C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos

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C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos
Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Arcangelo Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 2 September 2016

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The unpredictable and 'fantastical' qualities which are so fundamental to the music of C P E Bach are here given free rein by Nicolas Altstaedt, aided and abetted by Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo in performances of astonishing brio.

"If any disc can persuade you that C.P.E. Bach is far more than a 'niche' composer, it is surely this one. Excellent notes from Richard Wigmore set the seal on what will surely be regarded as one of the recordings of the year. Unmissable!" (Europadisc)

"The first thing to say about his performances here is that they are as technically near-flawless as it is possible to come and that the solo playing throughout owns to a rich tonal beauty evoking a bewitching sensuality." (Earlymusic)

"Nicolas Altstaedt and the sinewy warmth of his 1760 Gigli are a great fit for this often rather wild music. Arcangelo under Cohen also breathe the music, capturing the frequent storminess but also bringing substantial dignity, their zing coming from their actual tone and lucid textural balance; listen to the C major luminosity with which they open that previously mentioned A minor Concerto's slow movement. All in all, a great listen." (Gramophone)

"This recording captures all the fiery wit of orchestral-soloist banter." BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017 - Concerto Winner


Cello Concerto in A minor H432 Wq170 [24'01]
1 Allegro assai [9'37]
2 Andante [7'54]
3 Allegro assai [6'30]

Cello Concerto in B flat major H436 Wq171 [21'13]
4 Allegretto [8'01]
5 Adagio [7'16]
6 Allegro assai [5'56]

Cello Concerto in A major H439 Wq172 [19'22]
7 Allegro [6'11]
8 Largo con sordini, mesto [8'21]
9 Allegro assai [4'50]