One of the most grown-up review sites around

2021
54,514 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

 

paid for
advertisements



TROUBADISC

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas


FOGHORN Classics


Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets


New Releases

Naxos Classical


Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount



Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage



Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


 

REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

 

Recordings of the Month

January


Linda BUCKLEY
From Ocean’s Floor

December


Conner Riddle Songs


Rodzinski Sibelius


Of Innocence and Experience

November


Symphonies 1, 2, 3


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788)
Symphony in G major, Wq 182/1 (H 657) [10:17]
Symphony in B flat, Wq 182/2 (H 658) [9:15]
Symphony in C, Wq 182/3 (H 659) (1773) [10:17]
Symphony in A, Wq 182/4 (H 660) (1773) [11:54]
Symphony in B minor, Wq 182/5 (H 661) (1773) [11:17]
Symphony in E, Wq 182/6 (H 662) (1773) [8:57]
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra/Sakari Oramo
rec. 28-31 August 2013, Snellman Hall, Kokkola.
ALBA ABCD 374 [63:11]

This is an excellent recording and performance of the six String Symphonies Wq 182 by C.P.E. Bach. The first notes grab you, and the extremes of contrast from the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra create by turns symphonic tumult and the lightest of finesse. The strings are given some rhythmic edge with a harpsichord continuo as is the tradition with this period of music and with most recordings, the balance of which is not over-present, enhancing rather than distracting.

There are indeed a few other recorded versions of C.P.E. Bach’s String Symphonies around. That with the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hartmut Haenchen (see review) has been a reliable option for some time, with sharp dynamic contrasts and a rhythmic crispness emphasised by an arguably over-present continuo harpsichord. The Naxos label has a decent set on 8.553285 with the Capella Istropolitana conducted by Christian Benda which has if anything a lighter touch and a bouncy, chamber music feel. One of the more recent recordings is that directed by Wolfram Christ on the Haenssler Classic label CD98.637. With a fortepiano continuo and superb musicianship from the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra this one is hard to beat.

The snappy pace, technical prowess and stylish Úlan of the performances on this Alba release put it into the top rank of recordings in this repertoire, and if 5.1 multichannel SACD sound is the clincher then this CD can easily top your list of choices, and will never let you down. From top to bottom the sound is excellent, with refined smoothness from the upper strings which can dig deep when required, right down to satisfyingly toothsome resonance from the basses. If you are in any doubt about this have a listen to the Adagio of Wq 182 No. 3, which has some startling bass interjections which wouldn’t sound out of place in Beethoven’s own Gewitter, Sturm. As the booklet notes indicate, these symphonies represent C.P.E. Bach’s Empfindsam style at its very best, which is to say high-octane 18th century music whose drama is far removed from Galant tameness. If you don’t know these pieces or even if you do, I strongly suggest you treat yourself to this recording.

Dominy Clements