J.S. Bach: Concertos for 2, 3 & 4 harpsichords

J.S. Bach: Concertos for 2, 3 & 4 harpsichords
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Musica Amphion
Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord and concert master
Menno van Delft harpsichord
Siebe Henstra harpsichord
Vincent van Laar harpsichord
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 93187
EAN code 5028421931876
Release April 2006

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About this release

Sowing machines or musical instruments? Today, in the era of (copies of) period instruments harpsichords can not be mistaken for machines any more. Not even when four of them are playing simultaneously.

The recordings were made only a few months ago. So now you can enjoy the energetic performances of all of Bach’s concertos for multiple harpsichords by Musica Amphion accompanying up to four harpsichordists. One of them is Pieter-Jan Belder, founder of and driving force behind the ensemble. Musica Amphion specializes in 17th- and 18th-century music.

Bach wrote six concertos for two to four harpsichords. Most of them are arrangements of his own music. The concerto for four harpsichords is based on Vivaldi’s concerto for four violins. Still this is the real Bach in all his orchestral splendour. It is hard not to be affected by this music, especially in such persuasive performances.

Other information:
- www.musica-amphion.nl.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Minor BWV 1060 : Allegro
  2. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Minor BWV 1060 : Largo Ovvero Adagio
  3. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Minor BWV 1060 : Allegro
  4. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Major BWV 1061 : Without Tempo Indication
  5. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Major BWV 1061 : Adagio Ovvero Largo
  6. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Major BWV 1061 : Fuga
  7. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Minor BWV 1062 : Without Tempo Indication
  8. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Minor BWV 1062 : Andante
  9. Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Strings in C Minor BWV 1062 : Allegro Assai

Disk 2

  1. Concerto For Four Harpsichords And Strings in A Minor BWV 1065 : Without Tempo Indication
  2. Concerto For Four Harpsichords And Strings in A Minor BWV 1065 : Largo
  3. Concerto For Four Harpsichords And Strings in A Minor BWV 1065 : Allegro
  4. Concerto For Three Harpsichords And Strings in D Minor BWV 1063 : Without Tempo Indication
  5. Concerto For Three Harpsichords And Strings in D Minor BWV 1063 : Alla Siciliana
  6. Concerto For Three Harpsichords And Strings in D Minor BWV 1063 : Allegro
  7. Concerto For Three Harpsichords And Strings in C Major BWV 1064 : Without Tempo Indication
  8. Concerto For Three Harpsichords And Strings in C Major BWV 1064 : Adagio
  9. Concerto For Three Harpsichords And Strings in C Major BWV 1064 : Allegro