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J.S. Bach - Concertos for Harpsichord, Vol. 1

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Catalogue numberBIS-2401 SACD
Release date2020-06-05
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time66:34

The extant concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach for one harpsichord and strings were all composed before 1738, which makes them some of the first, if not the first keyboard concertos – a genre destined to become one of the most popular within classical music. In all likelihood Bach wrote them for his own use (or that of his talented sons) – probably to be performed with Leipzig’s Collegium Musicum of which he had taken over as director in 1729. The fresh and exuberant character one finds in the concertos seems to reflect how much Bach enjoyed the opportunity to engage with his fellow musicians. But much of the music itself was in fact not new – despite how idiomatic they may sound, many of Bach’s harpsichord concertos are almost certainly transcriptions of earlier works written for other instruments.

Some of these original works are no longer extant, but it is nevertheless possible to trace the ancestry of BWV 1052 and the outer movements of BWV 1056 to lost violin concertos, while BWV 1053 is a reworking of three cantata movements which in turn probably hailed from a lost organ concerto. A similar case is BWV 1059, which is known to us in a nine-bar fragment in Bach’s original score. But an earlier version of the piece – a concerto for organ – has survived in the form of three movements of Cantata No. 35, Geist und Seele wird verwirret, and these have served as basis for Masato Suzuki's reconstruction of the work included on the present disc. It is also Masato Suzuki who performs the solo parts, while directing his colleagues in Bach Collegium Japan.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052 21:40
01 I. Allegro 07:23 $ 1.77 USD
02 II. Adagio 06:20 $ 1.52 USD
03 III. Allegro 07:57 $ 1.91 USD
  Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 09:25
04 I. Allegro 03:11 $ 0.76 USD
05 II. Adagio 02:33 $ 0.61 USD
06 III. Presto 03:41 $ 0.88 USD
  Harpsichord Concerto No. 8 in D minor, BWV 1059 R (reconstruction by M. Suzuki) 15:54
07 I. Allegro 06:17 $ 1.51 USD
08 II. (Siciliano) 06:05 $ 1.46 USD
09 III. Presto 03:32 $ 0.85 USD
  Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053 19:29
10 I. (Allegro) 08:04 $ 1.94 USD
11 II. Siciliano 04:31 $ 1.08 USD
12 III. Allegro 06:54 $ 1.66 USD
  Album total 66:34
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
HarpsichordSuzuki, Masato
DirectionSuzuki, Masato
Baroque ensembleBach Collegium Japan

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