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Harmonia Mundi
HMG501711




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Reviewer: Lindsay Kemp



Enthusisasm and energy make this disc of lesser-known works a worthy reissue

Thre has been a lot of CPE Bach around just lately, but this 2000 recording, reissued in Harmonia Mundi’s anniversary Gold series, manages to avoid the most popular pieces, opting for relatively polite but still strongly characteristic “Berlin” symphonies over the more famous and jagged “Hamburg” ones, and selecting a pair of lesser-known concertos in the fiery A minor for cello (maybe more familiar in its flute version) and an impeccably well behaved example ofor harpsichord. Unquestionably one of the world’s top Baroque orchestra today, the Berlin Academie für Alte Musik had back then not quite acquired their current tonal refinement but had no trouble displaying their customary enthusiastic high-energy style and rigorous tight ensemble. The soloists are fine – if a little “modern” in style in Peter Brun’s case – and the recording  is clear and bright. Harmonia Mundi’s reissue exoands the original booklet-note and adds some enhancing colour illustrations – a rare and welcome way round of doing things.


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