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Bach: Harpsichord Concertos Vol 2 / Mortensen, et al

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> Concerto in A major, BWV 1055 - I. Allegro
> Concerto in A major, BWV 1055 - II. Larghetto
> Concerto in A major, BWV 1055 - III. Allegro ma non tanto
> Concerto in F major, BWV 1057 - I. —
> Concerto in F major, BWV 1057 - II. Largo
> Concerto in F major, BWV 1057 - III. Presto
> Concerto in F major, BWV 1057 - I. —
> Concerto in F major, BWV 1057 - II. Andante
> Concerto in F major, BWV 1057 - III. Allegro assai
> Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058 - I. —
> Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058 - II. Andante
> Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058 - III. Allegro assai

Album Summary

>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, 2 recorders, strings & continuo no 6 in F major, BWV 1057
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"This second volume of Bach harpsichord concertos contains two very popular works best known in other forms. The Concerto in F major is famous as the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, while the G minor concerto's original version is the A minor violin concerto. While it may be argued that the latter piece works best as Bach initially conceived it, I've always enjoyed the keyboard arrangement of Brandenburg No. 4 better than the original, mainly because it throws Bach's enchanting writing for two recorders into even higher relief.

Beyond all issues of interpretation, the most important factor in any harpsichord recording is the choice of instrument, and here Lars Ulrik Mortensen has shown excellent judgment. His harpsichord has a scintillating but never overbright tone, minimal mechanical noise, and enough body to provide at least the illusion of a real legato in the slow movements. It's a joy to listen to, as is the accompaniment of Concerto Copenhagen, a period-performance ensemble that never sacrifices beauty of timbre in favor of "authenticity" of approach. Both soloist and orchestra are helped by warm, perfectly balanced sonics, a bit finer than what we heard in Volume 1 of this series. Yes, there are billions of recordings of this music by now, but when the results are this good, who cares about the rest?" -Classics Today (10/10)



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055
  • Performer: Lars Mortensen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: The Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/17/2005-01/20/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
  • Performer: Lars Mortensen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: The Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/17/2005-01/20/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for harpsichord, 2 recorders, strings & continuo no 6 in F major, BWV 1057
  • Performer: Lars Mortensen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: The Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/17/2005-01/20/2005)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058
  • Performer: Lars Mortensen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: The Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/17/2005-01/20/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738