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CPE Bach: Symphonies (Wq 173-175, 178, 180) /Les Amis de Philippe * Remy

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach , Ludger Remy , Les Amis de Philippe Audio CD
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listen  1. Sinfonia in E Minor, Wq. 178, H. 653: I. Allegro assaiAmis de Philippe, Les 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sinfonia in E Minor, Wq. 178, H. 653: II. Andante moderatoAmis de Philippe, Les 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sinfonia in E Minor, Wq. 178, H. 653: III. AllegroAmis de Philippe, Les 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sinfonia in G Major, Wq. 173, H. 648: I. Allegro assaiAmis de Philippe, Les 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sinfonia in G Major, Wq. 173, H. 648: II. Andante - sempre pianoAmis de Philippe, Les 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sinfonia in G Major, Wq. 173, H. 648: III. AllegrettoAmis de Philippe, Les 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sinfonia in F Major, Wq. 175, H. 650: I. Allegro assaiAmis de Philippe, Les 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sinfonia in F Major, Wq. 175, H. 650: II. AndanteAmis de Philippe, Les 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sinfonia in F Major, Wq. 175, H. 650: III. Tempo di MenuettoAmis de Philippe, Les 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sinfonia in C Major, Wq. 174, H. 649: I. Allegro assaiAmis de Philippe, Les 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sinfonia in C Major, Wq. 174, H. 649: II. AndanteAmis de Philippe, Les 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sinfonia in C Major, Wq. 174, H. 649: III. AllegroAmis de Philippe, Les 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sinfonia in G Major, Wq. 180, H, 655: I. Allegro di moltoAmis de Philippe, Les 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sinfonia in G Major, Wq. 180, H, 655: II. LargoAmis de Philippe, Les 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Sinfonia in G Major, Wq. 180, H, 655: III. Allegro assaiAmis de Philippe, Les 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Les Amis de Philippe
  • Conductor: Ludger Remy
  • Composer: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  • Audio CD (December 17, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • ASIN: B000001S1N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you asked a music-lover in Haydn or Mozart's time about the works of Bach, you would have been referring to CPE, and not his dad, the great JS, whose reputation was merely that of a great organist and sometime composer of "historical" music. Not only was CPE universally admired in his lifetime, he also wrote the definitive treatise on contemporary keyboard technique (it's still in use today), collected fine art, and left a superb body of music to future generations. The symphonies are really exciting pieces full of unpredictable turns of phrase and a genuinely passionate emotional expression. These excellent performances make the best possible case for them. --David Hurwitz

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine renditions of CPE symphonies February 11, 2001
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Maestro Remy's recordings of five symphonies by C.P.E. Bach continue his praiseworthy efforts of bringing this composer's music to light; in addition to this disc, he has two others of Emanuel's harpsichord concertos and two more devoted to the composer's "lieder" and sacred songs.
It is clear that the symphonies on this disc do not eclipse the ten symphonies on which Emanuel's symphonic reputation largely rest, the six string symphonies composed for Baron van Swieten (Wq. 182) and the "four orchestral symphonies" (Wq. 183). Most of the music here, with the exception of the e-minor symphony Wq. 178, is not as weighty as that of the Wq. 182-183 sets or as the harpsichord concerti on Remy's other discs. Also, one should not forget that these works were written while Bach was still in Berlin under the employ of Frederick the Great, whose arch-conservative musical tastes no doubt played a role in the kind of music Bach wrote at this time. Nevertheless, even in his lighter music, Emanuel continues to astonish and please with his characteristic surprises. And according to the liner notes, no less a figure than the composer Hasse called Wq. 178, the impressive e-minor work on this disc, the finest symphony he had ever heard.
Ludger Remy and his ensemble Les Amis de Philippe play this music--which Remy himself transcribed from original source materials in the Berlin State Library, since few if any of these symphonies are available in modern editions--with great gusto and verve. One should also note that these symphonies exist in alternative versions of strings alone and strings with wind instruments (i.e., horns, and sometimes oboes, flutes, and bassoons). Remy chooses to play these works in their expanded-forces versions, and the results are impressive. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously raucous August 9, 2004
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It is a well-known adage that if you lived in the eighteenth century and said "Bach", you meant not Johann Sebastian but his second son Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714 - 1788), whose long career at the royal Prussian court in Berlin and then as successor to Telemann in Hamburg, but also, of course, his not inconsiderable musical productivity destined him to be one of the most famous musicians of his age. Today, his life and work stand very much in the shadow of his father, but the period instrument revival of the last 40 years has begun to restore him to favour, at least in the eyes of those who have time for music before Mozart.

Emanuel Bach wrote 19 symphonies: nine of them while he was still in Berlin, the other ten in Hamburg. The Berlin symphonies seem to have been scored for strings only, but had wind parts added later. The first set of Hamburg symphonies, Wq. 182,1-6, were written at the behest of Baron van Swieten (well-known to readers of Mozart biographies) and are for strings only. The last four symphonies, Wq. 183, are in twelve parts for an orchestra of about 40 musicians including horns, oboes, flutes and bassoons. It seems that none of these works was written to satisfy popular taste or demand, and Emanuel Bach, whose effective life as a composer spans the periods known to students of German literature as "Empfindsamkeit" (sensibility) and "Sturm und Drang" (usually infelicitously translated as "storm and stress"), took the opportunity of creating short, but brilliant pieces full of originality and individualism - so full, in fact, that even contemporaries complained that he had sacrificed comprehensibility to originality. Repeated notes, leaps, sudden breaks, rapid changes of tempo, sudden horn blasts ... the list could go on.
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