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CPE Bach: Flute Concertos-Wq22 H425(H426 or 484/1)

Magazine article Gramophone

CPE Bach: Flute Concertos-Wq22 H425(H426 or 484/1)

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CPE Bach

Flute Concertos--Wq22 H425 (H426 or 484/1); Wq166 H430; Wq169 H445 Emmanuel Pahud fl Potsdam Chamber Academy / Trevor Pinnock hpd Warner Classics (F) 2564 62767-9 (67' * DDD)

It's perhaps rather unorthodox to begin a review by dealing with the accompanying sleeve notes, but still, here I go, because there couldn't be a clearer indication and partner to the delights to come on this disc than the above-the-bar introduction you'll find within this booklet's pages.

The wild, unorthodox music composed by CPE Bach while harpsichordist to King Frederick the Great is often attributed to career frustration, far down as he was within the court's musical pecking order. Pahud, however, suggests that Bach's lowly position actually put him at an advantage, allowing him the freedom to be inspired by his surroundings without having to toe the musical line. So his music doesn't represent internal turmoil but was instead inspired by the political, military and artistic climate of his age. …

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