Undercover Bach: Orchestral suites and concertos | Challenge Classics CC72625

Undercover Bach: Orchestral suites and concertos


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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72625

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 13th January 2014



‘Undercover Bach’ features the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra of Hamburg and its director Jurgen Gross performing orchestral arrangements of music by J S Bach.

The tradition of arranging other composers’ works was a convention in the early 18th century. As he grew older, J S Bach practised this more and more frequently for his own works, and this CD is aligned to that tradition. Five works have been recorded here in orchestral arrangements specially created by Jörg Jacobi. The disc also includes the presumed original version of the Overture in B Minor (BWV 1067), in a reconstruction by Werner Breig.

The Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra of Hamburg was established in 1999, and since then has received invitations to the Cologne Philharmonie and NDR Hamburg’s “Das Alte Werk”, and to several festivals including the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the Bachfest Leipzig. Since 2008 the orchestra has accompanied the Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival Choir under the direction of Rolf Beck, as well as the NDR Choir under the direction of Philipp Ahmann. In 2011 the group released its first CD for Challenge Classics (CC72531), of music by the early 18th century Dutch composer Johann Christian Schieferdecker.

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