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Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Compared to Mortensen's blend of eloquent virtuosity and tasteful discretion, the playing of Accademia Bizantina seems hard and unyielding, though there are nevertheless moments of great beauty.

Gramophone Magazine
... Ottavio Dantone and his Italian colleagues provide beautifully transparent and balanced renderings. Most successful... are the slow movements where Dantone lets the music breathe with a degree of genuine lyricism.

The Telegraph
...here is a triumphant vindication of the authentic approach from the Milanese harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina. His performances are free-flowing within the confines of the language, and he is not afraid to indulge in expressive fantasy, notably in the cool, pizzicato-dominated largo of the F minor Concerto BWV 1056. He is accompanied by just five energetic string players - one to a part - but the effect never sounds insubstantial, and the recording neatly integrates soloist and "orchestra".

The Times
Directing from the keyboard, Dantone avoids obtruding mannerisms and keeps the music dancing. Any novelty lies instead with the Accademia's abbreviated forces - five string players, one to a part.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053
  • Performer: Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Notes: Sala di Refettorio di San Vitale, Muzeo National, Ravenna, Italy (03/31/2007-04/04/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055
  • Performer: Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Notes: Sala di Refettorio di San Vitale, Muzeo National, Ravenna, Italy (03/31/2007-04/04/2007)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
  • Performer: Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Notes: Sala di Refettorio di San Vitale, Muzeo National, Ravenna, Italy (03/31/2007-04/04/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Notes: Sala di Refettorio di San Vitale, Muzeo National, Ravenna, Italy (03/31/2007-04/04/2007)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738