C.P.E. Bach (1714–1788), perhaps the most well known of Johann Sebastian’s children, is still a much misunderstood and under-rated composer. Heralding the beginnings of classical style, his well balanced and expressive compositions were influential on Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, as well as later composers like Mendelssohn and Weber. His symphonies, especially the later set of four composed between 1775 and 1776, are some of his most forward looking works and a wonderful addition to any concert for strings or small orchestra.
Six Symphonies for Baron van Swieten Wq. 182 (1773) for continuo and strings Cemb–Str No. 1 in G major 16 minutes No. 2 in B flat major 13 minutes No. 3 in C major 13 minutes No. 4 in A major 13 minutes No. 5 in B minor 16 minutes No. 6 in E major 13 minutes
Four Symphonies Wq. 183 (1775–1776) for orchestra 22.214.171.124–126.96.36.199–Cemb–Str No. 1 in D major 12 minutes No. 2 in E flat major 17 minutes No. 3 in F major 11 minutes No. 4 in G major 12 minutes
Concerto in A minor Wq. 26 (1750) 26 minutes for solo keyboard and strings Solo Kbd–Str