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Bach: Harpsichord Concertos 1
Johann Sebastian Bach, Helmut Müller-Brühl, Christoph Anselm Noll
Bach: Harpsichord Concertos 1
Genre: Classical
 
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So little documentary evidence remains of Bach (many of his major works are still lost without trace) that the survival of his seven harpsichord concertos assumes great significance. From these works, we can learn much a...  more »

     
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So little documentary evidence remains of Bach (many of his major works are still lost without trace) that the survival of his seven harpsichord concertos assumes great significance. From these works, we can learn much about scoring that elsewhere has had to be conjectured; their origin as concertos for violin or oboe adds to the fascination. Until Bach put it in center stage, nobody had thought of the harpsichord as a solo instrument: it was with these works that a new genre came into being that would culminate in the concertos of Mozart and Beethoven. And they still dazzle today. Naxos's battery of soloists, led by the musicologist Robert Hill, is extremely good, working up exhilarating miasmas of sound above the accompanying orchestra. But this orchestra embodies the concept of historical practice on modern instruments, which raises all sorts of questions. In both pitch and tone quality, they are irredeemably modern: the "period" element is somewhat elusive. But as musical archaeologists they are invaluable: this CD comes as part of Naxos's excellent eight-disc box of all of Bach's major orchestral works. --Michael Church

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Budget Favorite
Ted Ficklen | Saint Louis, MO USA | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Naxos edition of Bach's Orchestral Works is superb. My particular favorite is this volume of the Harpsichord Concerti which features original instrument versions of works Glenn Gould recorded in the 1960's on piano. There is a marvelous airy quality to the sound. Most of the tempi here are very fast, at least as rapid as Gould took them, and sometimes slightly faster. This is not the slow, stately chamber music approach, its more like Baroque night at the Hop! Played at these tempi, these concerti really have a dance music feel."
Harpsichord-NOT PIANO concertos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Daniel Ponder | WAKE FOREST, NC United States | 07/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is THE BEST cds made by Naxos! I jave listened to this disc about 5 TIMES!!! My favorite is the Concerto in d-minor. I love the tempi. The first mvt. has a special character to it, almost dance like. It is also found as the Instrumentatz to Cantata 146. Movement two is rather sorrowfull, almost depicting Christ's agonizing march to the crucifix. The grace notes depict the stumbles Christ made. Finally mvt.3 expresses joy in a minor mode (I couldn't think of a religous plot to accompany it.) The rest of the Concertos are quite interesting and fun to listen to. Another favorite is the second mvt. to 1056 in f-minor. It is taken from (vise versa) Cantata 156. The Harpsichordists do a wonderful job."
Amazing find
Diane Birdsall | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been looking for a harpsichord version of BWV 1056 for quite a while before I came across this modest, budget release. The price may be low, but the performances are excellent, lively and fresh sounding, with very interesting ornamentations. The sound quality, sometimes an issue with Naxos CDs, is just as good. At this price, this particular album, along with Volume II of the same collection, are highly recommended CDs for anyone interested in Bach keyboard works, or just great Baroque music."