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4.6 out of 5 stars

on 28 February 2014
This box set of 10 quality discs is an absolute bargain. CPE Bach is an intriguing composer and is never boring or predictable. The vast majority of the recordings are top class and I have found all of them to be rewarding to listen to. Some are outstanding e.g. Staier's sonatas. Unless you are allergic to the harpsichord you will not be disappointed.
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on 28 June 2015
I would agree that this is a bargain in terms of quality of music. CPE was a true original - a pioneer in the transition from Baroque to classical and occasionally startlingly off the wall. I particularly like "The Last Sufferings of the Saviour", with a superb tenor aria completely unknown to me, called Wende Dich Za Meinem, which ought to be anthologised more. BUT - out of the 10 CDs, three are flawed pressings, and stick towards the end of the CD. This is more than just a chance factory error, it's sloppy quality control. It is now four months since I bought them, outside the Amazon replacement time, so I'll just have to content myself with enjoying the other seven. (Still under £2 a disc, so can't be bad.)
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on 25 April 2014
great value box set with almost all worthwhile music in good to excellent performances and adequate to very good recording quality - CPE Bach has risen even further in my estimation since I purchased this - thanks previous reviewers!
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on 1 October 2015
Although not new recordings (mostly 1990s) these are pleasing, interesting performances. An excellent introduction to CPE's fascinating music.
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on 29 December 2015
Good price, good music and good recording!
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on 30 October 2014
Excellent quality at an amazing price
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on 20 December 2014
very prompt, excellent value
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on 28 November 2014
An excellent and great value box-set. Thankyou for the great service. Paul
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on 6 August 2015
an excellent album
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on 3 March 2014
I want to start this review with a tiny quibble. CD 1 is an excellent model of what I would have liked all the cardboard sleeves to be like - each piece catalogued with H number and Wq number and a date of composition so that I could fit it into what I knew of C.P. E Bach's life. There are 33 pieces of his work from early to late with one appearing twice. (Sinfonia in C on both CD 4 and 6). I knew that C.P.E. Bach was one of the great keyboard players of the 18th century. CD 1 has some excellent work by Andreas Staier playing harpsichord from the earlier years of C.P.E's life, and fortepiano from the last years. On the harpsichord I paritcularly like the 12 variations on La Folie d'Espagne, on the fortepiano the Freye Fantasie in F sharp minor revealing his 'sensitive style'. CD's 4 and 5 have Organ Sonatas and Concertos from the 1750s during his time in Berlin at the Court of King Frederick of Prussia. CD 7 has some of his earlier chamber works showing the influence of his father, J.S.Bach. There is some lovely flute playing on this CD. The concertos from the decades of his composing life are distributed throughout the CDs. From the 1740s comes the Concerto in F for 2 harpsichords (CD 3), from 1750s come a Cello Concerto (CD 8) and two Organ Concertos (CD 4), from 1760s a Sonatina for 2 harpsichords and orchestra,(CD 3), and an Oboe Concerto in E flat (CD 6), from the 1770s a Harpsichord Concerto in C minor, and from the last year of his life a wonderful Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Fortepiano. There are three Sinfonias from 1773 during his Hamburg years on CD 6. There is great dynamic energy and excellent playing from the Freiburger Barockorchester under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock. But I have saved commenting on the best till last. There is a tremendous Magnificat from 1749 (revised later in life). (CD 8) On CDs 9 and 10 there is trully great Oratorio- Passion Music 'The Last Sufferings of the Saviour' - tender arias and recitatives and powerful choral singing. CD 2 has some lovely chamber music dated from 1788 and played by Les Adieux. I would love to know why the works are called Quartets and seem to be played just by fortepiano, flute and viola.
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