C. P. E. Bach: The Solo Keyboard Music 31

‘für Kenner und Liebhaber’ Sonatas from Collections 1 & 2
Miklós Spányi clavichord
Wq 55/1-3, 5, 56/2,4,6 [=H 244, 130, 245, 243, 246, 269, 270]

The Hungarian performer Miklós Spányi continues his complete edition of C.P.E. Bach’s solo keyboard music with four of the sonatas from the first set ‘für Kenner und Lieber’ (the remaining two appear on another disc in the series played on tangent piano) and three from the second set. Published in 1778 and 1779 these are mature sonatas which, despite what the sleeve notes refer to as their ‘tonal restlessness’, are tightly constructed and very satisfying to listen to. Spányi plays on a Hubert copy made by Thomas Friedemann Steiner, a persuasive instrument for these sonatas. He is alive to all the rhetorical implications of the music as well as showcasing its technical virtuosity. The recording quality is excellent.

Noel O’Regan