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Bach: 7 Keyboard Concertos / Vladimir Feltsman, Orchestra Of St. Luke's, Et Al


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 2541   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
Conductor:  Vladimir Feltsman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Terrific stuff that makes for happy listening.

"Here are more of Nimbus' re-releases from the Music Masters catalogue. Those unearthing efforts were warmly welcomed when they offered Vladimir Feltsman's spunky and thoroughly gratifying Goldberg Variations from 1991. Those efforts are also welcome when it comes to Feltsman's recording of the Bach Keyboard Concertos—wholly affable and with liner-notes by Tim Page.

Admittedly, there is no reason to replace Angela Hewitt's slightly more complete, and considerably more expensive, recording (Hyperion, also available on SACD), or András Schiff (Decca), or Murray Perahia (Sony) with Feltsman. But if you have none of these recordings and you see
Read more Feltsman's about, go ahead and grab it in the secure knowledge that you will have a very fine account at hand.

Feltsman includes the 'standard 6', BWV 1052-1056 and 1057, but not BWV 1057, the modified Fourth Brandenburg and the incomplete BWV 1059 — and he adds a performance of the Italian Concerto. Much of what I said about Browning — tasteful, level-headed, technical efficacy — applies here, too, but at the other, upper end of the neutral-positive spectrum. The Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Feltsman, turns in a very spirited performance. And although it's not a HIP band, their nimble forces and lissome playing make this 1993 recording sound modern which is to say: devoid of the 19th and 20th century romantic baroque opulence that had occurred here and there. Only in the opening Allegro of the F minor concerto (BWV 1056) is the orchestra minimally heavy-footed; everywhere else tempos strike lively and natural. Terrific stuff that makes for happy listening."

-- Jens F. Laurson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Feltsman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Feltsman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, BWV 1054 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Feltsman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Feltsman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Feltsman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Feltsman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 

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