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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Here are my best guesses:
Gustav Leonhardt with Leonhardt Consort
Recording date: 11/1981
Venue: Lutherse Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands
Gustav Leonhardt -The Edition [Box Set] is a collection of 15 discs, originally released by Sony or one of the Sony family companies, which have now been packaged together and released in a box, for a remarkably low price (at the present time). It includes the disc shown on this page.
I've reviewed the box set itself, so you can take a look at the link above to see the full listing of recordings included.
If there was a gold cd award this one should receive it.
The musical performance is flawless and vibrant. The technical creation and the acoustics
The sheer joy of listening to this is beyond description. My deepest thanks go to all the musicians, technicians
and direction by the amazing Mr. Leonhardt for offering this gift to the world. Freddy Busch
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.