Bach & Mozart Keyboard Variations on Harpsichord

Ewald Demeyere

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Original Recording Format: DXD

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) are not composers whose works are regularly included in the same concert or recording program. One reason for this is probably of a stylistic nature: Bach wrote in the empfindsame Stil and in the Sturm und Drang style, while Mozart used a language that today is described as classical.

However, it is precisely this stylistic difference between the two composers, whose four works on this album were written between 1777 and 1782, which makes such a musical encounter so fascinating. Another reason why compositions by Bach and Mozart are not often programmed together seems to have to do with the choice of instrument.

Today, in the context of historically informed performances, Bach’s solo keyboard repertoire is mainly played on the clavichord and that of Mozart on the fortepiano. Both men, however, also played the harpsichord frequently, a fact which I found so interesting as to choose precisely that keyboard instrument for this recording in works that I believe are just as convincing on that instrument as they are on their respective instrument of reference.

Within the broad repertoire that Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach composed for keyboard, variation sets have a rather modest place; in his long career he only wrote twelve such cycles.

— Ewald Demeyere

Tracklist

1.
9 Variations on an Arioso in C Major, Wq 118-10
21:10
2.
12 Variations on 'La Belle Francoise', KV 353-300f
18:06
3.
12 Variations on 'Les Folies d?Espagne', Wq 118-9
09:54
4.
12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman', KV 265-300e
14:19

Total time: 01:03:29

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech Mono-Crystal

Digital Converters

dCS & Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Microphones

Sonodore

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Notes

A Merging + Clock Recording

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Assistant

Martijn van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Speakers

Avalon Acoustic & Musikelectronic Geithain

Recording Location

deSingel, Blauwe zaal in Antwerpen on March 8 & 9, 2019

SKU

CC72845

Release Date April 4, 2020
SKU CC72845

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