Paolo Pandolfo & Rinaldo Alessandrini

CPE Bach’s ‘Empfindsamer Stil” was well-suited for the keyboard. But the recipe also worked for other instruments: the viol sonatas are examples of Bach’s brilliant symbiosis of technical mastery and melodic accuracy.
The three sonatas for viol and clavier that CPE Bach composed originated in an early phase of his career, when he was active as a keyboard player at the court of Frederick the Great. Addressee may have been Ludwig Christian Hesse – the viol player whom the music-loving emperor had hired for his court orchestra. Rinaldo Alessandrini and Paolo Pandolfo are a spunky team for this highly cultivated music of the Enlightenment.

Paolo Pandolfo, viol | Rinaldo Alessandrini, harpsichord

C.P.E. Bach: Sonata in C for viol and clavier, Wq 136; Suite for clavier, Wq 62/12; Sonata in D for viol and clavier, Wq 137 a.o.