CPE Bach: Symphonies — review

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CPE Bach

Symphonies

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

(Signum Classics)

It is not possible to see the sparks, but you can certainly hear them. This disc of five symphonies by CPE Bach, one of JS (Bach’s) many sons, sets off at a cracking pace.

Musical fashion had moved on since his father’s cantatas and fugues, and CPE was at the cutting edge of the elegant new classical style in advance of Haydn and Mozart.

Conductor Rebecca Miller and the OAE gave this all-CPE Bach concert last year to mark the composer’s tercentenary.

The music’s ebullient sense of discovery courses through the performances and the live recording is vivid.

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