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CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH  

(1714 - 1788)

The second son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach by his first wife, CPE Bach was recognised as one of the greatest harpsichordists of his time. After study at university, a privilege denied his father, he became harpsichordist to the Crown Prince of Prussia, later Frederick the Great, and left his service in 1767 after the death of his godfather Telemann, whom he succeeded as director of music of the five city churches of Hamburg. He was greatly respected both as a composer and as a friend of some of the most distinguished writers and thinkers of his time. In 1755 he published his influential Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments. From his very considerable output, his sonatas for flute and harpsichord remain an attractive part of chamber music repertoire, and his symphonies written for Baron van Swieten, arbiter elegantium in Vienna, a man whose taste was generally trusted in artistic matters, are similarly notable. Music by CPE Bach is often listed with a reference number from the catalogue of his works by Wotquenne (Wq).

Orchestral Music

CPE Bach wrote a set of six string symphonies, Wq. 182, for Baron van Swieten—diplomat, Court Librarian in Vienna and patron of Haydn and Mozart—as well as a set of four orchestral symphonies, Wq. 183, that include wind instruments. Four flute concertos, Wq. 166–9, are arranged from the composer’s own harpsichord concertos, as are the three cello concertos, Wq. 170–2, and the oboe concertos, Wq. 164–5.

Chamber Music

The varied chamber music of CPE Bach includes five sonatas for flute and harpsichord, Wq. 83–7, five trio sonatas for flute, violin and basso continuo, Wq. 143–7, and an unusual sonata for solo flute, Wq. 132.

Keyboard Music

CPE Bach wrote a great deal of music for the instruments on which he was acknowledged to be pre-eminent as a performer: the harpsichord and the gentler clavichord. These include six sonatas, Wq. 49, and twelve variations on the best known of contemporary themes for variations, La Folie d’Espagne, Wq. 118.9.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Mozart’s Contemporaries Naxos 8.505078

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Art and Music: Canaletto - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558177
Concertos
BACH FAMILY (MUSIC OF THE) Capriccio
C51117
Concertos, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
BACH FAMILY (Sacred Music) Capriccio
C49432
Choral - Sacred
BACH FAMILY (Sacred Music) Capriccio
C7100
Choral - Sacred
BACH SONS (THE) – BACH, J.C.F. / BACH, W.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. (Music of the Bach Sons) (Concerto Koln) Capriccio
C10283
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. / BACH, J.S.: Keyboard Concertos (Injushina, Hamburger Camerata, Gothoni) Ondine
ODE1224-2
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, W.F.: Sinfonias Naxos
8.553289
Orchestral
BACH, C.P.E. / MARCELLO, A.: Oboe Concertos Naxos
8.550556
Concertos, Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: 1786 Charity Concert (The) - A Revival (Rademann) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20320
Classical Concert
BACH, C.P.E.: Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu (Die) / Gott hat den Herrn auferweckt (Schlick, Pregardien, Schwarz, Elliott, Max) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix456
Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E.: C.P.E. Bach Edition (Symphonies, Concertos, Keyboard Music, Flute Sonatas, Vocal Music) Capriccio
C49367
Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music, Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Instrumental, Concertos, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Instrumental, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E.: Cello Concertos - Wq. 170-172 (Strahl, Concerto Avenna, Mysinski) CD Accord
CDAccordACD039
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Cello Concertos, Wq. 170-172 Naxos
8.553298
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Clavichord Sonatas (Nicholson) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix451
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Fantasies / Rondos / Sonatas (Fuller) Gramola Records
Gramola98915
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Flute Concertos (Complete) Naxos
8.555715-16
Concertos, Instrumental, Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Flute Concertos (Haupt, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Haenchen) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix446
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Flute Concertos in G Major / D Minor / A Major (Trevisani, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Orbelian) Delos
DE3312
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Flute Sonatas (Haupt, Thalheim, Pank) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix452
Chamber Music
BACH, C.P.E.: Geistliche Gesange / Gellerts Geistliche Oden und Lieder / BACH, J.C.F.: Musikalisches Vierlerley / Munters Geistlich Lieder (Schwarz) Capriccio
C10856
Vocal
BACH, C.P.E.: Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt (Der) / BENDA, G.: Du wagst es / ALTNICKOL, J.C.: Frohlocket und jauchzet (Max) Capriccio
C67192
Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E.: Hamburg Sinfonias Nos. 1 - 6, Wq. 182 Naxos
8.553285
Orchestral
BACH, C.P.E.: Harp Sonata in G Major / Oboe Sonata in A Minor / Solo in G Minor / BACH, J.S.: Oboe Sonata in G Minor (Schellenberger, Suss, Stoll) Campanella Musica
C130021
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Concerto, Wq. 14 / BACH, W.F.: Harpsichord Concerto, Fk. 41 / BACH, J.C.: Harpsichord Concerto, W. C73 (Schornsheim) Capriccio
C10580
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Concertos - Wq. 34, 35 / Preludio, Wq. 70/7 / Fantasia and Fugue, Wq. 119 (Munch, Kirbach) Capriccio
C71123
Instrumental, Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Music (Togni) Dynamic
CDS7762
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Sonatas Naxos
8.553640
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Sonatas - H. 30, 187, 244 (Stawarz) CD Accord
CDAccordACD134
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Sonatas (Goverts, fortepiano) Divox
CDX-70303
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Keyboard Sonatas, Wq. 48, "Prussian Sonatas" (Alexander-Max) Naxos
8.572674
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Magnificat / BACH, J.C.: Tantum ergo (Schneider) Capriccio
C67003
Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E.: Oboe Concertos / BACH, J.C.: Oboe Concerto in F Major (Glaetzner, Pommer) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix449
Concertos
BACH, C.P.E.: Organ Concertos, Vol. 3 - Wq, 34, 35 (Munch) Capriccio
C10135
Concertos, Instrumental, Concertos, Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Organ Concertos, Wq. 34 and 35 (Munch, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Haenchen) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix450
Instrumental, Concertos, Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Organ Sonatas, Wq. 65/32 and 70/2-6 (Quinn) Naxos
8.573424
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Piano Music (Spiri) Orfeo
C639061A
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Rondos / Fantasias (Schornsheim) Capriccio
C5201
Instrumental
BACH, C.P.E.: Sinfonia, Wq. 179 / BACH, J.S.: Suite (Overture) No. 5 / BACH, J.C.F.: Sinfonia, W. 1/3 (Music of Bach's Sons) (Labadie) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90239
Orchestral
BACH, C.P.E.: Sinfonias, Wq. 182 and 183, H. 657-666 (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Haenchen) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix443
Orchestral
BACH, C.P.E.: Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord, Wq. 83-87 (Drahos, Pertis) Naxos
8.550513
Chamber Music
BACH, C.P.E.: St. John Passion (Daus) Capriccio
C60103
Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E.: St. Mark Passion (Daus) Capriccio
C60132
Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E.: St. Matthew Passion (Daus) Capriccio
C60113
Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E.: Viola da Gamba Sonatas Naxos
8.570740
Chamber Music
BACH, C.P.E.: Viola da Gamba Sonatas, Wq. 88, 136 and 137 (Pandolfo, Alessandrini) Tactus
TC710201
Chamber Music
BACH, C.P.E.: Violin and Piano Music (Breuninger, P. Kuijken) SWR Classic
CD93.312
Chamber Music
BACH, C.P.E.: Vocal Works (Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Max) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix453
Choral - Sacred
BACH, C.P.E: Sonatas and Rondos Naxos
8.557450
Instrumental
BACH, J.S.: Organ Music (Jacobson) Proprius
PROP7773-75
Instrumental
BACH, J.S.: Viola da Gamba Sonatas, BWV 1027-1029 / BACH, C.P.E.: Viola da Gamba Sonata, Wq. 137 (Müller-Schott, Hewitt) Orfeo
C693071A
Chamber Music
BAROQUE CHRISTMAS Capriccio
C5217
Choral - Sacred
Baroque Music - PURCELL, H. / TORELLI, G. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / VIVALDI, A. / BACH, J.S. (Encore) (Les Violons du Roy, Labadie) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90012
Orchestral
BERLIN CASTLES (MUSIC FROM) - GRAUN, J.G. / FREDERICK II / BENDA, F. / QUANTZ, J.J. / AUGUST WILHELM / JANITSCH, J.G. / BACH, C.P.E. Capriccio
C49503
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Chamber Music
Chamber Music - BACH, J.S. / BACH, W.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. (Family Matters) (Musica Novantica Vienna) Gramola Records
Gramola98877
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - QUANTZ, J.J. / FREDERICK II / MOZART, W.A. / HAYDN, J. / BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, W.F. (Potsdam Meets Vienna) (Musica Novantica Vienna) Gramola Records
Gramola98790
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (18th Century) - BACH, C.P.E. / SCHAFFRATH, C. / ZARTH, G. / GRAUN, J.G. (Berliner Barock Compagney) Capriccio
C10414
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Baroque) - FREDERICK III / SCHAFFRATH, C. / BACH, C.P.E. / BENDA, F. / JANITSCH, J.G. (Music from Sanssouci) (Berliner Barock-Compagney Capriccio
C10477
Chamber Music
Choral Music – SCHEIN, J.H. / BACH, C.P.E. / KIRNBERGER, J.P. / DOLES, J.F. / HILLER, J.A. (Max) Capriccio
C10290-91
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music (Sacred) - BACH, J.S. / SCHUBERT, F. / ZELENKA, J.D. / SCHEIN, J.H. / HANDEL, G.F. / SCHUTZ, H. / BRUCKNER, A. / SCHUBERT, F. Capriccio
C49337
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music (Sacred) - HANDEL, G.F. / MOZART, W.A. / HAYDN, J. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BACH, J.S. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / BRUCKNER, A. Capriccio
C49333
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MEDITATION Capriccio
C7073
Concertos
CLASSIC MOODS - BACH, J.S. / VIVALDI, A. / BUFFARDIN, P.-G. / DOWLAND, J. / ALBINONI, T.G. / HANDEL, G.F. / PURCELL, H. / PESCETTI, G.B. Capriccio
C18409
Concertos
CLASSIC MOODS - PERGOLESI, G.B. / BACH, J.S. / HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / MOZART, W.A. / HAYDN, J. / DONIZETTI, G. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix Capriccio
C18416
Choral - Sacred
Discover Music of the Classical Era Naxos Educational
8.558180-81
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
8.554486-87
Concertos
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (1998 edition) Naxos Educational
8.554337-38
Orchestral
FESTIVE CONCERT IN SANSSOUCI CASTLE (Haenchen, Linde) Capriccio
C51168
Instrumental, Orchestral
FLUTE CONCERTOS AT SANSSOUCI - A Tribute to Frederick the Great (Pahud, Pinnock) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
711404
Classical Concert
FLUTE CONCERTOS AT SANSSOUCI - A Tribute to Frederick the Great (Pahud, Pinnock) (NTSC) C Major
711308
Classical Concert
FLUTE MOMENTS Naxos
8.557788
Concertos
Flute Recital: Ramsl, Birgit - BACH, C.P.E. / REINECKE, C. / FRANÇAIX, J. / TAKEMITSU, Toru / MESSIAEN, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. (Flute Voyage) Gramola Records
Gramola99084
Instrumental
German Organ Music, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550965
Instrumental
GOETHE, J.W. von: Neue Melusine (Die) / Das Marchen Naxos Hörbucher
NHB20032
Orchestral
Guitar Recital (Baroque): Paulikovics, Pal - TELEMANN, G.P. / BRECIANELLO, G.A. / BACH, J.S. / BACH, C.P.E. / SCARLATTI, D. (Strings of Steel) Gramola Records
Gramola98864
Instrumental
HANDEL, G.F.: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Nos. 1, 6 and 9 / VIVALDI, A. / BACH, C.P.E.: Flute Concertos (Goff, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.571208
Concertos
Harp Recital: Hofmann, Marion – HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / SPOHR, L. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / TOURNIER, M. / SALZEDO, C. / BRITTEN, B. Capriccio
C10165
Instrumental
Keyboard Recital: Schornsheim, Christine - BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, W.F. / BACH, J.C. / KIRNBERGER, J.P. / MUTHEL, J.G. / NICHELMANN, C. Capriccio
C49541
Concertos
Keyboard Recital: Schornsheim, Christine [harpsichord, fortepiano] - HASSE, J.A. / GRAUN, C.H. / BENDA, G. / FASCH, C.F.C. / BACH, C.P.E. Capriccio
C10424
Instrumental
Largo Naxos
8.550950
Concertos
Orchestral Music – BACH, J.C.F. / BACH, W.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. (Music of the Bach Sons) (Concerto Köln) Capriccio
C8007
Concertos
Orchestral Music - RESPIGHI, O. / BACH, C.P.E. / MOZART, W.A. / AKUTAGAWA, Y. (Amadeus Duczmal) (Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Duczmal) CD Accord
CDAccordACD207
Orchestral
Organ Concertos - HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, J.S. / BACH, C.P.E. / HAYDN, J. / HAYDN, M. / MOZART, W.A. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C7172
Concertos
Organ Recital: Holzapfel, Anton - BACH, C.P.E. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / MOZART, W.A. / WEIGL, J. (Gassenhauer at Esterházy Palace) Orlando Records
OR0021
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Larson, Janåke - BOËLLMANN, L. / BACH, C.P.E. / DANDRIEU, J.-F. / BUXTEHUDE, D. / DUPRÉ, M. (Gotik) Proprius
PROP7712
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Schmogner, Thomas - MOZART, W.A. / ALBRECHTSBERGER, J.G. / KAUER, F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BACH, C.P.E. / PREINDL, J. (Claviorganum) Paladino Music
PMR0033
Instrumental
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Stabat mater (sung in German) / BACH, C.P.E.: Der Frühling (E. Scholl, M. Ullmann, Schneider, L’Arpa Festante, Eberle) Naxos
8.551276
Vocal
Piano Recital: Cziffra, Gyorgy - LISZT, F. / BACH, C.P.E. / COUPERIN, F. / SCARLATTI, D. (Cziffra in Prague, 1955) ICA Classics
ICAC5008
Instrumental
PRIMROSE, William: Recital, Vol. 1 (1939-47) Naxos Historical
8.111382
Chamber Music
ROMANZA - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556618
Concertos
SCHUMANN, R.: Piano Music / Piano Concerto / Piano Quintet (Biret Schumann Edition) (Biret, Wit, Borusan Quartet) (8-CD Box Set) Idil Biret Archive
8.508016
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 1 (Segovia, Vol. 3) Naxos Historical
8.111089
Instrumental
SERENADE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556619
Concertos
Vocal Recital (Baritone): Bästlein, Ulf - LOEWE, C. / BACH, C.P.E. / SCHULZ, J.A.P. / REICHARDT, J.F. (Seid menschlich, froh und gut) Gramola Records
Gramola99118
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Holzmair, Wolfgang / Steger, Stefanie - SCHUBERT, F. / GLUCK, C.W. / BACH, C.P.E (Klopstock Lieder) Gramola Records
Gramola99037
Vocal
World of the 18th Century Symphony (The) Naxos
8.554761
Orchestral




 
 
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