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Bach Triples / Cummings, Harmony Of Nations


Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Raum Klang   Catalog #: 3007  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Laurence Cummings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In many of his works, Bach made use of a hidden symbolism of numbers. The number “three” had a special meaning for Bach and was the basis for the triple concertos, the concertos for three solo instruments, recorded here. On the one hand, the number three had for Bach a Christian connotation; on the other hand, there were also entirely profane reasons. As an essential element of late-baroque texture, the “three” was reflected in the trio sonata, whose structure was the basis of numerous instrumental and vocal pieces. Bach probably composed the Concerto for three harpsichords especially for two of his sons (and pupils), taking the third part himself. In the Third Brandenburg Concerto, the idea of three solo instruments is carried even further Read more in that each of the three string groups – violins, violas, and violoncellos – have three independent parts. Harmony of Nations was founded in 2004 by twenty young musicians from fourteen different nations, hence the orchestra’s name. Since then it has collaborated with numerous well-known musical personalities from the early music scene, including Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Alfredo Bernardini, Konrad Junghänel, and, as on this recording, Laurence Cummings. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord and 2 Recorders in F major, BWV 1057 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
4.
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D minor, BWV 1063 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Laurence Cummings (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 

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