C.P.E Bach – The complete violin sonatas

In July 2016 Pieter-Jan and Rie spent a wonderful 4 days in North Yorkshire recording the complete violin sonatas by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The recording was released in July 2017 on Resonus Classics!

Read the review for this recording in The Guardian.

“intelligently and elegantly conveyed by the distinguished Amsterdam-based players.”

Please enjoy a taste of this recording through the video below – it’s the entire 1st movement of the Sonata in B minor, Wq 76

‘This impressively comprehensive study of all CPE Bach’s work for keyboard and violin […] is intelligently and elegantly conveyed by the distinguished Amsterdam-based players Rie Kimura, violin, and Pieter-Jan Belder, keyboards. Recommended.’

The Observer

‘The dazzling duo partnership of violinist Rie Kimura and keyboard player Pieter-Jan Belder delivers rich dividends on all musical fronts, their pooled technique truly formidable, while their mastery of CPE Bach’s sound-world (which in this instance was originated over a long period) is evidently the result of careful study.’

Classical Ear (5 stars)

‘[…] Pieter-Jan Belder’s sparkling accounts. […] Violinist RIe Kimura’s playing is supple and stylish […] throughout, their response to the younger Bach’s rhetoric is keenly felt’

BBC Music Magazine

‘Kimura coaxes a lyrical flexibility from her violin, its sonorous tone enhanced by her restrained but telling vibrato usage, notably in the Adagio of the C minor Sonata. […] Belder, too, plays with a spontaneity and sense of timing that allow the music to breathe, and he negotiates the juxtaposition of figured bass and fully notated episodes in, for example, the Sonata in B minor with a degree of smooth efficiency.’

The Strad

‘[…] there is enough variation to keep one listening throughout, and the quality of the playing is never in doubt’

Lark Reviews