C.P.E. Bach: Lieder

C.P.E. Bach: Lieder
Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Artist Impetus Madrid Baroque Ensemble
Mariví Blasco soprano
Yago Mahúgo fortepiano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 95462
EAN code 5028421954622
Release May 2017

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The flowering of the German Lied tradition may be most closely associated with Schubert, but in fact the genre has much deeper roots than that. Already in the 18th century, composers such as C.P.E. Bach were forming a musical language that would set the stage for its extensive development 100 years later. At this point, they made a distinction between the 'Lied', 'Ode' and 'Hymne'; Bach strongly preferred the Lied (or song), which was composed in verses, and required an accompaniment, unlike the ode. Indeed, Bach's keyboard accompaniments were so wonderfully florid that they could be performed without the singer – as 'Handstücke', as he marked in the score. This new recording includes versions of each Lied for fortepiano solo alone alongside the standard version with the soprano, giving the listener a unique chance to experience Bach's Lieder in two different but equally authentic ways.

Soprano Mariví Blasco has performed at prestigious venues across Spain, in roles as varied as Mozart (Despina in Così fan tutte at the Teatro Arenal) and Poulenc (in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Teatro Real). This is her first collaboration with renowned keyboardist Yago Mahúgo, already a prominent recording artist with Brilliant Classics, whose CDs have previously garnered high praise. A specialist in historical performance practice, Mahúgo performs on a fortepiano by Keith Hill, modelled after Anton Walter (1796).

This CD contains a selection of Geistliche Oden und Lieder (sacred songs) by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the most talented son of the great Johann Sebastian.
By the end of the 18th century the Lied took its now familiar form: a strophic setting of poems for solo voice with the accompaniment of a keyboard instrument. C.P.E. Bach’s Lieder were mostly on sacred texts, by Gellert and Sturm. As always with this composer we are struck by the craftsmanship, originality and forward looking in his works. The accompaniment offers more than a simple basso continuo, they are richly written keyboard settings, featuring occasional ritornelli between the strophes. Beautifully sung by Spanish soprano Mariví Blasco, specialised in Early Music, cofounder of Accademia del Piacere and L’Arpeggiata. Yago Mahugo plays the fortepiano, is leader of the Ímpetus Madrid Baroque Ensemble and plays the keyboard solo versions of the songs as a bonus.

Recorded in Madrid, Spain in 2014.
Contains liner notes and biographies of the artists.
Contains the sung texts in Italian and English.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Geistliche Oden und Lieder I, H. 686: VII. Prüfung am Abend
  2. Geistliche Oden und Lieder I, H. 686: IX. Bitten
  3. Geistliche Oden und Lieder I, H. 686: XV. Morgengesang
  4. Geistliche Oden und Lieder I, H. 686: XXX. Trost der Erlösung
  5. Geistliche Oden und Lieder I, H. 686: XLVI. Bußlied
  6. Geistliche Oden und Lieder I, H. 686: XLIX. Wider den Übermut
  7. Geistliche Gesänge, H. 749: II. Passionslied
  8. Geistliche Gesänge, H. 749: XI. Weihnachtslied
  9. Geistliche Gesänge, H. 749: XIII. Der Tag des Weltgerichts
  10. Geistliche Gesänge, H. 749: XXIX. Über die Finsterniss kurz vor dem Tode Jesu
  11. Geistliche Gesänge, H. 752: XII. Andenken an den Tod
  12. Geistliche Gesänge, H. 752: XVII. Gott, der Ernährer der Menschen
  13. Geistliche Gesänge, H. 752: XXIX. Jesus in Gethsemane
  14. Geistliche Oden und Lieder on Fortepiano Solo, H. 686: VII. Prüfung am Abend
  15. Geistliche Oden und Lieder on Fortepiano Solo, H. 686: IX. Bitten
  16. Geistliche Oden und Lieder on Fortepiano Solo, H. 686: XV. Morgengesang
  17. Geistliche Oden und Lieder on Fortepiano Solo, H. 686: XXX. Trost der Erlösung
  18. Geistliche Oden und Lieder on Fortepiano Solo, H. 686: XLVI. Bußlied
  19. Geistliche Oden und Lieder on Fortepiano Solo, H. 686: XLIX. Wider den Übermut
  20. Geistliche Gesänge on Fortepiano Solo, H. 749: II. Passionslied
  21. Geistliche Gesänge on Fortepiano Solo, H. 749: XI. Weihnachtslied
  22. Geistliche Gesänge on Fortepiano Solo, H. 749: XIII. Der Tag des Weltgerichts
  23. Geistliche Gesänge on Fortepiano Solo, H. 749: XXIX. Über die Finsterniss kurz vor dem Tode Jesu
  24. Geistliche Gesänge on Fortepiano Solo, H. 752: XII. Andenken an den Tod
  25. Geistliche Gesänge on Fortepiano Solo, H. 752: XVII. Gott, der Ernährer der Menschen
  26. Geistliche Gesänge on Fortepiano Solo, H. 752: XXIX. Jesus in Gethsemane