Bach, J S: Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1-7 BWV1052-1058

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Bach, J S: Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1-7 BWV1052-1058

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BBC Music Magazine

Concerto Choice - November 2015

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HMC902181/82

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2

Release date:

28th Aug 2015

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3149020218129

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1 hour 51 minutes

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The seven fabulously inventive concertos for solo harpsichord and orchestra mark a key stage in the history of the concertante form. The set was compiled during Bach’s Leipzig years, when he directed the city’s Collegium Musicum, and requires unfailing virtuosity and imagination of its performers. The contagious, invigorating pleasure one feels in the interpretations of Andreas Staier and the Freiburger Barockorchester restores the full range of meanings to the word ‘play’!

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 1 in D Minor , BWV 1052

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053

I.

II. Siciliano

III. Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1058

I.

II. Andante

III. Allegro assai

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054

I.

II. Adagio e piano sempre

III. Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055

I. Allegro

II. Larghetto

III. Allegro ma non troppo

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056

I.

II. Largo

III. Presto

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057

I.

II. Andante

III. Allegro assai

The Guardian

27th August 2015

*****

“Andreas Staier’s grit, flair and expressive freedom, plus Freiburger Barockorchester’s athletic ensemble playing, makes these performances bounce and swing. Staier embraces the chunky chordal textures gained over the single-line originals and gives them a thick, meaty attack that is great fun.”

CD Review

29th August 2015

“They’ve recorded all seven of Bach’s concertos from his Liepzig years with a sense of playfulness and dynamic interplay … outstanding communication between them all in the seven Bach concertos here.”

The Irish Times

28th August 2015

“The playing bristles with energy, and both the harpsichord and the period instruments of the Freiburgers are presented in larger-than-life, hyperreal close focus rather than the balances of the concert hall.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2015

“If you're looking for fun, abandon…and luminosity, then maybe this is not for you. However, it's still probably the most brilliant executed of any version in the catalogue, one whose tough, intellectual, aesthetic and geometric logic celebrates Bach with sustained and impressive consideration.”

Early Music Review

October 2015

“This is as near as it comes to superlative playing from all concerned, and that coupled with exceptional recording and editing makes this a very fine version. I recommend it unreservedly.”

Sunday Times

18th October 2015

“Staier possesses both the wisdom of experience and an enduringly youthful sense of delight in discovery to make these accounts the more deeply compelling; the phrasing is fresh, but never mannered.”

The Telegraph

October 2015

“These concertos can feel severe and hectic in some performances, but here they are stylish and rhythmically energised. The orchestral players make the unstoppable onrush seem springy and light, rather than relentlessly motoric. They play up the huge variety of tone, from the dark severity of the Fifth Concerto to the lightness of the Second, which on this recording trips along with a lovely soft-edged delicacy.”

Herald Scotland

16th December 2015

“Grit, flair and expressive freedom from Andreas Staier in Bach’s seven solo harpsichord concertos, with Freiburg Baroque giving athletic ensemble backing. The attack is irresistibly thick and meaty.”

Early Music Today

March/May 2016

“Staier and the Freiburger Barockorchester bring a…serious creativity to their performances: they imbue fast movements with a purposeful yet buoyant swing and keep the delicately sketched slow movements taut and focused … the recorded sound is excellent, judiciously balancing harpsichord and orchestra in their exhilarating and joyous exchanges.”

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