JS Bach - Harpsichord Concertos 1, 2 & 3 | Channel Classics CCS40418

JS Bach - Harpsichord Concertos 1, 2 & 3

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCS40418

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 21st September 2018

Contents

Artists

Marcin Swiatkiewicz (harpsichord)
Zefira Valova (violin)
Anna Nowak-Pokrzywinska (violin)
Dymitr Olszewski (viola)
Tomasz Pokrzywinski (cello)

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Keyboard Concerto no.1 in D minor, BWV1052
Keyboard Concerto no.2 in E major, BWV1053
Keyboard Concerto no.3 in D major, BWV1054

Artists

Marcin Swiatkiewicz (harpsichord)
Zefira Valova (violin)
Anna Nowak-Pokrzywinska (violin)
Dymitr Olszewski (viola)
Tomasz Pokrzywinski (cello)

About

‘In the beginning, there was Bach... After all, it was he who composed the first harpsichord concerto. For me – as for most harpsichordists – his concertos were the first works with orchestra that I played, still as a student. Over the years I approached them over and over again, interpreting them on different harpsichords and with different ensembles: large and small, of period and contemporary instruments. I even once experimented with performing these concertos on an electric Rhodes piano.

(...)

‘Though the Bach harpsichords have been the subject of excellent musicological dissertations, finding a suitable instrument is by no means easy. During rehearsals we have had access to three very different ones, and none of them could necessarily be called “Bachesque”. It soon became clear that the D major Concerto with its ludic third movement can best be rendered on a Flemish instrument, whereas the sophisticated Concerto in E major sounds fine on a copy of a French harpsichord, and the monumental D minor Concerto will benefit from choosing a German instrument with a 16-foot register, which (of the three instruments available) is most likely the closest we can come to Bach’s own preferences.’

– Marcin Świątkiewicz (from the liner notes)

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