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Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, October 2013

The clavichord is the right choice for this repertoire. It was excellently suited to be played in domestic surroundings because of its soft sound. Linda Nicholson is a brilliant interpreter who perfectly knows how to treat this kind of instrument. Her interpretations are compelling, also due to a subtle use of rubato. That helps to bring out the dramatic and expressive features of these pieces. A contemporary critic stated that one didn’t need to fear “finding anything bad among his [Emanuel’s] works”. This disc bears witness to that. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

John W Barker
American Record Guide, November 2011

BACH, C.P.E.: Sinfonias, Wq. 182 and 183, H. 657-666 (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Haenchen) Phoenix443
BACH, C.P.E.: Flute Concertos (Haupt, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Haenchen) Phoenix446
BACH, C.P.E.: Oboe Concertos / BACH, J.C.: Oboe Concerto in F major (Glaetzner, Pommer) Phoenix449
BACH, C.P.E.: Organ Concertos, Wq. 34 and 35 (Munch, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Haenchen) Phoenix450
BACH, C.P.E.: Clavichord Sonatas (Nicholson) Phoenix451
BACH, C.P.E.: Flute Sonatas (Haupt, Thalheim, Pank) Phoenix452
BACH, C.P.E.: Vocal Works (Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Max) Phoenix453
BACH, C.P.E.: Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu (Die) / Gott hat den Herrn auferweckt (Schlick, Pregardien, Schwarz, Elliott, Max) Phoenix456

The very positive judgements I made in the earlier reviews still stand. The performances here are very strong and hold up quite well even to later competition (as in the symphonies and concertos). The sonics remain thoroughly satisfying. To be sure, booklet notes are sparse, and vocal texts are given only in the original German.

I hope that Phoenix will go on and revive more of its fine contributions to the swelling discography of this important composer.

James Manheim, October 2011

This album…was reissued on Phoenix Edition in 2011, by which time there were still very few choices for most of the music. …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. 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.

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