Works by the early Classical era feature far less often in the repertoire of the orchestral giants than those by Mozart or Haydn. Tonight is therefore a major exception, focusing as it does on compositions by two of the great Johann Sebastian’s sons: Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann.
The programme also includes a Fantasia for solo piano by C.P.E., performed on a fortepiano. Beethoven’s third piano concerto operates in very different worlds, though the listener may still detect echoes of the earlier Bachs. For the symphony by C.P.E. is separated from the Beethoven concerto by only a quarter of a century!
Leader: Raymond Cox
Soloist: Joonas Ahonen, piano & fortepiano
C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in E-flat major, Wq. 179
W.F. Bach: Symphony in F major, F. 67
C.P.E. Bach: Fantasia in C major, Wq. 59/6
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano concerto no. 3