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Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 2

Bach: Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 2

The Classical Shop
release date: February 1998

Originally recorded in 1997

Artists:

Paul Nicholson

harpsichord

Robert Woolley

harpsichord

Laurence Cummings

harpsichord

John Toll

harpsichord

Purcell Quartet



Venue:

St Bartholemews Church, Orford, Suffolk



Producer:

Martin Compton



Engineer:

Ben Connellan



Record Label
Chaconne

Genre:

Harpsichord


Early Music

Total Time - 57:59
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

(1685-1750)
 

Concerto in C major for three harpsichords and strings BWV 1064

16:16  
1 I [Allegro] 6:30
2 II Adagio 5:15
3 III Allegro 4:29
   
 

Concerto in G minor for harpsichord and strings BWV 1058

13:10  
4 I [Allegro] 3:48
5 II Andante 5:35
6 III Allegro assai 3:46
   
 

Concerto in E major for harpsichord and strings BWV 1053

19:04  
7 I [Allegro] 8:07
8 II Siciliano 4:37
9 III Allegro 6:28
   
 

Concerto in A minor for four harpsichords and strings BWV 1065

9:24  
10 I [Allegro] 4:00
11 II Largo 1:58
12 III Allegro 3:26


Robert Woolley and the Purcell Quartet continue their definitive Bach Harpsichord Concerto series which has quickly gained a reputation for freshness and clarity.

Thought to be the first complete survey of the concertos recorded with single strings, the texture aquires a clarity which allows the listener to enjoy the works in a totally new light. The full body of the harpsichord tone comes through clearly, rather than being masked by the string sound.

The Concerto for four harpsichords featured on this album is actually a transcription of Vivaldi’s Concerto for four violins, Op 3 No 10. It is a fascinating to see how Bach treats Vivaldi’s virtuosic concerto, and how well it has been transferred to the keyboard. The reading is doubly fascinating in that it brings together for the first time ever, four copies of the same Mietke harpsichord, by four diferent makes.

Bach’s Concerto for three harpsichords (BWV 1064) was originally written as a concerto in D for three violins. Original sources are few for the multiple concertos but it is assumed that this work was first concieved around 1730, very probably for his capable elder sons (Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel), and/or his reportedly favourite pupil Johann Ludwig Krebs.

The Concerto for harpsichord and strings in G minor (BWV 1058) is a mildly transposed version of Bach’s today famous Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041). Modifications are mainly to the bassline of the solo part.

The Concerto for harpsichord and strings in E major (BWV 1053) is again a re-composition of an earlier work. It is unclear which instrument served as soloist in the lost original, but many sources point to it being a wind instrument. The individuality and idiomaticism of the keyboard role is particularly significant in this concerto.

 

 

 

 

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