CDs / DVDs, 01. September 2011
... When these two discs first came out they won a Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (now the ECHO Prize), an industry award that was fully deserved: Bach's excellent music is given first-rate attention by Hartmut Haenchen and his fine group of musicians. Today Haenchen is still artistic director of the CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra, which has gone on from these relatively early days to build up a reputation for excellent period musicianship. Given their name and the quality performances in these recordings, it may appear to be stating the obvious that the Orchestra specialises in eighteenth century repertoire, but it did in fact start out as a new music ensemble!

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