Bach: 7 Harpsichord Concertos, Triple Concerto

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Even the most devoted Baroque enthusiast tends to think of concertos in orchestral terms, though many 18th-century works in that form sound perfectly fine when played like chamber music, with one player to a part. Gustav Leonhardt recorded Bach's keyboard concertos this way several decades back Teldec with ear-opening results. The technical finesse of period instrument players has improved over the years, however, and this new set, featuring harpsichordist Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music led by Andrew Manze, offers further proof that bigger isn't necessarily better. In fact, these are surprisingly weighty performances in some ways, with moderate ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Even the most devoted Baroque enthusiast tends to think of concertos in orchestral terms, though many 18th-century works in that form sound perfectly fine when played like chamber music, with one player to a part. Gustav Leonhardt recorded Bach's keyboard concertos this way several decades back Teldec with ear-opening results. The technical finesse of period instrument players has improved over the years, however, and this new set, featuring harpsichordist Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music led by Andrew Manze, offers further proof that bigger isn't necessarily better. In fact, these are surprisingly weighty performances in some ways, with moderate tempos that let the music breathe. In the F Minor Concerto, for example, one feels that the solo strings are trying to project a fuller sonority, which befits the emotional gravity of the music. The buoyant A Major Concerto, on the other hand, appears svelte and graceful. Egarr might have chosen a richer-toned instrument, perhaps, because his Dutch harpsichord Katzman, after a 1638 Ruckers sometimes sounds almost too intimate. The recorded sound is beautiful -- but then Harmonia Mundi's engineers rarely fail to create a warm, glowing acoustic for their musicians. Murray Perahia's series of these concertos using piano and a full, modern string orchestra Vol. 1 / Vol. 2, is not to be missed, but Egarr, Manze, and the AAM are sure to please those who prefer more "authentic" sounds.
Gramophone - Lindsay Kemp
Egarr plays with sprightly intelligence and crisp articulation, scoring notable success in the concertos in E, D, A, and F minor, vivacious works which all the players realise with all the relish of seasoned chamber musicians enjoying themselves to the full.
BBC Online - Matthew Shorter
Egarr really knows how to make a harpsichord bristle, and the forces are at their best in contrapuntal final movements such as those of BWV 1058 or BWV 1057, in music which seems to capture the sound of genius at work in raw cerebral form.... The new benchmark recording of these Concertos

Egarr really knows how to make a harpsichord bristle, and the forces are at their best in contrapuntal final movements such as those of BWV 1058 or BWV 1057, in music which seems to capture the sound of genius at work in raw cerebral form.... The new benchmark recording of these Concertos
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  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046728328
  • Catalog Number: 907283/84

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor (or for 2 oboes & organ or for violin) BWV 1052 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (23:23)
  2. 4–6 Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in E major (or for oboe d'amore in F major) BWV 1053 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (20:14)
  3. 7–9 Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord & strings in A minor ("Triple"), BWV 1044 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (22:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (16:55)
  2. 4–6 Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in A major (or for oboe d'amore) BWV 1055 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (14:03)
  3. 7–9 Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F minor (or for oboe or violin in G minor) BWV 1056 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (9:22)
  4. 10–12 Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F major, BWV 1057 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (15:53)
  5. 13–15 Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (13:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Egarr Harpsichord, Primary Artist
Academy of Ancient Music Performing Ensemble
Andrew Manze Leader
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