Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Baroque violinist Rachel Podger is joined by hand-picked musical friends to explore the contrasts and contradictions of CPE Bach, who celebrates his 300th anniversary this year. The composer's Sonata in C minor in particular offers an extraordinary musical portrait of the most musically rebellious of the younger Bachs.
CPE Bach: Trio Sonata in A major, Wq 146
CPE Bach: Violin Sonata in C minor, Wq 78
CPE Bach: Keyboard Sonata in E minor ('Kenner und Liebhaber' Collection No. 5), Wq 59/1
CPE Bach: Trio Sonata in C minor, 'Sanguineus and Melancholicus', for two violins and bass, Wq 161/1
Rachel Podger (violin)
Katy Bircher (flute)
Bojan Cicic (violin)
Tomasz Pokrzywinski (cello)
Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach. Second son of JS Bach and godson of Georg 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 unprecedented 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.