CPE Bach: Sinfonia No 3 in C major, Wq 182/3; Cello Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Wq 171; Sinfonia in E minor, Wq 178; Piccolo Cello Sonata in D major, Wq 137; Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, Wq 17

Reviewed on Thu 16 Jun, 2016

Ophélie Gaillard is an eloquent and elegant soloist possessing pleasing tone in the Cello Concerto No 2 in B flat major, lively and reflective in nature as required.

This is the second volume that the Pulcinella Orchestra, guided by cellist Ophélie Gaillard, have dedicated to the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. They clearly make the point that CPE was certainly no wallflower compared to his much-revered father. The C major and E minor sinfonias find CPE at his most rumbustious and virile, with a keen ear for timbre, colour and dynamics in evidence, all of which this period-instrument band delight in exploring. Gaillard is an eloquent and elegant soloist possessing pleasing tone in the Cello Concerto No 2, lively and reflective in nature as required. The intimacy of the Sonata in D major is enhanced by Gaillard’s use of a piccolo cello with judicious harpsichord support supplied by Francesco Corti. The latter draws additional plaudits for his fortepiano continuos in the sinfonias and as soloist in the D minor Harpsichord Concerto, from which the slow movement proves especially memorable. Excellent recorded sound; notes from Gaillard and Gilles Cantagrel add to the appeal of this most recommendable release.
–Evan Dickerson