Jan 5, 2012

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C.P.E. Bach's
Six String Sinfonias

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It is very rare to experience all six of C.P.E. Bach's sinfonias in one concert. This CD captures the final live performance of The Vivaldi Project's tour of these works held on September 19th, 2010 at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.  Completely unedited, the CD is a true record of that Event.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, in addition to being the leading keyboard player and teacher of his day, was also recognized as a composer with innovative and revolutionary ideas-the six sinfonias for strings, W. 182, containing some of the most audacious and dramatic material he wrote.  Orchestral outbursts, both extended and short, are juxtaposed amidst lyrical and expressive thematic material, serving to enahnce the emotional intensity of the music. In these orchestral outbursts, Vivaldi's influence is very much in evidence through the virtuoso figurations---rapid scales, arpegios, multiple stops, and other technical challenges, especially those that are in the upper pitch range of the violin.  

These sinfonias illustrate how the art of violin playing as advanced and developed by Vivaldi, directly influenced orchestral violin writing, increasing the technical demand placed upon the players and raising the standard of their playing.  It is hard to imagine that Bach could have created them without Vivaldi's innovations, and in turn these sinfonias must have inspired subsequest composers to write more imaginative orchestra violin parts. 

John Hsu is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor of Music Emeritus at Cornell University, where he taught for 50 years (1955-2005). As an instrumentalist and conductor, he has toured throughout this country and Europe, and made award-winning recordings. Among them are his CD of Haydn Baryton Trios (with violist David Miller and cellist Fortunato Arico), which was chosen Winner in the Music Retailers Association's Annual Award for Excellence in London, 1989; and his CD Symphonies for the Esterhazy Court by Joseph Haydn (with the Apollo Ensemble), which was nominated for the 1996 International Cannes Classical Music Award. He is also the editor of the first modern edition of the complete instrumental works by Marin Marais, published by Broude Brothers Limited and The Broude Trust. In May 2000, the government of France and its Ministry of Culture bestowed the high honor of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on John Hsu in recognition of his life-long commitment to French Baroque music as a scholar, performer, and teacher. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, which awarded him the Honorary Doctor of Music degree in 1971, and the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003. He is also Artistic Director Emeritus of the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities, the pioneering musical organization in the historical performance movement in this country, founded by Albert Fuller in 1972. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

C.P.E. Bach, Live Performance 2010

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"A storm of electrifying improvisation impelled
by a throbbing metrical pulse"
(Washington Post)

"buoyant spirit, expressive warmth and technical fluency" 
(Baltimore Sun)

"The string playing of The Vivaldi Project
musicians was simply breathtaking!"

"The Vivaldi Project has helped to reinsert our sense
of wonder and surprise at music that will never sound old."
(Classical Voice of North Carolina) 
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