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Bach: The Keyboard Concertos 1 / Hewitt, Tognetti, Et Al


Release Date: 07/12/2005 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67307   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela HewittRichard TognettiAlison Mitchell
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


There has been no shortage of excellent Bach keyboard concerto performances on the piano, from Glenn Gould to Murray Perahia, and this newcomer certainly belongs among the finest. Angela Hewitt feels and projects the music with such inevitability that she effectively silences criticism. More than choosing the right tempos for what she wishes to express, her variety of phrasing and articulation is a constant source of delight. In the great D minor concerto (BWV 1052), nothing sounds rushed or "notey", and the intelligent use of harpsichord continuo in addition to the piano solo makes the dialog between piano and orchestra unusually dramatic. The structure of the work thus clarified, Hewitt
Read more is free to let her fancy roam in the solo episodes. Her singing legato is absolutely gorgeous in the slow movement (as is the case throughout this program), while both there and in the G minor concerto (BWV 1058) she finds an unusual degree of passion in the allegros.


It's also particularly gratifying to have the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in a piano version. Her partners in the Australian Chamber Orchestra (particularly Alison Mitchell on flute) match her in imagination, and Hewitt's treatment of the great first movement cadenza reveals a keen awareness of how to shape Bach's figurations into larger paragraphs that build to a natural climax. The highlight of the disc, though, is this rendition of the Triple Concerto (BWV 1044), a gaunt, grim reading of great concentration and intensity. Hewitt, in her thoughtful booklet notes, relates this music to Bach's sacred works, and her performance makes this hypothesis completely believable. The final fugue, in particular, taken at a moderate pace, permits the players to engage in a true dialog that's unusually moving and eloquent. In other words, whatever the music is saying, in these players hands it really matters.


Verbal description obviously has its limitations, and I can only urge Bach lovers to hear this disc (and its companion, Keboard Concertos 2) without delay. There isn't a single bar by Hewitt or the Australian Chamber Orchestra that sounds mechanical or perfunctory. Each work is shaped with a care that enhances rather than detracts from the impression of idiomatic, spontaneous music-making. The balance between Hewitt, her fellow soloists, and the larger ensemble is absolutely ideal, and the engineering in general is fully worthy of the performances. This is an exceptional disc in every respect, and one that offers enough that's new and insightful to more than justify acquiring yet one more recording of these ever-popular works. [07/19/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Sydney Music Conservatorium, Australia 
Length: 22 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Sydney Music Conservatorium, Australia 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Richard Tognetti (Violin), Alison Mitchell (Flute), Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Sydney Music Conservatorium, Australia 
Length: 19 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 "Triple Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Mitchell (Flute), Richard Tognetti (Violin), Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Sydney Music Conservatorium, Australia 
Length: 20 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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 exquisite Bach September 3, 2013 By carol moss (malibu, CA) See All My Reviews "Clarity feeling and simplicity. A beautiful recording." Report Abuse
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