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Home » Composers » German Composers » C.P.E. Bach

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

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Johann Sebastian Bach's Tuning by Dr. Bradley P. Lehman -  worked out from the border decoration in Bach's main copy of the Well-Tempered Clavier & why he believes that CPE Bach used the same temperament:

  • 1/6 comma fifths F-C-G-D-A-E
  • pure fifths E-B-F#-C#
  • 1/12 comma fifths C#-G#-D#-A#
  • 1/12 comma wide fifth resulting at A#-F

David Schulenberg's Indexes and Concordances to Works of C.P.E. Bach

C.P.E. Bach's Works in Chronological Order

Concordance of Wotquenne (Wq), Helm (H), and Nachlassverzeichnis (NV) numbers

Biographical essay by Charles K. Moss

Recent Recordings

C.P.E. Bach. Magnificat & Motet "Heilig ist Gott Wq.217. Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, February 2014). Hans-Christoph Rademann, AKAMUS, RIAS Kammerchor. Elizabeth Watts, soprano; Wiebke Lehmkuhl, contralto; Lothar Odinius, tenor; Markus Eiche, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Cantatas. Brilliant Classics (2 CDs, January 2014 - reissue of 1987 Capriccio recordings). Herman Max, Das Kleine Konzert. UK | FR | DE
CPE Bach. Socrate, Hamlet, Colin, Colette. Ligia (1 CD, December 2013). Details. Alain Buet, baritone. Daniel Cuiller, Ensemble Stradivaria. UK | FR | DE
C.P.E. Bach. Complete Flute Sonatas. Brilliant Classics (2 CDs, November 2013). Jed Wentz, traverso; Michael Borgstede, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber. Brilliant Classics 94486 (5 CDs, November 2013). Pieter-Jan Belder, fortepiano & clavichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Testament et promesses. Encelade (1 CD, April 2013). Details. Aline Zylberajch, tangent piano. Alice Piérot, violin. Freye Fantasie Wq.80, «Arioso con variazioni» Wq.79, and Sonata Wq.78 for violin and keyboard; "Les Folies d'Espagne" Wq.118, Sonata Wq.55 and Fantasia Wq.63/6 for keyboard. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Prussian Sonatas Wq. 48 Nos. 1-6. Naxos 8.572674 (1 CD, July 2012). Details. Susan Alexander-Max. Grand Piano by Ferdinand Hofmann (1756–1829), Vienna, c.1790. UK | FR | DE | CA
C.P.E. Bach. Fantasien, Rondos und Sonaten. Gramola (1 CD, December 2011). Richard Fuller, fortepiano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Preussische und Württembergische Sonaten. Brilliant Classics 94320 (3 CDs, March 2012). Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord & clavichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
CPE Bach. Erwacht zum neuen Leben - Oden / Sacred Songs. Brilliant Classics 94309 (1 CD, February 2012). Julian Redlin, bass. Jörn Boysen, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Die Israeliten in der Wüste, Wq. 238. cpo (1 CD, November 2011). Wolfgang Brunner, Salzburger Hofmusik. Gudron Sidonie Otto, soprano; Nele Gramß, soprano; Hermann Oswald, tenor; Michael Schopper, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Harpsichord Concertos Wq 43:1-6. Harmonia Mundi (2 CDs, April 2011). Andreas Staier, harpsichord. Freiburger Barockorchester. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Hamburger Quartalsmusiken. cpo (2 CDs, August 2010). Ludger Rémy, Les Amis de Philippe, Himlische Cantorey. Cantatas H. 805 "Nun danket alle Gott", H. 817 "Herr, nun lehr uns beten", H. 812 "Siehe, ich begehre deiner Befehle", & H. 811 "Ehre sei Gott". US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Symphonies for Hamburg. Brilliant Classics 94042 (1 CD, April 2010). Didier Talpain, Solamente Naturali. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Organ Works. Regent REGCD 314 (1 CD, November 2009). Details. Thomas Trotter, the Mitterreither (1773) / Flentrop (1973) organ of Eton College School Hall. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
CPE Bach. Concerti a flauto traverso obligato II. Alpha 146 (1 CD, May 2009). Alexis Kossenko, traverso & director, Arte dei Suonatori. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Lukas-Passion Wq 234 (H 800). Glor Classics GC 08071 (1 CD, November 2008). Details. Joshard Daus, MendelssohnSymphonia (modern instruments), EuropaChorAkademie. Claudia Barainsky, soprano; Daniel Gloger, countertenor; Thomas Dewald, tenor; Wolfgang Newerla, baritone; Carsten Mewes, bass; Stefanie Dasch, soprano; Egle Cicinskaite, contralto; Julio Fernández, tenor. FR | DE
Psalterion & Fortepiano - From C.P.E. Bach to Mozart. Ambronay AMY 012 (1 CD, June 2008). Margit Übellacker, psalterion (dulcimer); Aline Zylberajch, fortepiano by Monika May after the earliest Stein. CPE Bach, Sonata Wq 87; Mozart, Adagio K.266 & Sonata K.305, plus sonatas by Schobert, Melchior Chiesa, & Eberlin. This superb recording celebrates the pantalon, an undamped keyboard instrument invented and popularized by Pantalon Hebenstreit during the 18th Century. Ms. Übellacker's skill with the hammers comes remarkably close to what would be possible with a keyboard. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
C.P.E. Bach. Magnificat / Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (Cantata). Carus 83.412 (1 CD, October 2008). Details. Fritz Näf, L'arpa festante, Basler Madrigalisten. Monika Mauch, soprano; Matthias Rexroth, countertenor; Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Gotthold Schwarz, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Viola da Gamba Sonatas. Winter & Winter 910 140-2 (1 CD, February 2008). Lorenzo Ghielmi, fortepiano; Vittorio Ghielmi, viola da gamba. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Kirnberger, Altnikol, Homilius, Krebs, C.P.E. Bach, J.C.F. Bach & Doles. Bachs Schüler. Carus 83.263 (1 CD, June 2008). Details. Peter Kopp, Dresdner Instrumental-Concert, Vocal Concert Dresden. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach & W.F. Bach. The Bach Dynasty. Ambroisie AMB 125 (1 CD, October 2007). Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
C.P.E. Bach, Georg Benda, Johann Christoph Altnickol (1719-1759). Geistliche Kantaten. Capriccio 67.192 (1 CD, April 2007). Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert. Barbara Schlick, soprano; Hilke Helling, mezzo-soprano; Harry van der Kamp, bass. UK | FR | DE | JP
Bach, CPE. Markus-Passion (1786). Capriccio 60 132 (1 CD, February 2007). Joshard Daus, MendelssohnSymphonia (modern instruments), EuropaChorAkademie. Claudia Barainsky, soprano; Maria Soulis, mezzo-soprano; Evangelist: Thomas Dewald, tenor; Ulf Bästlein, Bart Driessen, bass. Discovered in the Sing-Akademie archives. UK | DE | FR | JP
Bach, CPE. Symphonies Wq. 182/1,3,5-6 (1773); Cello Concerto Wq. 172 (1753). Alpha 107 (1 CD, November 2006). Details. Pablo Valetti, violin and direction, Café Zimmermann. Petr Skalka, cello. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Symphonies 1-4 Wq. 183; Cello Concerto Wq. 172. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907403 (1 CD, October 2006). Andrew Manze, English Concert. Alison McGillivray, cello. This might be Manze's final recording with the English Concert, with which he is no longer affiliated. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. The Sonatas for Flute & Basso Continuo. Accent 24171 (2 CDs, September 2006). Barthold Kuijken, transverse flute; Ewald Demeyere, harpsichord & fortepiano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Litaneien, Motetten, Psalmen. Sony 82876705432 (2 CDs, July 2005). Details. Harry van der Kamp, bass. Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Hamburgische Festmusiken. cpo (1 CD, May 2006). Ludger Rémy, Himlische Cantorey, Les Amis de Philippe. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Concerti a flauto traverso obligato - I. (Wq. 22, 167 & 169). Alpha 093 (1 CD, April 2006). Details. Alexis Kossenko, traverso with two keys in ebony and ivory by Jean-Jacques Melzer, after Quantz c.1745. Arte dei Suonatori. UK | DE | FR | JP
Bach, CPE. Cello Concerto in A Minor Wq.170 (1750); Sinfonias Wq.183/1&3 (1775-76). Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 12 (1763). TDK Arte dell'Arco AD018 (1 CD 2006). Details. Hidemi Suzuki, cello and director, Orchestra Libera Classica.
Bach, CPE. Harpsichord Concertos. (Wq 6, 18, 37). Discantica BDI 126 (1 CD, September 2005). Michele Benuzzi, harpsichord. Ensemble Arcomelo. Details.
Bach, CPE. Sonates pour Violon et Pianoforte. (Wq 76-78). ZigZag Territoires ZZT050902 (1 CD, September 2005). Details. Amanda Beyer, violin; Edna Stern, fortepiano after Walter by Paul MacNulty. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Concerti per il Cembalo. (Wq 5, 26, 34). Carus 83.184 (1 CD, September 2005). Details. Rien Voskuilen, harpsichord. L'arpa festante Barockorchester München. UK | DE | FR | JP
J.S. Bach. Osteroratorium BWV 249. C.P.E. Bach. Danket dem Herrn Heilig, part 1 of the Dankhymne der Freundschaft (1785). Carus 83.212 (1 CD, September 2005). Details. Frieder Bernius, Kammerchor Stuttgart & Barockorchester Stuttgart. Joanne Lunn, soprano; Elisabeth Jansson, contralto; Jan Kobow, tenor; Gotthold Schwarz, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Solo a Viola di gamba col Basso. Alpha 080 (1 CD, July 2005). Details. Friederike Heumann, viol; Dirk Börner, fortepiano after Cristofori-Ferrini by Denzil Wraight; Gaetano Nasillo, cello. UK | DE | FR | JP
Lamento. Johann Christoph Friederich Bach, "Die Amerikanerin"; Johann Christoph Bach, "Ach, daß ich Wassers gnug hätte"; Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, "Languet anima me"; Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 170 & 200; Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Selma, Wq. 236. DG-Archiv 474 194-2 (1 CD, January 2005). Details. Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano. Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Matthäus-Passion (1785). Capriccio 60 113 (1 CD, February 2005). Joshard Daus, Capriccio Basel, Zelter-Ensemble der Sing-Akademie zu Berlin. Thomas Dewald, tenor; Daniel Jordan, baritone; Jochen Kupfer, baritone. From the recently recovered Sing-Akademie archives. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Die Bach-Söhne II: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - Concerti. Carus 83.305 (1 CD, January 2005). Details. Cello concerto Wq 171; Oboe Concerto Wq 164; Double Concerto for harpsichord and fortepiano Wq 47; Sinfonia Wq 177. Freiburger Barockorchester. Kristin von der Goltz, cello; Ann-Kathrin Brüggemann, oboe; Michael Behringer, harpsichord; Christine Schornsheim, fortepiano. UK | DE | FR | JP
Bach, CPE. Gellert Oden. cpo 777 061-2 (2 CDs 2004). Details. Dorothee Mields, soprano; Ludger Rémy, fortepiano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Sonates en trio "Sanguineus & Melancholicus". Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT 030701 (1 CD 2003). Details. Les Nièces de Rameau: Florence Malgoire, violin; Alice Pierot, violin; Marianne Müller, viola da gamba; Aline Zylberajch, harpsichord. UK | DE | FR | JP
Bach, CPE. Organ Concertos & Sonatas. dhm 82876 51863-2 (2 CDs 2003). Rainer Oster, organ. Ensemble Parlando. Historic Géant organ at Saint-Adelphe in Albestroff en Moselle. UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Johannes-Passion (1772). Capriccio 60 103 (2 CDs 2004). Joshard Daus, Capriccio Basel, Zelter-Ensemble der Sing-Akademie zu Berlin. Elizabeth Scholl, soprano; Alexandra Petersamer, contralto; Gunnar Gudbjörnsson, tenor; Jochen Kupfer, bass. From the recently recovered Sing-Akademie archives. A pasticcio, including music by Telemann, Stölzel, J.S. Bach and only two arias by C.P.E. Bach. tt: CD 1: 39:42; CD 2: 47:39. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu (1774) Wq 240, H777. Hyperion CDA 67364 (1 CD 2003). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Uta Schwabe (soprano), Christoph Genz (tenor), Stephen Genz (bass). Ex Tempore. Libretto by Karl Wilhelm Ramler previously set by Telemann, Graun and others. (There were earlier recordings by Herreweghe on Virgin VC 791498-2 (1991) and by Max on Capriccio 10 206/7 (1986) & the 12-CD Capriccio CPE Bach Edition reissue.) Track listings | Sleeve notes | US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Sonatas. Alba ABCD 165 (1 CD 2004). Details. Petra Aminoff, traverso; Annamari Pölhö, harpsichord and fortepiano. Wq 83, 86, 161/2, 84. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Kantaten für Hamburg. ORF CD 306 (2 CDs 2002). Reviewed by Johan van Veen. Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie, Wiener Kammerchor. Simone Kermes, soprano; Lydia Vierlinger, contralto; Markus Schäfer, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Mattäus-Passion 1769. ORF CD 316 (2 CDs 2003). Notes by Johan van Veen. Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir. Deborah York, soprano; Franziska Gottwald, contralto; Evangelist: Jörg Dürmüller, tenor; Jesus: Klaus Mertens, bass. Earlier version of Die letzten Leiden des Erlösers (1770) Wq 233, H776. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Complete Organ Works, Volume 1: 5 Sonatas. Cantate C 58016 (1 CD 2002). Jörg-Hannes Hahn. Played on the organ for which they were written, the 1755 Migend organ at the Kirche "Zur Frohen Botschaft", Berlin-Karlshorst, unfortunately now greatly expanded and converted to modern pitch and equal temperament. UK | DE | FR

Volume 2. Cantate C 58020 (1 CD 2005). UK | DE | FR

Bach, CPE. Trio Sonatas Wq 144-151 (H 568-575). cpo 999 495-2 (2 CDs 2003). Les Amis de Philippe -- Ludger Rémy, harpsichord; Manfredo Kraemer, violin; Manfredo Zimmerman, flute; Monika Schwamberger, cello. Fine recording and performance. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE, JC, JCF & WF. Bachiana: Double Concertos. DG-Archiv 471 579-2 (1 CD 2003). Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln. Leon Berben, harpsichord; Robert Hill, fortepiano. Includes a concerto for harpsichord and fortepiano by C.P.E. Bach. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Pièces de caractère; Rondos et fantaisie. Zig Zag Territoires ZZT 020301 (1 CD 2002). Marcia Hadjimarkos, clavichord and Hofmann fortepiano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. 3 Sonaten für Cembalo & Violine (H. 511, 512, 514; Wq 75, 76, 78). NCA 60114-215 (1 CD 2001). Details. Geoffrey Thomas, harpsichord; Laszló Paulik, violin. UK | DE | FR
C.P.E. Bach. Quartets for flute, viola, cello & pianoforte. Eufoda (1 CD, 2000). Jan De Winne, traverso; Marten Boeken, viola; Roel Dieltiens, cello; Shalev Ad-El, fortepiano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Reissued on Passacaille (April 2011). Details. UK | FR | DE

Noteworthy Reissues

Bach, CPE. Edition Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Capriccio 49 367 (12 CDs 2004). Reissue of part of the 1980s series including the four disks of vocal music performed by Hermann Max & the Rheinisches Kantorei originally released on 10206/7 (Vokal-Werke I & II, see below) & 20208/9 (Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu). At the low price, it's worthwhile for the vocal CDs alone. UK | DE | JP
Bach, CPE. Andreas Staier Edition. Reissue of Staier's recordings on dhm (below), solo, with Les Adieux & with the Freiburger Barockorchester. dhm 82876673742 (3 CDs 2005). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Sonaten und Fantasien. dhm RD 77025 (1 CD 1989). Wq 118 No. 9, 270, 65, 59 No. 4, & 61 No. 6. Andreas Staier, harpsichord & fortepiano. All works are included in the Andreas Staier Edition. UK | DE | FR

Reissued on dhm 88697576302 (2010). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Chamber Music. dhm CDC 7 49618 2 (1 CD 1988). Reissued on dhm Editio Classica GD 77052. Les Adieux: Andreas Staier, fortepiano; Wilbert Hazelzet, flute; Hajo Baß, viola. Quartets Wq 93-95, 133. All works are included in the Andreas Staier Edition. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Reissued on dhm Baroque Espirit 05472-77464-2 (1997). US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Kammermusik der Bachsöhne - C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach, J.C.F. Bach. dhm RD 77250 (1 CD 1991). Andreas Staier, fortepiano. Les Adieux. Some works from this CD apparently are in the Andreas Staier Edition. DE

Hamburger Sinfonien (Wq 182 Nos. 3-5) & Concerti (Wq 165 & 43 No. 4). dhm RD 77187 (1 CD 1990). Thomas Hengelbrock, Freiburger Barockorchester. Andreas Staier, harpsichord; Hans-Peter Westermann, oboe. Only the harpsichord concerto has been reissued in the Andreas Staier Edition. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Phyllis & Thirsis (cantata Wq 232) & Instrumental Chamber Music (Wq 133, 140, 143, 147, 81). dhm 1C 069-99949 T (1 LP 1982). Reissued on RD 77188 (1 CD 1991). Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Rosemarie Hofmann, soprano; Nigel Rogers, tenor; Hans-Martin Linde, flute; Jaap Schroder, violin. The flute sonata Wq 133 may be in the Andreas Staier Edition. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Reissued on dhm Baroque Espirit 05472-77435-2 (1996). US | UK | DE | FR | CA

More Recordings

Bach, CPE. Lieder & Oden. cpo 999 549-2 (1 CD 1998). Klaus Mertens (baritone) & Ludger Rémy (Martin Skowroneck fortepiano after Walther). I had not been particularly impressed with CPE Bach songs I had heard previously, but what a difference this recording makes. The survey of 21 varied songs from different periods of his life demonstrates that Emanuel was an overlooked master of lieder whose work often is on a par with Schubert's, though composed in earlier styles. The fortepiano sound is rich and particularly well-recorded. UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Sacred Songs. cpo 999 708-2 (1 CD 2000). Klaus Mertens & Ludger Rémy. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE & JCF. Lieder: Sacred & Secular Songs. Capriccio 10 856 (1 CD 2000). Gotthold Schwarz, bass. Sabine Bauer, fortepiano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Lieder "zum singen bey dem Clavier" / Charakterstúcke - Solo a Viola da Gamba. Ars Musici AM 1233-2 (1 CD 1998). Details. Ursula Fiedler, soprano; Lorenzo Ghielmi, fortepiano; Vittorio Ghielmi, viol. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Magnificat Wq 215 (1749). Bach, JC. Magnificat T 207/3 (1760) & Tantum ergo T 209/7 (1759). Capriccio 67 003 (2002). Michael Schneider, La Stagione Frankfurt, Dresdner Kammerchor. Elisabeth Scholl (soprano), Ruth Sandhoff (contralto), Andreas Karasiak (tenor), Gotthold Schwarz (bass). The CPE Bach Magnificat is a familiar work from pre-HIP days, but it never sounded as exciting as it does here. Schneider really steps up the pace over the dreary old recordings. The long soprano aria in the Tantum ergo is of similar quality to the soprano arias on the superb Emma Kirkby JC Bach disk. JC Bach's Magnificat parodies his older half-brother's work at the very beginning, then moves far away from it in his modern, operatic style. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Oboe Concertos Wq 164 & 165 & Sinfonia Wq 177. Vanguard Classics (Passacaille Collection) 99718 (1997). (Will be reissued in 2004 on the Passacaille label.) Paul Dombrecht, Oboe & Director. Il Fondamento. Of the current select group of CPE Bach disks, this may be the best, and it may be the best of the fine Passacaille Collection. Dombrecht has a distinctive sound that is difficult to explain. Perhaps he plays a bit flatter than some other hautboy players, but whatever the reason, he blends extremely well with the polished Flemish baroque orchestra. UK | DE
Bach, CPE. Die Israeliten in der Wüste (1769) Wq 238, H775. Harmonia Mundi HMA 1901321 (1 CD 1990, 1993). William Christie, Corona & Cappella Coloniensis. Barbara Schlick (soprano), Lena Lootens (soprano), Hein Meens (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (bass). Libretto by Daniel Schiebeler. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Vokal-Werke II. Capriccio 20 209 (1 CD 1988). CPE Bach Edition vol. 14. Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert. Barbara Schlick, soprano; Hilke Helling, contralto; Wilfried Jochens, tenor; Gotthold Schwarz, bass. Zur Einführung des H.P. Gasie (Gnädig und Barmherzig ist der Herr), Wq 250 (1785); Wer ist so würdig als du, Wq 222 (Hamburg 1774); Der Herr lebt, Wq 251. The second work is a one movement chorus with three trumpets. The last is an outstanding cantata with a virtuosic soprano aria and some of the most familiar Lutheran chorales. Included in the 12-CD reissue. US | UK | DE | FR
Bach, CPE. Vokal-Werke I. Capriccio 20 208 (1 CD 1988). CPE Bach Edition vol. 13. Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert. Barbara Schlick, soprano; Hilke Helling, contralto; Wilfried Jochens, tenor; Gotthold Schwarz, bass. Klopstocks Morgengesang am Schöpfungsfeste, Wq 239; Auf Schicke dich recht Feierlich, Wq 249; Anbetung dem Erbarmer, Wq 243; Heilig, Wq 217. Included in the 12-CD reissue. US | DE
Bach, CPE. Die letzten Leiden des Erlösers (1770) Wq 233, H776. Passion cantata based on the "lost" St. Matthew Passion recently recorded by Koopman (above). dhm 157 EX 16 9602 3 (2 LPs) and CDS 7 47753 8 (2 CDs 1987), reissued in 1990 on dhm Editio Classica GD 77042. Notes by Johan van Veen. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Barbara Schlick (soprano), Greta de Reyghere (soprano), Cathérine Patriasz (contralto), Christoph Prégardien (tenor), Max van Egmond (bass). Collegium Vocale Gent. Libretto by Anna Luise Karsch. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued in 2008. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Reissued again in 2010 on dhm 88697576272. Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Bach, CPE. Markus-Passion. Ars Musici AM-1110-2 (2 CDs 1995). Beat Raaflaub, Ensemble ad Fontes. Martina Bovet (soprano), Dorothée Labusch (contralto), Gerd Türk (Evangelist),  Peter Sigrist (tenor), Rainer Pachner (Christ), René Koch (bass). Knabenkantorei Basel. US | CA | Available from Knabenkantorei Basel.
Bach, CPE. Prussian Sonatas (Wq48). Ligia Digital Lidi 0101005-93 (1 CD 1995). Aline Zylberajch, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Complete Edition. BIS. In progress. BIS index. Recent volumes:

Solo Keyboard Music. Miklós Spányi.

Vol. 25 (May 2012). DE

Vol. 24 (March 2012). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 23 (January 2012). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 22 (January 2011). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 21 (November 2010). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 20 (May 2010). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 19 (September 2009). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 18, CD-1492 (October 2008). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 17, CD-1424 (August 2007). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 16, CD-1423 (February 2007). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 15, CD-1422 (2 CDs, July 2006). Includes Vol. 15 of the complete keyboard concertos with the Opus X Ensemble. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 14, CD-1329 (2006). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 13, CD-1328 (2005). US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Vol. 12, CD-1198. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Vol. 11, CD-1195. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Vol. 10, CD-1189. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Vol. 9, CD-1088. US | UK | DE

Keyboard Concertos. Miklós Spányi. Volumes 14-17 with Petri Tapio Mattson and Opus X. Volumes 1-13 with Péter Szüts and Concerto Armonico.

Vol. 17. BIS CD-1687 (May 2009). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 16. BIS CD-1587 (January 2008). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Vol. 15 (2 CDs). See Solo Keyboard Works Vol. 15 (same).

Vol. 14. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Vol. 13, CD-1307. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Vol. 12, CD-1127. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Vol. 11, CD-1097: US | UK | DE

Bach, CPE. Prussian Sonatas (Wq 48, H24-29), Württemberg Sonatas (Wq 49, H30-35) & Concerto per il Cembalo solo (Wq 112, H190). Teldec 6.35378 (2 LPs 1978 - Württemberg) & 6.35460 (2 LPs 1979 - Prussian & Concerto), reissued on 3 CDs: 9031-77623-2 (1992). Bob van Asperen, harpsichord after Dulcken 1745. US | UK | DE | CA
Bach, CPE. Six Keyboard Sonatas for Harpsichord & Fortepiano. Metronome CD1032 (1 CD 1999). Carole Cerasi, harpsichord & fortepiano. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Symphonies (Wq 182 Nos. 2 & 6, 183 Nos. 2 & 3) & Organ Concerto (Wq 34). Harmonia Mundi HMC 901622 (1 CD 1998). Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE & WF. Concertos for 2 Harpsichords. DG-Archiv 419 256-2 (1 CD 1986). Details. Reinhard Goebel, MAK. Andreas Staier & Robert Hill, harpsichords. Includes the CPE Bach concerto Wq 46, H408. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bach, CPE. Harpsichord Concertos Wq 30, 37 & 38. cpo 999 350-2 (1 CD 1995). Ludger Rémy, Les Amis de Philippe. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Harpsichord Concertos Wq 3, 32, 44 & 45. cpo 999 566-2 (1 CD 1998). Ludger Rémy, Les Amis de Philippe. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. The Complete Organ Works. Teldec 6.35453 (2 LPs 1979). Partially reissued on CD as Organ Sonatas (Wq 70/1-6), Teldec 0630-17431-2 (1 CD 1997). Herbert Tachezi, organ. Also on the LP set: Fantasia & Fugue in c minor (Wq 119/7), Adagio in d minor (Wq n.v. 66), Prelude in D major (Wq 70/7), Fugue in d minor, and Fugue in E-sharp major (Wq 119/6). UK | DE | FR
Bach, CPE. Gamben Sonaten. Plus a duet for 2 viols by Christoph Schaffrath and a trio for viol, harpsichord obligato and basso continuo by Johann Gottlieb Graun. Ricercar RIC 047025 (1 CD 1988). Reissued on Ricercar ECCO. Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. UK | DE | FR

Reissued as part of the 2-CD set Sonderlich auff Violen. Ricercar RIC 231 (2003). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Books

Annette Richards (ed.) C.P.E. Bach Studies. Details. Cambridge University Press 2006. 275 pages. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
William H. Youngren. C.P.E. Bach and the Rebirth of Strophic Song. Scarecrow Press 2003. 536 pages. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bach, CPE. Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments. Part I (1753) and Part II (1762). Translated and edited by William J. Mitchell. (Norton 1949). 449 pages. 480 musical examples. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

From Part II (page 172) [Emphasis added.]:

3. The organ is indispensable in church music with its fugues, large choruses, and sustained style. It provides splendor and maintains order.

4. However, in all recitatives and arias in this style, especially those in which a simple accompaniment permits free variation on the part of the singer, a harpsichord must be used. The emptiness of a performance without this accompanying instrument is, unfortunately, made apparent to us far too often.

5. It is also used for arias and recitatives in chamber and theatrical music.

6. The pianoforte and clavichord provide the best accompaniments in performances that require the most elegant taste. Some singers, however, prefer the support of the clavichord or harpsichord to the pianoforte.

Stephen L. Clark (ed.) C.P.E. Bach Studies. Oxford University Press 1988, 1991. 368 pages. US | UK
Hans-Gunter Ottenberg. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Translated by Philip J. Whitmore. 296 pages. Oxford University Press 1987, 1991. US | UK
Stephen L. Clark (ed.) The Letters of C.P.E. Bach. 308 pages. Oxford University Press 1997. US | UK
Doris Powers. C.P.E. Bach: A Guide to Research. 350 pages. Garland 2002. Costs more than twice as much in the US as in the UK. US | UK
E. Eugene Helm. Thematic Catalogue of the Works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. 271 pages. Yale University Press 1989. Unfortunately, out of print. Will need to be revised following the return of the Sing-Akademie files. US | UK

Music

Quite clean miniature scores of C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat, Die Israeliten in der Wüste, Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu and other works, edited by Gábor Darvas, were published in the Edition Eulenburg series. The "piano" line is a realized continuo rather than a piano reduction.
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works. A new edition is being prepared by the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) in collaboration with an international group of scholars. The chair of the editorial board is Christopher Hogwood; the executive editors are Darrell M. Berg (solo keyboard music), Ulrich Leisinger (vocal music), and Peter Wollny (instrumental music, theoretical works, and supplements). Paul Corneilson serves as managing editor, and Dexter Edge is senior editor. Their goal is to complete publication of approximately 120 volumes in printed and digital formats by 2014. The project also aims to build a database of CPE Bach's works, sources, editions, and other documentary information on his life and music. See "New Perspectives on the Music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" by Paul Corneilson, Society for Eighteenth-Century Music Newsletter, Issue No. 3, October 2003 (pdf).

Recovered Music

From "Recovered in Kiev: Bach et al.: A Preliminary Report on the Music Collection of the Berlin Sing-Akademie" by Christoph Wolff. Notes 58.2 (2001) 259-271:

  • An unknown thematic catalog of C. P. E. Bach's keyboard works in his own hand and dated 1772 furnishes much information about their extent and chronology, also about the composer's destruction of his compositions from before 1733 because they were "too youthful".
  • The scores and performance parts of C. P. E. Bach's unpublished vocal works from the Hamburg period, including twenty Passion settings, are completely preserved and can finally be prepared for critical editions.
  • Unknown in the Bach literature, a bound volume of C. P. E. Bach's published songs, with numerous original emendations and autograph revisions, demonstrates the composer's intention of issuing near the end of his life a new complete edition of his songs.
  • www.newolde.com/cpe_bach.htm


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