Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Symphony in E flat, Wq.179
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Symphony in B minor, Wq.182/5
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Concerto in E flat for harpsichord & fortepiano, Wq.47
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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Symphony in A, Wq.182/4
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Symphony in D, Wq.183/1
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Symphony in F, Wq.183/3

Enjoy the music of forgotten trailblazer Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach.

The orchestra's players describe the composer and his music as 'Avant garde. Eccentric. A maniac. Wild and adventurous. Off the wall. Extraordinary.'

One of the many children of JS Bach, CPE Bach's music is bright and effervescent, and a fascinating link between the music of his father (and the Baroque era) and Joseph Haydn (the Classical Era).

How can such an unknown be considered a gamechanger? A listen to his music reveals just why. It constantly shifts, wrongfooting the listener when they least expect it with wild changes of direction and colour.

Join the OAE and enjoy the music of this forgotten trailblazer.

Free pre-concert event
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 5.45pm
OAE Extras. Harpsichord vs. Fortepiano in CPE Bach's music. A talk led by Rebecca Miller with contributions from Mahan Esfahani and Danny Driver.

Performers

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Rebecca Miller conductor
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Danny Driver fortepiano

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