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Bach: Harpsichord Concertos / Triple Concerto Import


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  • Performer: Richard Egarr
  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi France
  • ASIN: B00005UEQ1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052: Allegro
2. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052: Adagio
3. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052: Allegro
4. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053: Allegro
5. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053: Siciliano
6. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053: Allegro
7. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings & continuo in A minor ('Triple'), BWV 1044: Allegro
8. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings & continuo in A minor ('Triple'), BWV 1044: Adagio ma non tanto e dolce
9. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings & continuo in A minor ('Triple'), BWV 1044: Tempo di alla breve
Disc: 2
1. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054: Allegro
2. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054: Adagio e piano sempre
3. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054: Allegro
4. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 4 in A major, BWV 1055: Allegro
5. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 4 in A major, BWV 1055: Larghetto
6. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 4 in A major, BWV 1055: Allegro ma non tanto
7. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Allegro moderato
8. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo
9. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Presto
10. Concerto for harpsichord, 2 recorders, strings & continuo No. 6 in F major, BWV 1057: Allegro
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Bach's keyboard concertos--some original compositions, others adapted from the Brandenburgs or string concertos--herald the genesis of the modern keyboard concerto as we know it, a genre later picked up and perfected by his son J.C. Bach. Until these stunning works were written, the harpsichord was used either as a continuo instrument or simply in a solo or chamber context. One reason for this is that the harpsichord doesn't possess the volume to cope with a sizable orchestra as a solo force. Richard Egarr knows this limitation, but he doesn't bestow any more amplification on his harpsichord than on the strings and wind. Fair enough, but there are a few frustrating moments when the primary, solo writing is sometimes lost beneath the less important orchestral counterpoint in the outer movements. That said, the balance in the slower movements works well due to the thinner textures, and overall the tempi are beautifully judged without the extreme speeds so often found in "authentic" performances. The phrasing and articulation are also well thought through, and these intimate performances display a joie de vivre lacking in most other recordings. Superb playing throughout. --Oliver Condy

Customer Reviews

If you have not heard the Egarr recording of The Goldberg Variations you are missing a bit of Heaven.
bdsil
One of the trickiest challenges of recording Bach's harpsichord concerti is getting the balance right between harpsichord and orchestra.
Ed Brickell
On the other hand Manze's choice of not doing pizzicato strings during the slow movement of the F minor concerto is a huge mistake.
ClassicalMusicLover

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ed Brickell on May 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of the trickiest challenges of recording Bach's harpsichord concerti is getting the balance right between harpsichord and orchestra. Here, the string ensemble is small enough that they complement the harpsichord, rather than overwhelming it -- keeping the natural musical drama between soloist and ensemble intact. All of the AAM players are technically secure as usual and manage to inject a strong element of emotion into these works, bringing out their individual characters.
This is not another faceless "elevator music" recording of the Bach concerti, but a committed and highly substantial performance. Oh yeah -- it's also a lot of fun to listen to! Plus, each CD in the sect features well over an hour of music.

Highly recommended.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By ClassicalMusicLover on September 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I came to this recording with high expectations because there is only one instrument used per part just like Gustav Leonhardt did with his recordings of the same works for Teldec back in the early 1960's, when Teldec was called Telefunkin. However, my expectation was tempered by the fact that I have listened to Bach's Violin concertos performed by Manze and was disappointed. This recording shows the same problems I had with his Bach Violin concerti recording. Manze shows poorly defined muddy and quirky articulation. He also produces an unattractive violin sound from his instrument. What I did not expect was a boring performance from Egarr. Unfortunately, Egarr disappointed me with boring overall performances on most of the concertos as well. The performances are not sprightly and bouncy as they should be from both the harpsichordist and orchestra. Sometimes the violin sound gets totally lost in the recording. I expected a better balance with only one instrument per part. Also, the tape editing is poor. There are times were suddenly the recoding gets quiet as if two performances were spliced together. Other times it sounds like Egarr intentionally changes volume of the harpsichord at an awkward point in the music. In all fairness the Triple Concerto for Flute, Violin and harpsichord is an excellent performance and the recording comes together nicely. I especial enjoyed the slow movement where the pizzicato strings set off the solo instruments beautifully. On the other hand Manze's choice of not doing pizzicato strings during the slow movement of the F minor concerto is a huge mistake. In the liner notes he said that they tried many different ways of doing the middle movement of the F minor and found that pizzicato strings were not satisfying and instead used a short bow stroke. Well, Mr.Read more ›
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I would like to correct the impression given by the words
"Andrew Manze puts down the fiddle to conduct"; he did not
- he leads the ensemble while playing, as was 17th C. custom.
Otherwise, thanks for the nice review!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bdsil on July 13, 2006
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If you are one of the people who listened to the Egarr recording of Bach's Goldberg Variation and believed you would relive a similar experience by listening to the Egarr recordings of the Concerto's;

forget it! the balance is a disaster. All one can hear is the orchestra, the harpsichord being in another world. As a consequence of listening to this recording I have decided never to purchase anything except unaccompanied Harpsichord. If you have not heard the Egarr recording of The Goldberg Variations you are missing a bit of Heaven. Get the Goldberg but avoid the concerto's
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