J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4–6

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4–6
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Musica Amphion
Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord and concert master
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93987
EAN code 5028421939872
Release August 2009

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Bach’s six concertos dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg were completed in 1721. They are supreme examples of the concerto grosso form, though in some of them the solo instrument takes the spotlight to turn the work into a fully developed concerto. The Fourth is a concerto for violin with two recorders.

In the large-scale Fifth concerto, Bach produced in effect a full-blown keyboard concerto, with a huge first movement cadenza of 65 bars. Given the complexity of the solo part, it is likely that Bach himself played the harpsichord at the performances for the Prince in Berlin where he had purchased a magnificent new instrument. The Sixth concerto reverts to the concerto grosso form, but with unusual scoring -there are no violins. This gives the work a dark, warm tone with the violas dominating the wonderful slow movement.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2006.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G BWV1049: I. Allegro
  2. Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G BWV1049: II. Andante
  3. Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G BWV1049: III. Presto
  4. Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D BWV1050: I. Allegro
  5. Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D BWV1050: II. Affettuoso
  6. Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D BWV1050: III. Allegro
  7. Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat BWV1051: I. Without tempo indication
  8. Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat BWV1051: II. Adagio ma non tanto
  9. Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat BWV1051: III. Allegro