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Subtitled ‘C P E Bach’s Empfindungen (language of feeling) and the successors of his legacy,’ this disc is beautifully performed on an undated, oak-cased fortepiano from the Edwin Beunk Collection.

The music of C P E Bach, that most quirky and enigmatic of Bach’s composing sons, offers enormous riches. The Fantasia and Rondo from the Sonaten für Kenner und Liebhaber offer a great pairing, and Inoue is miraculously exploratory in the Fantasia’s recitatives. The Sonata Wq65/17 is full of formal and gestural explorations; even the sweet central Adagio holds a sheaf of question marks. Inoue is more convincing than Spanyi (BIS).

Haydn’s A-flat Sonata is utter delight, its inclusion justified by clear links to C P E’s style. Great to hear Mozart on the fortepiano (Fantasy and Fugue K383a), while the Beethoven Eroica Variations boasts beautifully clear counterpoint in a wide-ranging reading. A superb disc that not only entertains, but also educates.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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