CPE Bach: Six Symphonies Wq 182

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COMPOSERS: CPE Bach
LABELS: L’OISEAU-LYRE
WORKS: Six Symphonies Wq 182
PERFORMER: Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood
CATALOGUE NO: 443 192-2 ADD (1979)
The notion that balanced structures and elegant expression are the predominant features of most late 18th-century music is undermined by these wonderfully quirky String Symphonies in which CPE Bach continually surprises the listener with pregnant pauses and unpredictable modulations. Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music deliver suitably explosive performances, and while present-day period string playing may be more assured in execution, the occasional rough and ready passage actually suits this particular music. Erik Levi

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