Linda Nicholson - C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas H 138-139; Clavierstücke

Linda Nicholson - C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas H 138-139; Clavierstücke
Recording Location:
Forde Abbey, (Dorset), Great Hall
Genre:
Album:
C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas H 138-139; Clavierstücke
Recording Date:
February 21, 1988 - February 22, 1988
Styles:
Keyboard
Duration:
01:02:50
Artist:

This album is part of a series, released on the Capriccio label in 1991 and devoted to the keyboard music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. It was reissued on Phoenix Edition in 2011, by which time there were still very few choices for most of the music. Consider the two sets of Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke (Short and Easy Keyboard Pieces) recorded here. Student works, they represent C.P.E. Bach's musical thinking in miniature structures in some cases just a few seconds long. They're consistently intriguing. Various keyboardists are represented in the series; this one features Britain's Linda Nicholson playing a clavichord. That's an attraction in itself. The clavichord was quite common as a domestic instrument, and when one is used for sonatas like the three C.P.E. Bach works included here, there's no need to try to explain the dynamic markings that sometimes appear in his music, for the clavichord, unlike the harpsichord, was capable of dynamic gradations. Nicholson doesn't stint in applying them, favoring heavy left-hand chords that make the music seem even choppier and quirkier than in other readings. Yet the small Kurze und leichte Clavierstücke included (21 of them in all) make quite clear the degree to which these qualities were basic to C.P.E.'s language. The Keyboard Sonata in D minor, Wq 50/4, is a good example of the composer's Sturm und Drang idiom, and it is here where Nicholson's approach is at its strongest. Recommended, especially for those who have never heard music of this period played on a clavichord; even some of Mozart's early keyboard pieces benefit from being performed this way.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Sonata in A minor, Wq 50/3, H 138
1. Allegretto / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson4:25
2. Largo / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson2:39
3. Allegro moderato ma innocentemente / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson3:20
Sonata in G major, Wq 50/2, H 137
1. Allegretto / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson6:08
2. Poco adagio / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson2:25
3. Allegro assai / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson2:47
Sonata in D minor, Wq 50/4, H 139
1. Allegretto grazioso / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson5:25
2. Adagio sostenuto / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:41
3. Allegro / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson4:29
Allegro in G major, H 193 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson0:57
Arioso. Andante in C major, H 194 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:05
Fantasia. Allegro assai in D minor, H 195 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson0:22
Minuetto, H 196 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson2:51
Alla polacca in A minor, H 197 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:24
Allegretto in D major, H 198 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson0:58
Alla polacca in B minor, H 199 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:18
Allegretto in A major, H 200 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:07
Andante e sostenuto in G minor, H 201 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:19
Presto in B flat major, H 202 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson0:41
Allegro in D minor, H 203 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:11
Allegro di molto in F major, H 228 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson0:36
Andante e grazioso in G minor, H 229 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson2:13
Presto in C minor, H 230 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:07
Minuetto, H 231 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson2:49
Alla polacca in D major, H 232 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson0:59
Alla polacca in E flat major, H 233 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:40
Fantasia. Allegretto in D minor, H 234 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:08
Allegro in E major, H 235 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:06
Allegretto in A major, H 236 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson2:02
Andante in C major, H 237 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:28
Poco allegro in E minor, H 238 / Carl Philipp Emanuel BachLinda Nicholson1:10

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