Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CPE Bach, it's in the genes

Many of Johann Sebastian Bach's sons became good composers themselves, if not on their father's immense level. The three best known are Johann Christian, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel - and the latter is the best of the bunch to my taste. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) was one of the main composers in the transition period between his father's Baroque and Mozart's Classical period. I like his concertos best in his output, especially those for cello, organ and flute. As an introductory disc I have selected the Naxos double CD with his collected flute concertos, and a solo flute sonata thrown in for good measure. They are well played by Patrick Gallois with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra under Kevin Mallon. This is refined elegant music, well crafted and a pleasure to listen to.