Concerto Koln: Portrait (Baroque Masters Bach & Handel) | Berlin Classics 0300786BC

Concerto Koln: Portrait (Baroque Masters Bach & Handel)


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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0300786BC

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd July 2016



Concerto Köln is one of the leading ensembles for period performance practice. Acknowledged and acclaimed for their rediscovery of musical rarities, Concerto Köln nevertheless see the Baroque as shaped by its prime movers Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Time and again, their engagement with this musical era leads them to astonishing musical realizations of these two composers.

This CD couples parts of three masterpieces for the first time: Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No.5 and No.1 of his Orchestral Suites together with Suite No.1 from Handel’s Water Music. Right from the start, Concerto Köln make their approach to the music audible in the tuning of their instruments: their “Brandenburg” Concerto uses the lower tuning (A=392Hz) of Bach’s time. Involvement with “early music” is never an end in itself, then, but a way to achieve a deeper understanding of the music by performers and listeners alike.

Lorenzo Alpert, Artistic Director of Concerto Köln, explains this symbiosis: “Our intensive engagement over the last 30 years with composers, music theorists and contemporaries from the time of Bach and Handel, all of whom have contributed to the vitality of Baroque musical life, opens up new vistas for us as we approach the works of these two great masters. And yet the knowledge we have gained would be of no avail if we failed to make it audible by showing how we are moved by the magic of discovery and the passion for research. What a joy to recreate a sound that seemed lost for ever!”

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