CPE Bach - Wurttemberg Sonatas | ECM New Series 4858495

CPE Bach - Wurttemberg Sonatas


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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4858495

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 30th June 2023



Keith Jarrett (piano)


Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel

Wurttemberg Sonatas (6), Wq49


Keith Jarrett (piano)


Keith Jarrett's account of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Wurttemberg Sonatas is a revelation.

"I'd heard the sonatas played by harpsichordists, and felt there was room for a piano version," says Jarrett today. This outstanding recording, made in 1994 and previously unreleased, finds the pianist attuned to the expressive implications of the sonatas in every moment. The younger Bach's idiosyncrasies: the gentle playfulness of the music, the fondness for subtle and sudden tempo shifts, the extraordinary, rippling invention...all of this is wonderfully delivered.

The fluidity of the whole performance has a quality that perhaps could be conveyed only by an artist of great improvisational skills. In Jarrett's hands, CPE's exploration of new compositional forms retains the freshness of discovery.

Recorded at Keith Jarrett's Cavelight Studio in May 1994, the album includes liner notes by Paul Griffiths.


What a combination of musical minds: both of them keyboard players of their own time, neither afraid to question tradition, to test the boundaries of their musical worlds, nor to add their own fingerprints to what’s on the page.
Record Review (BBC Radio 3)
You can feel [Jarrett's] identification with the quirks, twists and turns of Emanuel Bach and the ornamentation sometimes has the jazzer’s feel of total spontaneity. Paul Griffith’s essay ‘The Son and the Father’ that’s the sleeve note is a really nice piece of writing.
Record Review (BBC Radio 3)
Keith Jarrett needs no introduction as an interpreter of JS Bach, but the affective world of Carl Philipp Emanuel is such a different proposition that the prospect of reviewing this had me licking my lips. ... The fluent elegance of his recordings of CPE’s father is in evidence, a honeyed legato when called for, here and there the hint of an edge (though at first blush one’s surprised that there’s not more of it). ... Jarrett’s instinctive pianism makes his CPE set (as John Duarte wrote of his recording of the JS Bach viola sonatas with Kim Kashkashian) ‘one I can happily live with’.  Fabrice Fitch
Gramophone September 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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