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Thu 30 Jan 2014

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Gamechangers: A Forgotten Revolutionary

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £9-£38

Venue website: Booking fee applies

Venue telephone: 020 7960 4200

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Avant garde. Eccentric. A maniac. Wild and adventurous. Off the wall. Extraordinary.  No marketing hyperbole – this is how our players describe Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach and his music.

One of the many children of JS Bach, CPE Bach always lived in his father’s shadow, and now is an almost unknown figure at least beyond the classical cogniscenti. How can such an unknown be considered a gamechanger? A listen to his music reveals just why – it constantly shifts, wrongfooting the listener when they least expect it with wild changes of direction and colour – it’s bright, effervescent, and is a fascinating link between the music of his father (and the Baroque era) and Joseph Haydn (and the Classical era). Join us and enjoy the music of this forgotten trailblazer.

CPE Bach Symphony in E flat, Wq 179
CPE Bach
Symphony in B minor, Wq 182, No. 5
CPE Bach
Concerto for Harpsichord and Fortepiano in E flat, Wq 47
CPE Bach
Symphony in A, Wq 182, No. 4
CPE Bach
Symphony in D, Wq 183, No. 1
CPE Bach
Symphony in F, Wq 183, No. 3

Rebecca Miller conductor
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
Danny Driver

Concert finishes at approximately 8:50pm.

Venue details

Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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  • I think you should know that this concert is missing from the OAE page on the Southbank website, along with some OAE Tots dates. I accessed the page by clicking All Festivals on the Home page, then OAE 13/14. The website is riddled with mistakes, so you might spot others..

    Fortunately, I had already checked your website last week because I was having so much trouble using theirs and knew the concert existed, I was therefore able to find it by entering Game Changers in the search box. Other people may not know about it.

    Irene Ware Fri Feb 8 2013
  • Thanks so much for this Irene- we’ve passed on these comments to the Southbank Centre.

    oae Mon Feb 11 2013
  • Is this available on CD?

    James Bain Thu Jan 30 2014