CPE Bach: Cello Concertos (cond. Bernard Labadie, perf. Truls Mørk, Les Violons du Roy)

cpebachcelloconcertThrough high school and college (and probably even beyond that but I stopped keeping track), I had no patience for Classical-era (note the capital C) music. Too balanced, too restrained, too courtly, it just did not reflect how I felt about anything, with its emotions so neatly tucked in and buttoned up. But when life throws at you what 2014 has thrown at us, well, it sure has been refreshing to turn on some Classical forms and let them be the order in my life. I wanted nothing hairy, nothing unkempt, nothing that was unpredictable. These forms were comforting. And with my newfound maturity (read: boringness) as I approach old-age, I found I really enjoyed them. Once you are comfortable with the format, you can find the expressiveness within, and these cello concerti by the most famous of the most famous Bach’s sons are wonderful, especially given the amount of latitude conductor Bernard Labadie takes with rhythms. I find the slower, second movements the least enjoyable and a bit draggy on Labadie’s part, but Concerto 172 in A Major here is basically perfect from start to finish.

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Cello Concerto Wq. 172 in A major, Cello Concerto Wq. 171 in B flat major, Cello Concerto Wq. 170 in A minor
Song Notes: After the jump

Cello Concerto Wq. 172 in A major

  1. Movement 1 – Allegro
  2. Movement 2 – Largo con sordini, mesto
  3. Movement 3 – Allegro assai

Cello Concerto Wq. 171 in B flat major

  1. Movement 1 – Allegretto
  2. Movement 2 – Adagio
  3. Movement 3 – Allegro assai

Cello Concerto Wq. 170 in A minor

  1. Movement 1 – Allegro assai
  2. Movement 2 – Andante
  3. Movement 3 – Allegro assai

 

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