Nicolas Altstaedt

CPE Bach Cello Concertos

Nicolas Altstaedt

CPE Bach Cello concertos in A minor, B flat major and A major

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello); Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen
Hyperion CDA 68112

Reviewed November 2016

CPE Bach creates a sense of emotional turbulence in these three concertos, their quixotic changes of mood thrillingly conveyed in Arcangelo’s informed and stylish performances. Conductor Jonathan Cohen highlights the music’s nervous tension, while cellist Nicolas Altstaedt draws on the various techniques of rhetoric so fundamental to the composer’s style.

Audio clip: Allegro Assai from Cello Concerto in A major