This is almost the only CPE Bach concert available on video, but I am happy to report it is generally excellent, both musically and technically. There are a few faults for which I would not deduct any stars, given the overall excellence of the production and the hard work of all involved--but I will mention them in case there are any newcomers who would like an opinion, and also to hopefully encourage people (i.e. concert producers) to avoid mistakes in the future.
1. The use of a historic, apparently un-restored bassoon as a centerpiece solo instrument here is slightly strange. It's unattractive both visually and aurally, and furthermore, it cannot keep up with the conductor's tempo (and the conductor appears oblivious). I am sure the bassoonist is proficient in his art, the limitation being in the instrument, not the musician. In short, one cannot just unearth an old fossil out of some archeological dig and plop it on the stage ... it needs to be gone over with an old toothbrush or something. And if perchance there is something unusual or unique about it, that it should be showcased, please mention it somewhere.
2. There are a couple of historic long heraldic trumpets used, with drapery attached a la Disney ... and I would sorely like to see these musicians close up and watch them manipulate these horns! But I think the cameraman was trained in the Lawrence Welk tradition, only zooming onto the bell of the instrument as if that were somehow the source of all musical fascination. In the several movements where brass is used, we continue to get extensive video coverage of the conductor (of course), and the violins, the f-holes, the bows sawing back and forth, the harpsichordist's fingers, the choir from one end to the other, even the church ceiling ... but only a few split-seconds, literally, of the trumpets (and generally only on the bell). Surely, this is not satisfying video direction when trumpets are used so rarely in period-instrument concerts.
3. Whereas the C.P.E. Bach oratorio was pure joy to watch, the J.S. Bach oratorio which followed is anticlimactic. First we are going backwards in time some 40 years. That is not the way to plan a program, the chronologically earlier piece will sound weak by comparison. The J.S. Bach piece does not even use chorus--they have all gone home. We have only the 4 soloists, which just makes the J.S. Bach piece sound all the weaker, not at all fair to the composer. Solution: program the chronologically earlier piece first, especially if it's also for smaller ensemble!
Quibbles aside, it's an excellent video, with excellent sound, of excellent music, and highly recommended.
The only other recordings of C.P.E. Bach on video I know of are (1) a single symphony performed by Il Giardino Armonico, along with some J.S. Bach and Vivaldi, and (2) 'Flute Concertos at Sansoucci - A Tribute to Frederick the Great', including one of CPE's flute concerti. Check out my other reviews and Happy CPE Bach 300th Birthday to all!