CPE Bach, and all that followed…

CPE Bach

Intense lyricism, daredevil virtuosity, shocking harmonisation, passion, eloquence, drama and subtlety, are all hallmarks of CPE Bach’s kaleidoscopic, often outrageous and bizarre masterworks.

This programme offers concertgoers the opportunity to closely examine CPE Bach’s indisputable influence on the music of his successors, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven; to discover how he helped shape and bring about the Classical era, as we know it today.

He is the father – we are the children!

W. A. Mozart

Sharona Joshua’s recording of CPE selected fortepiano works, released in 2007 by Rubato Records Ltd., received the highest praise by the press.


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Fantasy in E flat (H.277), Wq.58/6

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Adagio in b minor K.540

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Rondo No.2 in C minor (H.283), Wq 59/4

Joseph Haydn – Sonata No.58 in C Hob.XVI/48

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata No.VI in f minor Wq.63/6

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Fantasy in C minor K.475

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata ‘Pathetique’ in C minor Op.13

“[One] has to wonder why CPE Bach’s music is seldom played, listening to Israeli pianist Sharona Joshua’s stunning performances in this collection of sonatas and fantasias. The breathtaking originality of the playing, wonderfully appropriate on the early fortepiano, with its intimate, dry tone, catches every revolutionary nuance of Bach’s unsung genius. If CPE Bach’s day ever comes then Joshua must be seen as his critical missionary.”

Michael Tumelty, The Herald

“Joshua’s playing demonstrated that in the hands of an excellent musician the fortepiano’s qualities can enhance the work of the greatest composers.”

Musical Opinion

“Her recital was distinguished not just by insightful, intelligent musicianship, but also by the refinement and shading of the tone colours she extracted from her instrument.”

Harpsichord and Fortepiano Magazine