C. P. E. Bach: spiritual songs

Meyn, N. and Charlston, T. (2014) C. P. E. Bach: spiritual songs. [Audio]


Songs by C. P. E. Bach performed by Norbert Meyn (tenor) and Terence Charlston (clavichord). C. P. E. Bach's two collections of religious songs, published in 1758 and 1780-81, were among the most popular eighteenth-century Lieder publications. Here a selection of them is recorded for the first time with complete texts and accompanied with the clavichord, the composer's favourite instrument, underlining their intimate nature, intended more for private devotional use than for public performance. The recording includes the 'Hamlet Fantasy' that resulted when the poet Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg imposed his paraphrase of Hamlet's soliloquy on one of C. P. E. Bach's keyboard pieces. For a discussion of this collaboration between Norbert Meyn and Terence Charlston see https://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/344/.

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