Richard Fairman
Financial Times
September 2016

Like father, like son. C P E Bach, second surviving son of the great J S, also composed a wide range of concertos, some of which (like his father’s) exist in versions for different instruments.

It is not clear whether these three concertos from the 1750s were originally intended for cello or harpsichord. Either way, they are feverishly inventive.

Nicolas Altstaedt captures their freedom of thought with infectious spontaneity. Period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo, conducted by Jonathan Cohen, radiates the heat and energy of music conceived in the furnace of the Classical era.