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Discography: (IT) Dynamic Record Label New Release: " Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Keyboard Music " ( Giovanni Togni - Tangentenflügel (tangent piano)/Recorded Nov 2013)

Contributed by admin on Oct 02, 2016

"The pieces recorded here have been played on a peculiar instrument, which was quite widespread in the second half of the 18th century: the tangent piano (Tangentenflügel). It is a piano whose strings are struck by wooden slips without any soft coverings. In place of the rotating motion of the common piano’s hammers, the Tangent piano has strikers that move perpendicularly to the strings like a harpsichord jacks.  ...

Franz Jakob Spath (1714-1786) and Christoph Friedrich Schmahl (1739-1814) were the most famous makers of Tangentenflügel. The instrument belongs to a Swiss private collector and has come down to us virtually intact in all its parts. The tangent piano was able to satisfy the taste of performers still fond of the crystal-clear sounds of the harpsichord while at the same time offering the expressive nuances of the fortepiano and the tone-colour variations given by registers, which became fashionable in Europe from the 1770s.

The six books of Sonatas, Fantasias and Rondos, which bear the subtitle Für Kenner und Liebhaber (for masters and amateurs), were published between 1779 and 1787. The music of these pieces, which represents one of the summits of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s innovative art, though sometimes quite demanding for the listener, always has an immediate expressive and emotional impact, which makes the six books of Für Kenner und Liebhaber by the “Hamburger Bach” one of the most refined collections of keyboard pieces ever composed. "

Visit the Dynamic website to read the complete CD description as well as see some photos of the tangent piano.