not disappointed in this cd which displays the same insight and total command of the keyboard from the very first notes of the first sonata played. It's getting to the point of only wanting to listen to Pletnev and no one else.!
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on 13 May 2014
Excellent performances and recording of these unusual works by Pletnev, in places displaying his impressive keyboard skills. Pletnev shows a true understanding of these keyboard pieces, especially within his detailed improvisations.
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on 1 June 2015
divine. Absolutely perfect. CPE Bach for the real enthusiast
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