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J. S. Bach: Concerto No. 1 In D Minor, Bwv 1052 & C.P.E. Bach: Concerto In D Minor, Wq. 23

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The pairing on this disc is wonderful: Bach's greatest harpsichord concerto and one of his son's own works in the same key--a clear tribute to his father's masterpiece. This is also the best ever performance of Bach's greatest harpsichord concerto. Gustav Leonhardt simply sets perfect tempos--detail registers with ideal clarity, yet he keeps the music pressing inexorably forward. He has also selected an instrument with a penetrating but exceptionally lovely sound, and it's all captured on a recording of genuine warmth and atmosphere. At a budget price, this is a bargain, short playing time notwithstanding. One of the great Baroque recordings. --David Hurwitz

1. Concerto No.1 In D Minor: I. Allegro
2. Concerto No.1 In D Minor: II. Adagio
3. Concerto No.1 In D Minor: III. Allegro
4. Concerto In D Minor: I. Allegro
5. Concerto In D Minor: II. Poco andante
6. Concerto In D Minor: III. Allegro assai

Product Details

  • Performer: Gustav Leonhardt
  • Composer: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (December 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000029Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter G. Watchorn on November 20, 2002
These are the second recordings which Gustav Leonhardt made of these two d minor concertos by J.S. Bach and his second son, C.P.E. The first were made in the early 1960s with Collegium Aureum and issued separately, coupled with other works (at modern pitch). When Telefunken compiled Leonhardt's recordings of the Bach harpsichord concertos into a set in the late 1960's, the only work not included was the great d minor, BWV 1052. Leonhardt had already recorded this for BASF, and Telefunken instead utilised a very fine performance by Herbert Tachezi and Concentus Musicus Wien to complete the set. It was inevitable, though, that Leonhardt would re-record the works for Wolf Erichson's SEON label, and these performances represent the Dutch master and his string playing colleagues at their very best. Tempos are moderate, rhythms sturdy yet flexible, and Leonhardt's sense of colour and fine articulation combine with his strong overall direction to guarantee a wonderful pair of performances, very well recorded. The harpsichord used is a "Paris" Dowd from 1975 (after Blanchet) and it comes across very well indeed. The two d minor concertos by the Bachs, father and son combine to produce a perfect cd pairing. This record created a sensation when it first appeared, and the performances have lost none of their magic and power over the years. They have never been bettered. Strongly recommended to those who like Bach performed with imagination and fire by some of the finest seminal musicians of our day.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Bard on February 14, 2002
I just bought this disc last year, and I can't believe it's already out-of-print! It's a great recording. The Seon label dates back to the 1970's. Sony has recently reissued the Seon recordings. The remastering is so good you'd never believe they were originally analog recordings.
This ADD release is wonderful. The sound quality is fantastic, and the performances outstanding. I like the way C.P.E. Bach's concerto has been placed on the same disc with this father's; you can compare the two, and see where the father influenced the son (as well as hear how C.P.E. was influenced by Mozart, Hadyn, etc.).
Harpsichord and orchestra blend together in each concerto to form a cohesive whole. Sometimes the harpsichord tends to dominate a recording, but never here. If you can still find this disc, I strongly encourge you to buy it. It's nicely priced, and features some excellent keyboarding.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ludovic Dulauroy on February 9, 2000
It is really one of my best CD. I have especially enjoyed the playing of G. Leonhardt which is dynamic, with an incredible master (virtuosity) and sense of harmony. This CD offers an rare energy and is in the same time deep, as any of Bach. I recommend it to anyone who wants to discover Harpsichord, which is not at all a weak instrument. With its small price, it is an essential CD (this concerto is not included in G Leonhardt edition).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 8, 2003
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Recently I heard the first movement of J.S.'s harpsichord concerto in D and instantly fell in love with it. So, upon surveying the field for this work, found this recording by Leonhardt to be well received as well as the right price.
Am not disappointed with it either, as the sound, pace and articulation on this is exceptional.
Of course, I am totally impressed with the Allegro of J.S.'s with its grandeur. Interesting the evolution here from violin concerto to harpsichord, which occured in the 1730's.
Harpsichord was one of Bach's favorites, and the influence he gave to this unique sounding instrument continues to flourish. His son carries on that tradition admirably with his concerto offering on this disc.
This is well worth having for baroque devotees in their collection.
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