The music world is celebrating Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s 300th birthday this year – Johann Sebastian’s most famous son. Bizarre, emotionally charged, eccentric, and forward-looking: that’s how you can hear the birthday boy in this concert with selected symphonies and solo concerts. Reinhard Goebel, one of the most important interpreters of early music, will conduct the Berliner Barock Solisten, composed predominantly of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
300th Anniversary of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Birthday
Symphony in G major H 667
Symphony in E flat major Wq 179
Flute Concerto in G major Wq 169
Cello Concerto in B flat major Wq 171
Marches Dances Wqs 189 and 190 (Selections)
Introduction: 7:00 pm
“In composition and in piano playing, I never had another mentor besides my father,” wrote Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Despite or perhaps because of his overwhelming role model, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach succeeded in developing his own very personal style – bizarre, emotionally charged, eccentric and forward-looking. Emerging from the Baroque musical aesthetic, he became one of the precursors of the First Viennese School. His symphonies and works for piano had a lasting influence on Haydn and Mozart. This can also be heard in the two symphonies the Berlin Baroque Soloists will perform when they conclude the 300th anniversary celebration of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s birthday. The composer first became interested in the symphony genre during his tenure as court harpsichordist for the Prussian King Friedrich II, and remained so throughout his later service as Municipal Music Director of Hamburg.
Other pieces on the programme are the Concertos for Flute in G major and for Cello in B flat major, both among the works Bach composed for the Prussian royal court. The soloists are the Danish flautist Jacques Zoon, who guest-performed with the Berlin Baroque Soloists in March 2014 with a concerto by C. P. E. Bach, and Bruno Delepelaire, first solo cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. The concert will be conducted by Reinhard Goebel, a specialist in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s music.