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Bach: Six Concertos / Gunther Rost

Vivaldi / Rost
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 642   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gunther Rost
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Solo Organ Concertos after Vivaldi: in a , BWV 593 (RV 552); in d , BWV 596 (RV 565); in C , BWV 594 (RV 208). VIVALDI (arr. Rost) Concerto in G , RV 383a. Concerto in a , RV 580. Concerto in F , RV 310 Read more class="BULLET12b">• Gunther Rost (org) OEHMS 642 (72:00)


It is a well-known fact that J. S. Bach derived great inspiration from the music of Antonio Vivaldi. Of Bach’s numerous arrangements of Vivaldi concerti, the most often performed in regular recital are likely the three transcriptions for solo organ. Some scholars believe that there were more such organ transcriptions that have since been lost. (Bach’s first biographer, Forkel, even claimed that Bach wanted to transcribe all of Vivaldi’s myriad violin concerti for keyboard instruments!) Working from this hypothesis, organist Gunther Rost transcribed three more Vivaldi concerti for solo organ. The Vivaldi concerti Rost has chosen were also transcribed by Bach in other forms (harpsichord, BWV 980 and 978; four-harpsichord, BWV 1065), and Rost has drawn on those Bach transcriptions when making his own.


The Vivaldi-Bach transcriptions are part of the organ standard repertoire, and as such I have heard them countless times (particularly BWV 593). However, Rost’s performances on this new release are so compelling and exciting that it made me feel like I was hearing these works for the first time. I had previously encountered Rost’s excellent performances (in a different genre) in his series devoted to the complete organ music of Petr Eben, the greatest 20th-century Czech organ composer. Rost’s style in this early repertoire is impeccable, and it is the sense of freedom and fantasy (particularly in terms of rhythm and touch) in these performances that makes the release so thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.


The beautifully recorded organ is a significant instrument: the Hildebrandt organ in St. Wenzel’s in Naumburg, Germany. In 1746, J. S. Bach was asked to serve as consultant to the Naumburg city council in making recommendations for repair and restoration of the organ. This restoration was carried out to his personal specifications and, as such, it proves an ideal instrument for realizing Bach’s music. Sonically, it is a superbly characterful organ that Rost employs to create a dazzling variety of colors. For those interested in this repertoire, this release is strongly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gunther Rost (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  St. Wenzel, Naumburg (Saale) 
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Organ solo in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gunther Rost (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Organ in C major, BWV 594 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gunther Rost (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Concerto for Organ in D minor, BWV 596 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gunther Rost (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
5.
Concerto for Violin in G major, Op. 3 no 3/RV 310 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gunther Rost (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Violin in B flat major, Op. 4 no 1/RV 383a by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gunther Rost (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714; Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 522): I. Allegro
Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 522): II. Adagio
Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 522): III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in G major, BWV 980 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4, No. 1, RV 383a) (arr. G. Rost): I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in G major, BWV 980 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4, No. 1, RV 383a) (arr. G. Rost): II. Largo
Keyboard Concerto in G major, BWV 980 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4, No. 1, RV 383a) (arr. G. Rost): III. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580) (arr. G. Rost): I. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580) (arr. G. Rost): II. Largo
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580) (arr. G. Rost): III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in F major, BWV 978 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in G major, RV 310) (arr. G. Rost): I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in F major, BWV 978 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in G major, RV 310) (arr. G. Rost): II. Largo
Keyboard Concerto in F major, BWV 978 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in G major, RV 310) (arr. G. Rost): III. Allegro
Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 565): I. Allegro
Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 565): II. Grave
Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 565): III. Fugue
Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 565): IV. Largo e spiccato
Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 565): V. Allegro
Organ Concerto in C major, BWV 594 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto in D major, RV 208): I. Allegro
Organ Concerto in C major, BWV 594 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto in D major, RV 208): II. Recitativo: Adagio
Organ Concerto in C major, BWV 594 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto in D major, RV 208): III. Allegro

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