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Sinfonia in E flat major, H654 Wq179

composer
1757

 
Around 20 symphonies by Bach are known, equally divided between his Berlin and Hamburg periods. This E flat Symphony was composed in 1757, making it contemporary with Haydn’s earliest known compositions. Nothing the young Austrian was writing at that time, however, could have competed with the ebullient energy that bursts upon us in Bach’s opening Prestissimo, and it is doubtful if he would ever feel entirely at home with the bold gestural and dynamic contrasts that are deployed so freely here. And although the finale has an unexpectedly conventional ‘hunting’ flavour, the slow movement is another gem, its highly charged lyricism periodically interrupted by stabs of pain.

from notes by Lindsay Kemp © 2015

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Bach (CPE): Symphonies
Studio Master: SIGCD395Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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