As the recording date suggests, this CD is a re-issue, originally published by Capriccio in 1987 and re-released most recently in 2004 as part of their 12 CD 'CPE Bach Edition' of symphonies, concertos, keyboard music, flute sonatas and vocal music (C49367). Phoenix have already re-issued most of the discs in that set this summer, their own 'CPE Bach Edition'. They have concentrated on a design facelift: the booklets have attractive old school covers, clean block layouts and even a color photo printed on the discs themselves. Admittedly the perfunctory liner-notes are nothing to get excited about, but generally speaking. • When it came out, this particular recording won a German Record Award (now the ECHO Prize) , an industry award that was fully deserved. Nowadays Hartmut Haenchen is still artistic director of the CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra, which has gone on to build up a superb reputation for musicianship. It may appear to be the obvious that the orchestra specialises in the 18th century repertoire , but it did not start out as a new music ensemble! • Roland Münch plays the Mendes organ at the To the happy embassy Church in Berlin. The instrument is also known as the Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia organ, after the royal who commissioned John Migend to build it in 1753. It was completed in 1756 and then moved to another Berlin church following Amalia's death. It has been a good sound, and has been well recorded here, optimally balanced with the orchestra and harpsichord continuo, and with negligible background noise. Incidentally, the CD does not confirm this is a DDD recording, but the original Capriccio cover does. • The two Organ Concertos have been surprisingly infrequently recorded as such, due in part to the fact that CPE was more of a general keyboardist than a dedicated organist the case of the G major work, on a flute! Consequently, the Concertos are more or less virtuosic, packed with typically Emanuelian elegance, variety, depth, controlled excitement and invention. • The brilliant Prelude in D, Wq 70/7 (H 107) and Fantasy and Fugue in C minor, Wq 119/7 help fill out the disc, although they still leave it very short. The Symphonies were poorly distributed over two CDs in the original Capriccio releases. The Fantasy and Fugue is listed in New Grove under Helmet 75.5, not as here under H 103, which appears not to exist. The Packard Humanities Institute's new edition of Emanuel's complete works, entitled - yes - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, should sort out such discrepancies.