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« Reply #15280 on: June 05, 2019, 12:32:38 PM »
Saw mention of the Casella Cello Sonatas. I do like Casella, seems to be worth considering.

In addition to a Brilliant Classics release



I saw an earlier release from Dynamic.



Out of print and it seems like a wild goose chase will be required to find it at a reasonable price (although downloads are available for sale). Anyone heard both who could offer an opinion?
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« Reply #15281 on: June 05, 2019, 06:19:42 PM »
Saw mention of the Casella Cello Sonatas. I do like Casella, seems to be worth considering.

In addition to a Brilliant Classics release



I saw an earlier release from Dynamic.



Out of print and it seems like a wild goose chase will be required to find it at a reasonable price (although downloads are available for sale). Anyone heard both who could offer an opinion?

Neither recording is outstanding, but, if I had to choose, the Brilliant Classics recording has better audio quality and the performances are stronger. One of the problems I have with both recordings is the cellist. Both cellists have harsh tones that do the music a disservice, but they’re the only games in town for these works. I’m still hoping that a better recording of them comes along soon, but I won’t hold my breath.
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« Reply #15282 on: July 16, 2019, 09:17:00 AM »
Greetings.  Any opinions on this set?  I currently only have a couple of CDs of CPE Bach's symphonies and cello concertos, so this will be all pretty new territory for me...

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« Reply #15283 on: July 16, 2019, 10:59:02 AM »
Greetings.  Any opinions on this set?  I currently only have a couple of CDs of CPE Bach's symphonies and cello concertos, so this will be all pretty new territory for me...



IIRC that set is mostly modern instrument, possibly older recordings. I don't have it, but I do have Brilliant's equivalent, which covers less but is PI. I can recommend it.



Which one to get is undoubtedly more a matter of personal taste than anything else,

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« Reply #15284 on: July 16, 2019, 05:04:38 PM »
Thanks for the feedback! 

Comparing the two, I think I'm leaning towards the Hanssler -- the complete keyboard works on piano is pretty tempting... also the couple of discs I have are HIP, so this would provide some contrast.
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« Reply #15285 on: July 16, 2019, 05:16:16 PM »
Thanks for the feedback! 

Comparing the two, I think I'm leaning towards the Hanssler -- the complete keyboard works on piano is pretty tempting... also the couple of discs I have are HIP, so this would provide some contrast.

If you do get the Hanssler, I suggest supplementing it with Belder's recordings of the keyboard sonatas. It's part of the Brilliant box but available on its own as a small set.

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« Reply #15286 on: July 16, 2019, 05:31:04 PM »
I have only listened to 2-3 sonatas from it but the modern piano performances by Markovina in the Hanssler box are very highly acclaimed, and probably justly so. I do personally prefer modern piano in CPE, Mozart, and Haydn, but that's just me...search your heart and/or ears for your own preference!

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« Reply #15287 on: July 16, 2019, 05:43:33 PM »
I have only listened to 2-3 sonatas from it but the modern piano performances by Markovina in the Hanssler box are very highly acclaimed, and probably justly so. I do personally prefer modern piano in CPE, Mozart, and Haydn, but that's just me...search your heart and/or ears for your own preference!

Why did I think Markovina was on BIS? ???

That would definitely be a reason to prefer the Hanssler set.

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« Reply #15288 on: July 16, 2019, 05:45:04 PM »
Why did I think Markovina was on BIS? ???

That would definitely be a reason to prefer the Hanssler set.
Miklos Spanyi HIP is on BIS! He's up to Volume 37 so he is faaar completer than his rivals...whether that's desirable or not.

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« Reply #15289 on: July 16, 2019, 10:18:24 PM »
Greetings.  Any opinions on this set?  I currently only have a couple of CDs of CPE Bach's symphonies and cello concertos, so this will be all pretty new territory for me...


That's a no brainer, especially if you are considering buying at JPC (priced at EURO 40). The piano set, when it was on sale, cost something like 30 Euro. This is what I have. It took me a disc to adjust my ear, but since then I've enjoyed the set immensely. That you essentially get double the discs for just 10 more Euro seals the deal. And I have enjoyed CPE quite a lot, so having all the other pieces in one handy box sounds pretty nice. I like his orchestral works, but do not have any of these recordings. Modern instrument would be a draw for me, but that's a preference that may change from listener to listener.
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« Reply #15290 on: July 16, 2019, 11:06:09 PM »
I don't have any of the Hänssler CPE Bach, but I think most of the recordings are fairly recent. Mostly modern instruments would for me be a reason against it, though.
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« Reply #15291 on: July 17, 2019, 12:28:34 PM »
That's a no brainer, especially if you are considering buying at JPC (priced at EURO 40). The piano set, when it was on sale, cost something like 30 Euro. This is what I have. It took me a disc to adjust my ear, but since then I've enjoyed the set immensely. That you essentially get double the discs for just 10 more Euro seals the deal. And I have enjoyed CPE quite a lot, so having all the other pieces in one handy box sounds pretty nice. I like his orchestral works, but do not have any of these recordings. Modern instrument would be a draw for me, but that's a preference that may change from listener to listener.

On Amazon MP the piano set by itself seems to be higher priced than the 54 CD set.

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« Reply #15292 on: July 17, 2019, 11:45:26 PM »
I own both the Hänssler and the Brilliant sets, and both are excellent, but as already pointed out Hänssler is the best buy right now. As for Hänssler's perfomances while most of them are played on modern instruments (a few are HIP) they are nevertheless informed by the HIP movement and are not the least "heavy". I also enjoy Markovina's take, even if I also have a majority of Spanyi's recordings (both solo and concertos). If you insist on HIP there is also the much smaller 13 CD CPE Bach Collection issued by Warner.