J.S. Bach: Complete Concertos

J.S. Bach: Complete Concertos
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Christine Schornsheim harpsichord
Musica Amphion
Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum
Netherlands Bach Ensemble
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 95303
EAN code 5028421953038
Release May 2016

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Although J.S. Bach used the word ‘concerto’ to refer to many of his church cantatas (the ones that he did not call, simply, ‘Stück’, or ‘piece’), the word’s Italian etymology usually denotes an ensemble work in which a particular element comes to the fore. Bach familiarised himself with the early Italian instrumental concerto tradition, produced by composers such as Albinoni and Torelli, with his characteristic thoroughness even before producing the Brandenburg concertos which he wrote while Kapellmeister in Weimar, in vain hope of preferment to a more glamorous posting to the court of the eponymous Margrave in Berlin.

The concertos of Antonio Vivaldi swept across Europe from 1711 onwards with the publication of his Op.3 set, ‘L’Estro Armonico’. Vivaldi set the standard for the shape, the style and the virtuosity of what we understand today as the concerto form, perfected in Bach’s own output in the D minor harpsichord concerto, BWV1052. Bach himself transcribed several of Vivaldi’s concertos, both for solo keyboard and for chamber groupings – most famously the B minor concerto, originally with four solo violin parts, which Bach thrillingly amplified for four harpsichords. All this music is contained within this indispensable 9CD set.

The performances here are all historically informed in style, if not all played on instruments either from or closely modelled on those used in Bach’s time. ‘Modern’-instrument performances include the concertos which survive in versions for solo violin – though Bach probably wrote them originally with the harpsichord in mind – in which Thomas Zehetmair is both soloist and director of the Amsterdam Bach Soloists with his characteristically bold and incisive sound and interpretative insight. The oboe concerto recordings are Lithuanian in origin, with Andrius Puskingis again soloist/ director with the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, in sprightly and mellifluous readings.

This 9 CD set contains the complete solo concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach: the Brandenburg Concertos, violin concertos, keyboard concertos for one, two, three and four harpsichords and the triple concerto.
As an attractive “bonus” two CD’s are included which contains concerto reconstructions, for oboe, oboe d’amore, oboe and violin and 3 violins. In some cases Bach wrote an arrangement for another solo instrument of an existing concerto of his (or by other composers, such as Vivaldi and Marcello). The original concertos are often lost, and these are reconstructed by present day musicologists and musicians.
Excellent performances on period instruments, by Musica Amphion/Pieter-Jan Belder, Thomas Zehetmair, Christine Schornsheim and oboist Andrius Puskunigis.
A bargain set of Baroque favourites!

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046: I. —
  2. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046: II. Adagio
  3. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046: III. Allegro
  4. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046: IV. Menuet - Trio I - Polonaise - Trio II
  5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: I. —
  6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: II. Andante
  7. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai
  8. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: I. —
  9. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: II. Adagio
  10. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro
  2. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: II. Andante
  3. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: III. Presto
  4. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
  5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso
  6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro
  7. Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: —
  8. Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: II. Adagio ma non tanto
  9. Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: III. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro
  2. Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: II. Adagio
  3. Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: III. Allegro assai
  4. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: I. —
  5. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: II. Andante
  6. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assai
  7. Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: I. —
  8. Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: II. Adagio
  9. Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro
  10. Violin Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056: I. —
  11. Violin Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo
  12. Violin Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056: III. Presto
  13. Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in E Major, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
  14. Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in E Major, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto
  15. Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in E Major, BWV 1043: III. Allegro

Disk 4

  1. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro
  2. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: II. Adagio
  3. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro
  4. Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053: I. —
  5. Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053: II. Siciliano
  6. Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053: III. Allegro
  7. Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054: I. —
  8. Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054: II. Adagio e piano sempre
  9. Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054: III. Allegro
  10. Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
  11. Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
  12. Harpsichord Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto

Disk 5

  1. Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: I. —
  2. Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo
  3. Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: III. Presto
  4. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6. in F Major, BWV 1057: I. —
  5. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6. in F Major, BWV 1057: II. Andante
  6. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6. in F Major, BWV 1057: III. Allegro assai
  7. Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1058: I. —
  8. Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1058: II. Andante
  9. Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1058: III. Allegro assai
  10. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Minor, BWV 1060: I. Allegro
  11. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Minor, BWV 1060: II. Largo ovvero adagio
  12. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Minor, BWV 1060: III. Allegro
  13. Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A Minor, BWV 1065: I. —
  14. Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A Minor, BWV 1065: II. Largo
  15. Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A Minor, BWV 1065: III. Allegro

Disk 6

  1. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1061: I. —
  2. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1061: II. Adagio ovvero largo
  3. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1061: III. Fugue
  4. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Minor, BWV 1062: I. —
  5. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Minor, BWV 1062: II. Andante
  6. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Minor, BWV 1062: III. Allegro assai
  7. Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D Minor, BWV 1063: I. —
  8. Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D Minor, BWV 1063: II. Alla siciliana
  9. Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D Minor, BWV 1063: III. Allegro
  10. Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1064: I. —
  11. Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1064: II. Adagio
  12. Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1064: III. Allegro

Disk 7

  1. Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A Minor, BWV 1044: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A Minor, BWV 1044: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A Minor, BWV 1044: III. Alla breve
  4. Oboe Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
  5. Oboe Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
  6. Oboe Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto
  7. Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major, BWV 1064: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major, BWV 1064: II. Adagio
  9. Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major, BWV 1064: III. Allegro

Disk 8

  1. Oboe Concerto in F Major, BWV 1053: I. Allegro
  2. Oboe Concerto in F Major, BWV 1053: II. Siciliano
  3. Oboe Concerto in F Major, BWV 1053: III. Allegro
  4. Oboe d’amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055R: I. Allegro
  5. Oboe d’amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055R: II. Larghetto
  6. Oboe d’amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055R: III. Allegro ma non tanto
  7. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056R: I. Allegro
  8. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056R: II. Largo
  9. Oboe Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056R: III. Presto
  10. Concerto for Oboe d’amore in G Major: I. [Bass aria] (from BWV 100)
  11. Concerto for Oboe d’amore in G Major: II. [Alto aria] (from BWV 170)
  12. Concerto for Oboe d’amore in G Major: III. [Bass aria] (from BWV 30)
  13. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, BWV 1060R: I. Allegro
  14. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, BWV 1060R: II. Adagio
  15. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, BWV 1060R: III. Allegro

Disk 9

  1. Harpichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro
  2. Harpichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: II. Adagio
  3. Harpichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro
  4. Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1059: I. —
  5. Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1059: II. [Without tempo indication]
  6. Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1059: III. Presto
  7. Concerto for viola da braccio in G Major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto for viola da braccio in G Major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
  9. Concerto for viola da braccio in G Major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto
  10. Concerto for Three Violins in D Major, BWV 1064R: I. Allegro
  11. Concerto for Three Violins in D Major, BWV 1064R: II. Adagio
  12. Concerto for Three Violins in D Major, BWV 1064R: III. Allegro