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Bach: Concerto Reconstructions / Giorgio Sasso, Rosella Clementi


Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94340   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Salvatore Carchiolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Like many musicians of his era, practical demands and obligations were placed on J.S. Bach on a daily basis, and on a number of occasions this resulted in the German composer reworking existing compositions for use in new contexts. However, although listeners may have encountered pairs of 'double' works that use the same musical material (often an instrumental version and a vocal version), there are a number of cases where it seems reasonable to assume that one version of the work has not survived.

For this new recording, Giorgio Sasso and Salvatore Carchiolo have taken this premise as their starting point. Based on the hypothesis that many of Bach's extant harpsichord concertos are transcriptions of earlier violin concertos
Read more (which have been lost), they have 'reconstructed' four concertos, using an array of different sources and approaches. The artists' superlative understanding of Bach's instrumental music is apparent in the sensitive decisions that they have made. Following a practice of Bach's own, Sasso and Carchiolo drew on musical material from his cantatas in the two Concertos in D minor. Likewise, the Concerto in G features solo instruments from different instrumental families, an unusual practice but one validated by their sources.

For each concerto, Sasso and Carchiolo have made individual choices in the face of numerous interpretative possibilities; the end result is a unique, exciting recording, which reveals fully the artists' thorough research, careful study of the original scores, and sound knowledge of Bach's compositional procedures.

Other information:
- Original concerto reconstructions made by Giorgio Sasso and Salvatore Carchiolo, a fascinating way to explore another facet of Bach's music. This disc presents some familiar music in new and surprising instrumentations, arranged with taste and a thorough knowledge of Bach's style and technique.

- Like many composers in his time Bach re-used material from his earlier compositions to create a new work, for a new and different instrumental setting. For instance it is generally assumed that his harpsichord concertos are reworkings of violin concertos, which are lost.

- Giorgio Sasso and Salvatore Carchioli did an extensive research into authentic sources and have made several fascinating reconstructions of concertos "which could have existed".

- The booklet notes are written by the artists, explaining in detail their approach and argumentation of their choices in reconstructing these concertos.
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Organ no 3 in D minor [reconstructed by R. J. Schureck from BWV 35 and 1059] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Salvatore Carchiolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Period: Baroque 
2. Concerto for Organ no 1 in D minor [reconstructed by R. J. Schureck from BWV 146 and 1052] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Salvatore Carchiolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Period: Baroque 
3. Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Salvatore Carchiolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Concerto for viola da braccio in G major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Salvatore Carchiolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Organ and Oboes in D Minor (after J.S. Bach's BWV 1052, 145 and 188): I. Allegro
Concerto for Organ and Oboes in D Minor (after J.S. Bach's BWV 1052, 145 and 188): II. Adagio
Concerto for Organ and Oboes in D Minor (after J.S. Bach's BWV 1052, 145 and 188): III. Allegro
Concerto for Harpsichord and Oboe in D Minor (after J.S. Bach's BWV 35 and 1059): I. [Without tempo indication]
Concerto for Harpsichord and Oboe in D Minor (after J.S. Bach's BWV 35 and 1059): II. [Without tempo indication]
Concerto for Harpsichord and Oboe in D Minor (after J.S. Bach's BWV 35 and 1059): III. Presto
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055 (arr. S. Carchiolo and G. Sasso for viola da braccio and strings in G Major): I. Allegro
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055 (arr. S. Carchiolo and G. Sasso for viola da braccio and strings in G Major): II. Larghetto
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055 (arr. S. Carchiolo and G. Sasso for viola da braccio and strings in G Major): III. Allegro ma non tanto
Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major (after BWV 1064) (arr. S. Carchiolo and G. Sasso): I. Allegro
Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major (after BWV 1064) (arr. S. Carchiolo and G. Sasso): II. Adagio
Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major (after BWV 1064) (arr. S. Carchiolo and G. Sasso): III. Allegro

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