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Naxos Bach Edition 4 - Bach: Harpsichord Concertos II / Hill


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554605   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert HillGerald HambitzerChristoph Anselm NollMichael Behringer,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the nicest things about Naxos' complete survey of Bach's orchestral music is that each disc always includes a substantial musical "bonus" that distinguishes it from the numerous competing performances available. In this case, conductor Helmut Müller-Brühl and his intrepid band of keyboard and string players offer a reconstruction of the Concerto for Three Harpsichords BWV 1064 in its original version for three violins. Comparison of the two versions is fascinating, not least because the players offer a fractionally more expansive tempo in the slow movement of the violin version, acknowledging the stringed instrument's superior ability to sustain a long, lyrical melody. It's this sensitivity to the natural qualities of the solo Read more instruments themselves that allows the players to set ideal tempos, and to perform each work with just the right mix of high spirits and idiomatic musicianship. In short, these are performances as good as any, and a great buy.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, BWV 1054 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: 16 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058 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: 12 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Anselm Noll (Harpsichord), Gerald Hambitzer (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: 16 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D minor, BWV 1063 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Behringer (Harpsichord), Robert Hill (Harpsichord), Christoph Anselm Noll (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christine Pichlmeier (Violin), Winifried Rademacher (Violin), Elisabeth Kufferath (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Harpsichord Concerto in D major, BWV 1045: I. Allegro
Harpsichord Concerto in D major, BWV 1045: II. Adagio e piano sempre
Harpsichord Concerto in D major, BWV 1045: III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058: I. [Allegro]
Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058: II. Andante
Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058: III. Allegro assai
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1064: I. [Allegro]
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1064: II. Adagio
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1064: III. Allegro
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D minor, BWV 1063: I. [Allegro]
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D minor, BWV 1063: II. Alla Siciliana
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D minor, BWV 1063: III. Allegro
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D major, BWV 1064 (arr. for violins): I. [Allegro]
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D major, BWV 1064 (arr. for violins): II. Adagio
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D major, BWV 1064 (arr. for violins): III. Allegro

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