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Effervescent performances of little-known, but brilliant, symphonies. Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 2 February 2015.
C.P.E. Bach is an almost unknown figure these days, completely overshadowed by his illustrious father Johann Sebastien. Here the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Rebecca Miller sets out to reclaim and breathe new life into the work of this forgotten pioneer. His music bridges the Baroque and Classical eras, and was hailed as being highly influential by the likes of Mozart.
Hearing these symphonies reveal just why C.P.E. was such a game changer - his music constantly shifts, wrong-footing you when you least expect it with wild changes of direction and colour.
Recorded live at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, the orchestra's playing here is bright, effervescent and fascinating – truly positioning C.P.E. Bach as the missing link between his father and the music of Haydn.