Richard Pennycuick wrote:
>This reminded me of an old LP containing two concertos by CPE Bach
>for the unusual combination of harpsichord, piano and strings which
>appear to date from his later years in the 1780s.
How could I have forgotten these? I was just looking at these works
a few weeks ago. Anyway, I believe there is actually and concerto in F
Major (Wq 46, H 408) scored for 2 harpsichords, horns, and strings, and
a sonatina in D Major (Wq 109, H 453) scored for 2 harpsichords, 2 flutes,
2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, 3 trumpets, timpani and strings. The works
list in Grove 6 indicates the concerto was written in 1740 and the
sonatina in 1762.
>I assume there are modern recordings of them but there are many CDs
>of his many harpsichord concertos and finding the right combination
>of his name for a search engine to recognise can be rather frustrating.
Sounds like you need Dave's Amazing Amazon Search Tips(tm)! Guess
I'll have to get around to that. Actually, any search involving Bach,
Beethoven, Mozart, Karajan, and a few others is going to be very
problematic, so I can understand Richard's frustration. In fact, I know
first hand as I've already done the hard work for you. Check the CPE
Bach page at Classical Net for links where you can buy the concerto in
both 2 harpsichord and fortepiano/harpsichord versions. There's even a
review of one of the releases by Ray Tuttle:
One recording listed there (Archiv 419256-2) also includes WF Bach's
concerto in E Flat Major for 2 harpsichords and orchestra (F 46), of
unknown date. So, that's three more works to add to the list.
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