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Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos / Schornsheim, Belder


Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94421  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine SchornsheimArmin ThalheimMechtild StarkVioletta Liebsch,   ... 
Conductor:  Burkhard GlaetznerPieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum OrchestraMusica Amphion
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you’re looking for an acceptable, low-cost cycle of Bach’s harpsichord concertos, this Brilliant Classics set may be of interest. Discs 1 and 2 contain all of the concertos for solo harpsichord and continuo, as well as the Concerto BWV 1060 for two harpsichords and Concerto BWV 1065 for four harpsichords, performed by the modern-instrument ensemble Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, with soloist Christine Schornsheim, joined by fellow harpsichordists Armin Thalheim, Mechtild Stark, and Violetta Liebsch in the multiple keyboard works. These performances were originally issued in the U.S. nearly 25 years ago on the now defunct Capriccio label.

The momentum of the opening movement of the Concerto in E, BWV 1053 is a little
Read more shaky at times, and the first-movement Allegro of the Concerto in C minor BWV 1060 is inordinately sluggish, but otherwise these are fine, moderately paced performances that have stood up well over time. The early digital sound is a little congested, most notably in the lower strings, and Schornsheim’s instrument is placed somewhat forward in the mix in the solo concertos, but neither of these presents an obstacle to serious listening.

The third disc compiles the remainder of the concertos for multiple harpsichords performed by the period-instrument ensemble Musica Amphion, featuring its harpsichordist/director Pieter-Jan Belder, joined by harpsichordists Menno van Delft and Siebe Henstra. Belder and Musica Amphion’s tempos and articulation are slightly more varied and diverse than heard in the NBCM performances, though the instrumental sound is noticeably crisper and more well-defined. Of course much of this has to do with the difference in sound between modern and period-instrument ensembles, though advancements in digital technology likely deserves most of the credit here. Not bad.

-- John Greene, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, BWV 1054 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Concerto for Harpsichord and 2 Recorders in F major, BWV 1057 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord), Armin Thalheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mechtild Stark (Harpsichord), Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord), Violetta Liebsch (Harpsichord),
Armin Thalheim (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Burkhard Glaetzner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Bach Collegium Musicum Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
10.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Menno Van Delft (Harpsichord), Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2006/06/2006 
Venue:  Schiedam/ Leiden 
Length: 17 Minutes 8 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2006/06/2006 
Venue:  Schiedam/ Leiden 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D minor, BWV 1063 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Menno Van Delft (Harpsichord), Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2006/06/2006 
Venue:  Schiedam/ Leiden 
Length: 12 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord), Menno Van Delft (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2006/06/2006 
Venue:  Schiedam/ Leiden 
Length: 15 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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