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C.P.E. Bach’s Sensitive Side

In honor of the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel, Sinfonia explores the music of the Empfindsamer Stil (“Sensitive Style”). The wide range of emotional expression, unpredictability, intense drama, and “playing from the soul” of the sensitive style finds its roots in literary circles. With no clear musical precursors and only a tenuous relationship to the Viennese Sturm und Drang (“Storm and Stress”) of the 1770s, the fluid shifting and turbulence of this style is always exciting for performers and audience alike. Join Sinfonia as we explore together this unique chapter of the pre-classical period which aims to “touch the heart and move the affections.”

The program with include the first hearing in North America of a recently identified Sinfonia by Friedemann Bach.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach:
Symphony in G Major, H. 657 (Wq. 182/1)
Symphony in G Major, H. 648 (Wq. 173)
Concerto for Violoncello in A Minor, H. 432 (Wq. 170)
Douglas Poplin, Violoncello
12 Variationes über die Follies d'Espagne (“La Folia Variation”), H.263 (Wq.118/9)
Adam Pearl, Harpsichord
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach:
Sinfonia in D Major, Br C-Inc. 16 [North American Premiere]

“a triumphant performance. . . . . dynamite reading . . . rolled out magnificently and with exuberant conviction.”