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Arioso with 9 variations in C major, H259 Wq118/10

composer
1777 or later

 
As can be heard in the 9 variations on an arioso in C major (Wq118/10), even when parting from his father’s style Emanuel Bach was a craftsman of the very highest order. The intricacies of the score and equal technical demands made on both hands attest to the exhaustive lens applied to musical material that was cultivated in the Bach circle. One has only to experience the relative poverty of invention and technique in the keyboard works of his contemporaries (save those of Georg Anton Benda) to appreciate the impact of this powerful dialectic of old and new sensibilities in C P E Bach’s works.

from notes by Mahan Esfahani © 2022

Comme on peut l’entendre dans les 9 variations sur un arioso en ut majeur (Wq118/10), même lorsqu’il s’écartait du style de son père, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach était un artiste de tout premier ordre. Les subtilités de la partition et les exigences techniques équivalentes imposées aux deux mains mettent en lumière le prisme minutieux qu’on appliquait alors au matériel musical dans le cercle de Bach; il suffit de connaître la pauvreté relative d’invention et de technique des œuvres pour instruments à clavier de ses contemporains (à l’exception de celles de Georg Anton Benda) pour apprécier l’impact de cette forte dialectique d’anciennes et de nouvelles sensibilités dans les œuvres de C P E Bach.

extrait des notes rédigées par Mahan Esfahani © 2022
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Wie in den 9 Variationen über ein Arioso in C-Dur (Wq118/10) zu hören ist, war auch Emanuel Bach, trotz Abgrenzung vom väterlichen Stil, ein äußerst souveräner Meister des musikalischen Handwerks. Die Feinheiten des Notentexts und die gleichgroßen technischen Anforderungen, die an beide Hände gestellt werden, zeugen von der gründlichen Auseinandersetzung mit dem musikalischen Material, die im Bach-Kreis gepflegt wurde. Man muss nur die relative Armut an Erfindungen und Techniken in den Klavierwerken seiner Zeitgenossen (mit Ausnahme derjenigen von Georg Anton Benda) erleben, um die Wirkung dieser kraftvollen Dialektik von alten und neuen Empfindungen in den Werken C. Ph. E. Bachs entsprechend zu schätzen.

aus dem Begleittext von Mahan Esfahani © 2022
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Bach (CPE): Sonatas & Rondos
CDA68381/2RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022

Details

Part 01: Arioso
Track 16 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'18] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 02: Variation 1
Track 17 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'17] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 03: Variation 2
Track 18 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'06] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 04: Variation 3
Track 19 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'18] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 05: Variation 4
Track 20 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'16] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 06: Variation 5
Track 21 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'07] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 07: Variation 6
Track 22 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'18] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 08: Variation 7
Track 23 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'51] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 09: Variation 8
Track 24 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'31] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022
Part 10: Variation 9
Track 25 on CDA68381/2 CD1 [1'36] RECORD OF THE MONTH 2CDs Available Friday 7 January 2022

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