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Label: Glossa

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

Artist: Roel Dieltiens & Orchestra of the 18th Century

Composer: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

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  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788): Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq 170:
  • 1Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq 170: I. Allegro assai11:39
  • 2Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq 170: II. Andante08:54
  • 3Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq 170: III. Allegro assai06:51
  • Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq 171:
  • 4Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq 171: I. Allegretto08:30
  • 5Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq 171: II. Adagio09:07
  • 6Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq 171: III. Allegro assai06:55
  • Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq 172:
  • 7Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq 172: I. Allegro07:08
  • 8Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq 172: II. Largo con sordini09:45
  • 9Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq 172: III. Allegro assai05:16
  • Total Runtime01:14:05

Info for C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was Johann Sebastian Bach’s second and most successful son. He was a transitional figure between the Baroque and the Classicism, and greatly influenced Mozart and Beethoven, partly thanks to his keyboard sonatas. In the 18th century, the cello concerto was still a fairly new genre, and Boccherini and Haydn had not yet written their contributions at the point when C.P.E. Bach completed his, the three concertos written between 1750 and 1753.

The tempestuous drama of the openings and the carefree candour of the finales stand in stark contrast to the tenderness and emotional depth of the slow parts. The renowned Belgian cellist Roel Dieltiens and the legendary Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century reveal themselves to be born raconteurs, turning this music into fascinating, colourful stories.

The edition includes a beautiful essay by the popular novelist Anna Enquist, a long-time friend of the Orchestra and of the late Frans Brüggen, in which she takes her experience visiting the recording sessions of this album in Amsterdam as a departure point to explore the musical personality of Carl Philipp Emanuel, especially when seen in relation to his father’s œuvre.

Roel Dieltiens, cello
Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century

Roel Dieltiens
The cellist Roel Dieltiens studied in Antwerp (B) and Detmold (D). He swiftly made a name for himself on the international scene and is now regarded as an authority on both modern and Baroque cello. His strong personality, overwhelming musicality and unconventional approach took him right from the beginning of his career to all the world’s great concert centres (Paris, Berlin, London, New York, Moscow, Tokyo). He has also gained international recognition as a chamber musician and founder of the celebrated Ensemble Explorations. Since 2010 he has appeared in trio formation with Andreas Staier (piano) and Daniel Sepec (violin).

He has made a whole series of recordings for the Harmonia Mundi and Etcetera labels that have consistently received praise from the critics and aroused great public interest. Some quotations from the reviews that have greeted his CDs illustrate this nicely: ‘Simply the best’ (Classic CD, USA, on the recording of Kodály’s Sonata for solo cello op. 8); ‘The only significant disc of cello music to appear in 1997’ (Fanfare, USA, on his Franchomme CD); ‘A distinguished disc, and the best Vivaldi recording for a long time’ (Diapason, France, on his first CD of cello concertos by Vivaldi).

In 2010 Roel Dieltiens received a Klara award and the Caecilia Prize for his recent recording of the Suites for unaccompanied cello of J. S. Bach. Roel Dieltiens is Professor of Cello at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich (CH) and has served as a jury member in international competitions including the Leipzig Bach Competition and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition.

In addition to this, he is associated with the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (B), where he teaches chamber music. In 2006 the TV channel Canvas produced a comprehensive in-depth documentary about this artist.

Booklet for C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concertos

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