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Naxos Bach Edition 3 - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos I / Hill


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554604   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert HillChristoph Anselm NollGerald HambitzerHarald Hoeren
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 D minor Concerto BWV 1052 is one of his very greatest works, whether heard in its arrangements for harpsichord solo, violin solo, or even organ solo (first movement) as the prelude to one of the church cantatas. The music has a brooding, almost tragic intensity, partly the result of the tensely stern melodic material, partly due to the fact that all three movements are set in minor keys. It's also a very large work, at more than 20 minutes one of the largest of all Baroque concertos. Robert Hill gives a stunning performance of the work here, comparable to the great recording by his mentor and teacher, Gustav Leonhardt. Unlike many period instrument people, Hill's refusal to rush the outer movements gives the music an extra measure of Read more grim strength, and his deft passagework allows every Bachian note to register with unforced clarity. He's also excellently accompanied by an orchestra of modern strings, and has selected an instrument that allows the music to cut through the accompaniment without the tone ever turning metallic. The antithesis of BWV 1052 is the sunny E major Concerto BWV 1053. It's equally well done by soloist Christoph Anselm Noll. In fact, all four soloists acquit themselves admirably, making this budget priced issue the equal of any other available version of this music. First rate.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert Hill (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Anselm Noll (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerald Hambitzer (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Hoeren (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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
Keyboard Concerto in E major, BWV 1053: I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in E major, BWV 1053: II. Siciliano
Keyboard Concerto in E major, BWV 1053: III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
Keyboard Concerto in A major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: I. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo
Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: III. Presto

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