C P E BACH Cello Concerto in a, Wq 170

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788), also formerly spelled Karl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second (surviving) son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. His second name was given in honor of his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann, a friend of Johann Sebastian Bach. C. P. E. Bach was an influential composer working at a time of transition between his father's baroque style and the classical and romantic styles that followed it. His personal approach, an expressive and often turbulent one known as empfindsamer Stil or 'sensitive style', applied the principles of rhetoric and drama to musical structures. Bach's dynamism stands in deliberate contrast to the more mannered galant style also then in vogue. He was known as the "Berlin Bach" or the "Hamburg Bach".

Adapted by the composer from his Harpsichord Concerto in A minor, H.430 "The Cello Concerto in A minor (Wq. 170) was written around 1750 and has survived in two other, slightly modified versions for flute (Wq. 166) and harpsichord (Wq. 26). Its impetuous opening movement, inflamed with the eccentric extravagance of a musical Sturm und Drang, disregards all calls for an evenly balanced symmetry." - Roman Hinke 

 VIDEO: Cello - Peter Bruns Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (2001)


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