BBC Proms C. P. E. Bach 2014
Proms Chamber Music 2: C. P. E. Bach
28.07.2014, 1.00pm, Cadogan Hall
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Trio Sonata in A major (13 mins)
Violin Sonata in C minor (17 mins)
Keyboard Sonata in E minor (‘Kenner und Liebhaber’ Collection No. 5), Wq 59/1 (8 mins)
Trio Sonata in C minor, ‘Sanguineus and Melancholicus’ (14 mins)
Rachel Podger violin
Katy Bircher flute, Proms debut artist
Bojan Cičić violin, Proms debut artist
Tomasz Pokrzywiński cello, Proms debut artist
Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano, Proms debut artist
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of C. P. E. Bach. Second son of J. S. Bach and godson of George Philipp Telemann, he was also the most musically rebellious of the younger Bachs, propelling music from the Baroque style of his father’s time into the Classical era. When Mozart wrote, ‘Bach is the father, we the children’, he was referring not to Johann Sebastian but Carl Philipp Emmanuel.
Baroque violinist Rachel Podger is joined by musical friends in a programme to explore the weird and wonderful musical world of this fascinating musician. At its core is the extraordinary and unpredented C minor Trio Sonata – an instrumental dialogue between a ‘sanguine’ man and a ‘melancholic’, in which each tries to persuade the other to change his mood.