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Bach: Concerts Avec Plusieurs Instruments Vol 4 / Cafe Zimmermann


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 137   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pablo ValettiCéline Frisch
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Violin Concerto in a, BWV 1041. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C, BWV 1061. Concerto for Flute, Violin, and Harpsichord in a, “Triple concerto.” Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 Pablo Valetti (vn); dir; Café Zimmermann (period instruments) ALPHA 137 (61:07)


As you probably know, the title of this disc, Read more style="font-style:italic">Six Concerts avec plusieurs instruments , is the actual title inscribed by Bach on his presentation manuscript of the Brandenburg Concertos . Alpha is implementing a novel concept of releasing the six Brandenburg s, one per disc, in a series that will eventually incorporate not only the Brandenburg s but also the orchestral suites, and most, if not all, of the extant concertos—the latter in reconstructions if they are presumed to have been derived from earlier sources. This is the Volume IV in the series. I haven’t heard the three previous discs, but if this one is typical, it would be very good news for listeners.


All of the concertos on this disc are played with stunning virtuosity and an infectious zest by Café Zimmermann, nominally a French period-instruments chamber ensemble, though the names of the constituent members imply that it is an international group. The leading lights of the ensemble are violinist and concertmaster Pablo Valetti and harpsichordist Céline Frisch. The name of the ensemble is taken from Zimmermann’s Coffee House in Leipzig, where this music might have been played by the Collegium Musicum, featuring Bach and his sons and protégés. In fact, all of this music was probably composed in Cöthen, prior to Bach’s move to Leipzig. The Brandenburg s, having been dispatched to Berlin, almost certainly were never played by Bach in Leipzig, and the other concertos would have been played in their harpsichord versions, which were made specifically for Leipzig. No matter. The music is incomparable, and the performances, if comparable, are so against the best of the current competition. Issues of authenticity aside, these are very modern and imaginative interpretations, which is to say, this is where performance practice has taken us right now. My only problem with this release is that pesky Roman numeral IV. It has put I, II, and III, not to mention V, and VI in the back of my mind. Very warmly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pablo Valetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Céline Frisch (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 "Triple Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pablo Valetti (Violin), Céline Frisch (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Céline Frisch (Harpsichord), Pablo Valetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 

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