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Bach: Concertos For 2 Harpsichords / Pinnock, Gilbert


Release Date: 02/09/2011 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 415131   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These three double-concertos on a single CD are unusually good value simply because the keyboard playing is so satisfying. Such aspects as I don't much care for tend to be Bach's fault. I can't like his arrangement of the Two Violin Concerto for harpsichords. The middle movement is bound to be disappointing, with the soloists unable to sustain the celestial tunes. In the first movement the second subject with its rising leaps of a tenth goes for nothing; for me only the finale is successful in this arrangement. In the C major the contributions from the orchestra lack inevitability, and indeed it has been suggested that Bach originally wrote this marvellous concerto for keyboards alone. I welcomed the lack of orchestral parts in the stow Read more movement which in this performance sounds unusually expressive and beautiful. The C minor also is very good indeed.

I wish the two soloists had been allowed more stereo separation, but the sound is pleasing, and all the keyboard playing magnificent.

-- Gramophone [8/1985]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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