Album: C P E Bach, Harpsichord Concertos – Staier/ Müllejans/Freiburger (Harmonia Mundi)

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The Independent Culture

Published in 1772, C P E Bach's "Sei Concerti" marked the end of three decades of boredom as court harpsichordist to Frederick the Great.

The mood is one of brisk bonhomie, with fast movements that motor merrily, and the merest dash of citrus in the elegant attitudes of the slow movements. Andreas Staier's performance is impeccably articulated, most particularly in the grand cadenza of the C minor Concerto, while the orchestral sound is bright and clean.