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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: La Folia CD

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000MXOV1E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
  2. Andantino
  3. Tempo Di Minuetto
  4. Variations
  5. Allegretto - Presto
  6. Adagio
  7. Allegro
  8. Adagio Ma Non Tanto
  9. Allegro Di Molto
  10. Arioso
  11. Allegretto
  12. Largo Con Sordini
  13. Allegro

Product Description

Variations sur "La Folia" Wq118/9 - Sonate "Sanguineus und Melancholicus" Wq161/1 - Gamba Sonata, Wq137 - Sonate en trio, Wq158 - Sinfonia en ré majeur / The Purcell Quartet & Robert Woolley, clavecin

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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a really terrific disc of some of C.P.E. Bach's best chamber music. Poor old C.P.E. Bach's reputation rather suffers from his being neither his father nor Mozart but living in the period between them. He wasn't, of course, a great composer like those two towering geniuses, but he was a very good one and the music presented here is quality, thoroughly enjoyable stuff. The title "La Folia" is something of a misnomer: the set of variations for harpsichord on the ground bass La Folia last around 8 minutes and in the remaining 50 minutes you get two trio sonatas, a Sinfonia a tre and an excellent gamba sonata. All of it is packed with melodic and harmonic invention and the disc is a delight from start to finish.

The Purcell Quartet are now firmly established as one of the world's finest period chamber ensembles. They are four superb musicians who over the years have forged a really fine musical partnership which is at its best on this disc. The very opening of the disc sets the tone with an allegro of real verve and joy. It's fantastic, and the rest of the disc is just as good with the players bringing the very best from the music.

I have owned the original disc for many years and still play it often and with huge pleasure. Now that it's reissued at budget price it's a real bargain, and I recommend it very warmly indeed.
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This CD is a wonderful treasure chest of chamber music. It is Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach at his best! And The Purcell Quartet made a beautiful recording. The different temperaments and characteristics of his music are wonderful played. If You love the Bach son, this is a great CD with peaces rarely recoded by others.
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HASH(0x9ec27cb4) out of 5 stars Carl Philipp Emanueal Bach's Far Ranging Creativity 14 Jun. 2012
By David J. Friedlander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Purcell Quartet are wonderful in this unique music. C.P.E. Bach is well known for his quirkiness and capturing the range and expression of it all is a formidible challenge. It would be easy and tempting to exaggerate and overplay the jagged and angular flights of fancy in Carl Bach's work. The Purcell Quartet is so perfect here that I can't imagine any other group negotiating a finer line of performance. This music can so easily become off-putting with the sudden shifts of dynamics, rhythm, harmony that pervade throughout. The Purcell's somehow manage to smooth out the phrasing and unexpected gestures so expertly that it all makes great sense. This is so well done that in all truth, this is one of the most enjoyable recitals of C.P.E. that I've ever heard. The period instruments are free of any plagent tones, in fact, I would sum up the total effect as "lush" - not a usual adjective for period instruments! Even the harpsichord has a softness to it that is most pleasing. Magnifique!

The music on the disc is fascinating. The most well known of the tunes would be the pervasively covered 'La Folia'. This tune, actually more a chord progression, became a kind of 'cause celebre' among composers, especially in the 18th century. Search on Amazon music and you'll get almost 200 hits. That's an awful big number for a 300+ year old tune! Of all the versions I've heard (A. Corelli is the most well known) C.P.E.'s, written for solo keyboard is the most far ranging, daring and acrobatic. I guess he was somewhat of a showoff on keyboard, but that is a useful trait for a musician/performer, so can we really place blame for it? I think it was one of the primary driving impulses for him and he likely was just trying to put himself into the music-loving public's mind.

The other piece worth giving special mention is the Trio Sonata in c minor, 'Sanguineus and Meloncholicus'. The idea was to put a conversation into music. We're not talking generalities here, Bach tries to put individual sentences of an argument/discussion into music and it isn't a unique idea to attempt to paint words with music, but it usually is something larger in scope, like a mood or significant change of a character's mindset. The idea of music being so precise so it can actually translate individual thoughts or sentences on a conversation, well that is too great a challenge even for the greatest composer. Nevertheless, the music is interesting and very mercurial as Bach tries to express the subtle specific differences of an ongiong discussion.

The Viola da gamba Sonata in D, WQ137 is a fairly well known piece and certainly one of C.P.E.'s most often recorded chamber works. It is a mellifluous sounding piece, thanks to the resonant tones of a well played viola da gamba. Richard Boothby is one of the best at it and his tone is among the very best in the world. His recordings with Fretwork and the Purcell Quartet have been artistic successes, and he shines brightly here. The opener, Sinfonia a tre voci in D and the closing track Trio Sonata in Bb round out the CD. I thought it was over too quickly though the somewhat slighter than usual 57 minute duration would add to this impression.

The sound is fantastic. I couldn't find a single fault in tone, balance, microphone placement, blend, range...anything. The recording engineer, Anthony Howell certainly deserves mention for his superior work. This is another wonderful disc by the Hyperion/Helios group and now that this is on the budget Helios label, this gets absolutely the highest recommendation. For fans of the Late Baroque/Early Classic period, this would be a great acquisition. For those who enjoy C.P.E. Bach, this is a can't miss. Music lovers in general will find plenty to grab their interest and the superb playing of the Purcell Quartet will give much pleasure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ec250a8) out of 5 stars A terrific disc 12 July 2014
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a really terrific disc of some of C.P.E. Bach's best chamber music. Poor old C.P.E. Bach's reputation rather suffers from his being neither his father nor Mozart but living in the period between them. He wasn't, of course, a great composer like those two towering geniuses, but he was a very good one and the music presented here is quality, thoroughly enjoyable stuff. The title "La Folia" is something of a misnomer: the set of variations for harpsichord on the ground bass La Folia last around 8 minutes and in the remaining 50 minutes you get two trio sonatas, a Sinfonia a tre and an excellent gamba sonata. All of it is packed with melodic and harmonic invention and the disc is a delight from start to finish.

The Purcell Quartet are now firmly established as one of the world's finest period chamber ensembles. They are four superb musicians who over the years have forged a really fine musical partnership which is at its best on this disc. The very opening of the disc sets the tone with an allegro of real verve and joy. It's fantastic, and the rest of the disc is just as good with the players bringing the very best from the music.

I have owned the original disc for many years and still play it often and with huge pleasure. Now that it's reissued at budget price it's a real bargain, and I recommend it very warmly indeed.
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