Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Okay, that was weird. Did Angela Hewitt -- a Canadian avatar of musical heresy of Bach on the piano -- really have a harpsichord chattering along behind her in this recording of Bach's "Fifth Brandenburg Concerto"? Did the Australian Chamber Orchestra -- in all likelihood the finest ensemble of its kind and size from the land down under -- really have the light-fingered Linda Kent providing the continuo on a performance whose ostensible raison d'etre is to demonstrate the efficacy of using a modern hammer-and-metal concert grand piano rather than a pluck-and-quill two-manual harpsichord? Apparently so; and yet one cannot deny that, despite the musical oxymoron of having ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Okay, that was weird. Did Angela Hewitt -- a Canadian avatar of musical heresy of Bach on the piano -- really have a harpsichord chattering along behind her in this recording of Bach's "Fifth Brandenburg Concerto"? Did the Australian Chamber Orchestra -- in all likelihood the finest ensemble of its kind and size from the land down under -- really have the light-fingered Linda Kent providing the continuo on a performance whose ostensible raison d'etre is to demonstrate the efficacy of using a modern hammer-and-metal concert grand piano rather than a pluck-and-quill two-manual harpsichord? Apparently so; and yet one cannot deny that, despite the musical oxymoron of having the two keyboards existing in the same piece at the same time, Hewitt, Kent, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra's version works wonderfully well. There is wit and joy and sorrow and a sort of multi-keyboard ecstasy in the performance, which, despite the blatant disregard of authentic performance practice, still sounds tremendously exciting. The other soloists -- violinist Richard Tognetti and flutist Alison Mitchell on loan from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra -- are just as fine as Hewitt, and the remaining performances on the disc -- a demonic "D minor Concerto," a delightful "G minor Concerto," and a driven "Triple Concerto" -- are just as fine as the "Fifth Brandenburg." Plus, of course, Hyperion's sound is absolutely transparent and thoroughly intimate. It's so musically axiomatic that anyone who enjoyed Hewitt's previous Bach recordings will certainly enjoy this disc and anyone who enjoys this disc will certainly enjoy Hewitt's other Bach recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571573076
  • Catalog Number: 67307

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Australian Chamber Orchestra (22:44)
  2. 4–6 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Australian Chamber Orchestra (14:05)
  3. 7–9 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Australian Chamber Orchestra (19:57)
  4. 10–12 Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings & continuo in A minor ("Triple"), BWV 1044 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Australian Chamber Orchestra (20:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angela Hewitt Primary Artist
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