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NI 6141

J S Bach - Keyboard Concertos

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2012

Originally recorded in 2008


English Chamber Orchestra

David Parry

Nick van Bloss



Henry Wood Hall, London

18-20 July 2008


Michael Haas


Jonathan Stokes

Neil Hutchinson

Record Label



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 73:22
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Concerto in A major, BWV 1055

1 Allegro 4:11
2 Larghetto 5:22
3 Allegro ma non tanto 4:05

Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058

4 Allegro 3:42
5 Andante 5:52
6 Allegro assai 4:02

Concerto in D major, BWV 1054

7 Allegro 7:24
8 Adagio e piano sempre 6:34
9 Allegro 2:44

Concerto in E major, BWV 1053

10 Allegro 8:24
11 Sicilliano 4:43
12 Allegro 6:12

Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056

13 Allegro moderato 3:33
14 Largo 3:15
15 Presto 3:19

“These performances remain true to my personal ideal and I hope that the irresistible drive and inherent emotional potency of the concertos has to some extent been realised. With thanks to the supportive work of the conductor and orchestra, I also hope that they ‘speak’ with an imprint that is my own.” Nick van Bloss 2011

Nick van Bloss was born in London and began piano lessons at the age of 11. His musical training began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and he entered the Royal College of Music at the age of 15 as a Junior, attending full time from the age of 17, studying with Yonty Solomon and winning prizes for his playing. Further studies were with Benjamin Kaplan. In 1987, on hearing him play, the great Russian virtuoso, Tatiana Nikoleyeva, on her first ever trip out of the Soviet Union, described van Bloss as the ‘finished article of a pianist’.

"...This disc has much to recommend it, most of all the impression of genuine  heart at its centre..."

Jessica Duchen - International Piano - January/February 2012


                      Performance *****     Recording *****
"Amid a plethora of recordings of Bach’s keyboard concertos, many of them recent, Nick van Bloss can claim the remarkable achievement of creating a thoroughly distinctive sound. No one else matches the crystalline clarity of his fingering, his ability to find motifs and figures hidden in the textures, and his  hypnotic driving sense of pulse... The English Chamber Orchestra is infected by his his inspiration, while the recording is beautifully balanced and alive."

George Pratt - BBC Music magazine - March 2012

‘...precision is paramount, and Van Bloss employs it here to mesmerizing effect...’

The Independent

"Nick’s recording of Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’, NI 6136, released in January 2011 by Nimbus Records, was met with universal acclaim:‘Blissful freshness of approach... delicious... Fascinating...’

International Piano Magazine

‘..sublime poetry, playfulness and, above all, a relish of what the modern piano can bring to this music in terms of dynamics, colour and articulation.’

The Sunday Times

             "Album of the Week"
"This fine recording is unusual thanks to van Bloss’s approach to ornamentation, which doesn’t always follow the conventional practices. He has a way of putting a bloom on the notes in the slow movements, which sing beautifully: the music emerges with pristine freshness."

Michael Church - The Independant

"Van Bloss performs these works more in the András Schiff vein, with the piano seamlessly integrated, phrase shapes clear and intelligent, articulation crisp and never intrusive, and the whole thing held together by and underlying sweetness. Under David Parry, the ensemble is smartly balanced, the soloist and intonation is clean."

Phillip Kennicott - Gramophone magazine

"...fine performances ... the piano playing is beautifully even ... Van Bloss led these performances from the keyboard, and the sense of unity between solo and accompaniment is palpable."

Dominy Clements - - January 2012

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