ABCD 374 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)ABCD 374
Symphonies Wq 182
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra/Sakari Oramo

"This is an excellent recording and performance of the six String Symphonies Wq 182 by C.P.E. Bach. The first notes grab you, and the extremes of contrast from the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra create by turns symphonic tumult and the lightest of finesse. [...] The snappy pace, technical prowess and stylish élan of the performances on this Alba release put it into the top rank of recordings in this repertoire, and if 5.1 multichannel SACD sound is the clincher then this CD can easily top your list of choices, and will never let you down. From top to bottom the sound is excellent, with refined smoothness from the upper strings which can dig deep when required, right down to satisfyingly toothsome resonance from the basses. [...] As the booklet notes indicate, these symphonies represent C.P.E. Bach's Empfindsam style at its very best, which is to say high-octane 18th century music whose drama is far removed from Galant tameness. If you don't know these pieces or even if you do, I strongly suggest you treat yourself to this recording."

Dominy Clements / MusicWeb International

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