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Bach: Harpsichord Concertos / Corti, Il pomo d'oro


Release Date: 03/20/2020 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186837  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Francesco Corti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach’s harpsichord concertos are arguably the first in the history of music designed specifically for this instrument. Composing them, Bach aimed to adapt the string writing of Italian instrumental concertos to a keyboard instrument, while simultaneously enriching this style with typically-German traits such as counterpoint and motivic development. Francesco Corti and il pomo d’oro present concertos BWV 1052, 1053, 1055 and 1058 as the first volume of what should become a cycle spanning four albums. Corti has chosen to combine these four concertos for the full orchestral sound they call for, while later recordings in this series will have a chamber setting in comparison. For tempo choices and melodic variations, Corti has been inspired by Read more treatises from Bach’s time, as well as the composer’s own written-out ornamentations. Francesco Corti belongs to the most established harpsichordists of his generation. He makes his PENTATONE debut together with the multi-award-winning ensemble il pomo d’oro, who recorded two vocal recital albums with the label: Carnevale 1729 with Ann Hallenberg (2017), as well as Prologue with Francesca Aspromonte (2018). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Francesco Corti (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Francesco Corti (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Francesco Corti (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Francesco Corti (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo d'Oro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 

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