Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (8 March 1714 – 14 December 1788) was a German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child and second (surviving) son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. His second name was given in honor of his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann, a friend of Emanuel's father.
Emanuel Bach was an influential composer working at a time of transition between his father's baroque style and the classical and romantic styles that followed it. His personal approach, an expressive and often turbulent one known as empfindsamer Stil or 'sensitive style', applied the principles of rhetoric and drama to musical structures. Bach's dynamism stands in deliberate contrast to the more mannered rococo style also then in vogue.
"Es muss ein Leben nach Afrika geben", glaubt Corinne Hofmann nach Beendigung ihrer letzten großen Lesereise vor begeistertem Publikum. Sie nimmt sich eine "Auszeit", bereist andere Länder und findet dennoch immer wieder vertraute Erinnerungsbilder und Anklänge an ihre zweite Heimat, an Afrika. …
…For this set of Classical concertos, Gabetta plays with an appropriately lean, focused sound that allows for exceptionally clean articulation and simplicity in phrasing. The precision of intonation and right-arm technique especially shines through in the little-heard Hofmann concerto and brings excitement and interest anew to the popular Haydn C major concerto. An all-around pleasing disc, this album is especially suited to listeners unfamiliar with the Hofmann concerto.