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Bach: Harpsichord Concertos Vol 2 / Mortensen, Et Al


Release Date: 02/27/2007 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777248   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Conductor:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Copenhagen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial 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
Read more 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?

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 13 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/17/2005 - 01/20/2005) 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/17/2005 - 01/20/2005) 
3.
Concerto for Harpsichord and 2 Recorders in F major, BWV 1057 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 14 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/17/2005 - 01/20/2005) 
4.
Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Copenhagen
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 11 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Garrisson Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/17/2005 - 01/20/2005) 

Sound Samples

Keyboard Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
Keyboard Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Harpsichord Concerto in F major, BWV 1057: I. -
Harpsichord Concerto in F major, BWV 1057: II. Largo
Harpsichord Concerto in F major, BWV 1057: III. Presto
Harpsichord Concerto in F major, BWV 1057: I. -
Harpsichord Concerto in F major, BWV 1057: II. Andante
Harpsichord 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

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