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Bach: Concerts Avec Plusieurs Instruments Vol 1 / Cafe Zimmermann


Release Date: 07/20/2004 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 13   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Patricia GagnonAmandine BeyerCéline FrischAntoine Torunczyk,   ... 
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The ensemble Café Zimmermann takes its name from Gottfried Zimmermann's famed Leipzig coffee house, which became home to Telemann's Collegium Musicum in 1723 (the ensemble Bach was to become musical director of in 1729). The group's aim apparently is to offer performances that restore the more congenial public aspect of concert-going as Bach and his contemporaries likely would have experienced it in an atmosphere such as Zimmermann's establishment. Though well intentioned as this effort may be, given what is known about the often spotty level of musicianship available to Bach, it's highly unlikely that he ever heard performances of these gems so technically accomplished and strategically
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The ensemble's performances are remarkably tight, typically adopting widely contrasting tempos from movement to movement, informed by precise rhythmic structures and dynamic schemes. This polished virtuosity diminishes the sense of spontaneity characteristic of a public performance, though the outcome is certainly worth the trade-off. Harpsichordist Celine Frisch's abundant use of ornamentation throughout BWV 1052 and her carefully considered restraint during the Affettuoso of BWV 1050 are simply thrilling. Likewise, the clever, selectively applied accents with which violin soloist David Plantier garnishes his reading of BWV 1042 are unique, to say the least. Indeed, instead of taking us back in time as initially intended, Café Zimmermann's performances can only be described as forward-looking, testifying to the continued endurance of Bach's genius. If the current state of Bach performance practice interests you at all, waste not another moment in acquiring this outstanding CD. Very highly recommended.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Patricia Gagnon (Viola), Amandine Beyer (Violin), Céline Frisch (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Amandine Beyer (Violin), Antoine Torunczyk (Oboe d'amore), Patricia Gagnon (Viola)
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Period: Baroque 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Plantier (Violin), Claire Cachia (Violin)
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Plantier (Violin), Claire Cachia (Violin)
Conductor:  Pablo Valetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Zimmermann
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052: II. Adagio
Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: III. Allegro assai
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro

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