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Naxos Bach Edition 5 - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos III


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554606   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Robert HillMichael BehringerGerald HambitzerChristoph Anselm Noll,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach's concertos for multiple harpsichords and orchestra are beloved by some and drive others crazy. Perhaps no other music so graphically illustrates Beecham's famous description of the sound of the solo instrument as "two skeletons copulating on a tin roof." The performers must exercise great care in selecting instruments that are not too "clangy" sounding, and the recording has to balance a need for warmth and roundness of tone with contrapuntal clarity. In fact, most of this music was originally composed for melody instruments (violin and oboe, principally), and Naxos has obligingly reconstructed the original versions on another disc in this excellent series. One of the nicest things about this particular disc is the presence of the Read more original version (by Vivaldi) of the Concerto for Four Harpsichords, an impossible work that is performed here about as well as it ever has been. In fact, all of these performances are uniformly propulsive, tasteful, and above all genuinely comfortable to listen to. A good listen, then, but best enjoyed one work at a time.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert Hill (Harpsichord), Michael Behringer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerald Hambitzer (Harpsichord), Christoph Anselm Noll (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Behringer (Harpsichord), Robert Hill (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Corinne Chapelle (Violin), Christine Pichlmeier (Violin), Lucas Barr (Violin),
Renée Ohldin (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerald Hambitzer (Harpsichord), Roderick Shaw (Harpsichord), Christoph Anselm Noll (Harpsichord),
Robert Hill (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: This work is a transcription of Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins in
B minor, RV 580. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for 2 Keyboards in C minor, BWV 1060: I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Keyboards in C minor, BWV 1060: II. Largo ovvero adagio
Concerto for 2 Keyboards in C minor, BWV 1060: III. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Keyboards in C major, BWV 1061: I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Keyboards in C major, BWV 1061: II. Adagio
Concerto for 2 Keyboards in C major, BWV 1061: III. Vivace
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062: I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062: II. Andante e piano
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062: III. Allegro assai
Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580: I. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580: II. Alla Siciliana
Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580: III. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065: I. Allegro
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065: II. Adagio
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065: III. Allegro

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