Johann Sebastian Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

Johann Sebastian Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

by Andreas StaierAndreas Staier

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$22.99

Overview

Nowadays, J.S. Bach's seven harpsichord concertos are most often performed on a grand piano with modern orchestral accompaniment, largely for the sake of striking a proper balance of dynamics and instrumentation. In light of this preference, it has become a little difficult to find historically informed versions that sound close to what Bach would have heard. These period style performances by Andreas Staier and the Freiburger Barockorchester provide a welcome alternative to the standard modern releases, and listeners with a taste for authenticity can be assured that Staier's scholarship and interpretations are impeccable. Staier plays a replica of a 1734 harpsichord, and the small ensemble of recorders, strings, and continuo is appropriately scaled to the music's textures and the balance of soloist and orchestra. Harmonia Mundi's recording is elaborate, involving spot and omnidirectional microphones that capture the players with remarkable subtlety and presence, so all the nuances and details of these exciting performances can be heard clearly without sacrificing the full-bodied sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2015
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 3149020218129
catalogNumber: 902181
Rank: 9358

Tracks

  1. Concerto for harpsichord, 2 recorders, strings & continuo No. 6 in F major, BWV 1057
  2. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
  3. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 4 in A major, BWV 1055
  4. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054
  5. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058
  6. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053
  7. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052

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