Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079 (Musikalisches Opfer)

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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

arr. H. Bornefeld for flute, violin and organ


Peter Thalheimer (flute), Hannelore Hinderer (organ), Sabine Kraut (violin)

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Bach: Musikalisches Opfer

Bach: Musikalisches Opfer


Bach, J S:

Musical Offering, BWV1079

Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1038


Raimar Orlovsky (violin)

Concerto Melante

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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079


Wilbert Hazelzet (flute), Maya Homburger (baroque violin), Marja Gaynor (baroque violin / viola), Sarah McMahon (baroque cello) & Malcolm Proud (harpsichord)

Camerata Kilkenny

Maya Homburger and Malcolm Proud’s ensemble Camerata Kilkenny perform one of J S Bach’s most enduring works, The Musical Offering, BWV 1079, with the baroque flautist Wilbert Hazelzet. It’s their second recording for Maya Recordings following a highly praised CD of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas three years ago.

Founded by the Irish international harpsichordist and organist Malcolm Proud and the Swiss violinist Maya Homburger, Camerata Kilkenny is a period instrument group specialising in the performance of Baroque music. Many of its programmes combine 17th and 18th century music with the works of contemporary composers. It consists of artists from Ireland with guest artists from further afield who are renowned internationally for their performances and recordings.

Camerata Kilkenny gave its debut recital at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August 1999, since when it has performed in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Estonia. In Ireland the group has appeared at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music, the Festival of Great Irish Houses, the Galway Early Music Festival, the East Cork Early Music Festival 'Music in the Mosaics' in Timoleague and the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

In April 2010 Camerata Kilkenny and Wilbert Hazelzet gave a concert in St Peter’s Church in Leut-Maasmechelen, Belgium following which they recorded Bach’s Musical Offering. The Irish Times said: “Performances of this extra-special work can be sometimes illuminated, sometimes stultified, by an atmosphere of overpowering reverence. Not so this one, in which the music’s artifices were subsumed in a world of rhetoric, decoration and dance.”

Their first CD of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas with Maya Homburger was on the “Bestenliste” of the prestigious German music industry ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ award in 2007.

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Concertante of London play Bach

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Bach, J S:

Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, BWV1059

Reconstructed by Gustav Leonhardt

Musical Offering, BWV1079

Realisation by Nicholas Jackson

Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV527

Arr. From Organ Sonata No 3 by Nicholas Jackson


Concertante of London, Nicholas Jackson (director)

“There may be balance issues in the Concerto BWV1059, and a few rough edges in the Musical Offering, but the latter's Trio Sonata is pithily managed, while the recorded D minor Organ Trio Sonata sounds to the manner born.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009

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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079


Ton Koopman (harpsichord & director)

Members of the Amsterdam Baroque

The Musical Offering, BWV1079 is the only instrumental work by Bach for which we have a detailed knowledge of its origins. It owes its creation to Bach’s visit to the royal court at Potsdam which lasted two days between 7 and 8 May 1747, a landmark event in the composer’s biography. German newspapers reported the memorable encounter between King Frederick II of Prussia and the “famous Capellmeister Bach in Leipzig” just a few days later. They describe the occasion and mention that Bach found the theme given to him by the king for improvisation on the clavier to be “the epitome of excellence”, and hence wished to “put it on paper in a proper fugue, and afterwards have it engraved in copper.”

The fact that Bach specifies the instrumentation in only a few of the movements has led to a profusion of “realizations” of the work (for example, Webern’s orchestration of the six-part ricercar), most of which have little to do with the actual practice of chamber music in the 1740’s, which was restricted to quite a small number of instruments—usually violins (or instruments which could imitate the violin, such as the flute) in the treble, harpsichord and either gamba or cello on the continuo.

Ton Koopman studied harpsichord with the legendary Gustav Leonhardt, and has over a distinguished career of 40 years become one of the worlds leading experts in the field of baroque music performance.

In recent years he has directed the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in a series of critically acclaimed recordings of the complete cantatas of J. S. Bach, volume 22 of which was the recipient of a BBC Music Magazine award in 2007. In 2006 Ton Koopman was awarded the Bach Medal by the city of Leipzig in recognition of his major contribution to Bach performance and scholarship.

“Played with telling clarity and suppleness by members of Amsterdam Baroque, the canons never sound dry or academic…” BBC Music Magazine, June 2009 ****

“First, Koopman’s harpsichord dances on its own; then string quartet, flute and bass viol join in the joyfully ingenious canons and fugues on the theme suggested by Frederick the Great of Prussia. The ornamentation is never fussy, while the recording is bright — bottled sunshine, that’s what this CD is.” The Times, 25th April 2009 ****

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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079


Gustav Leonhardt (solo harpsichord/direction), Sigiswald Kuijken (baroque violin), Marie Leonhardt (baroque violin), Wieland Kuijken (gamba), Robert Kohnen (harpsichord)

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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079


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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079, etc.

Bach, J S:

Musical Offering, BWV1079

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

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Konstantin Lifschitz (piano)

For the first time complete on a modern concert grand the Musical Offering that Bach presented to King Frederick the Great of Prussia, together with three toccatas by Frescobaldi, a composer highly regarded by Bach and whose keyboard style is as genuinely pianistic as that of Chopin and Scriabin.

In 1994, Russian pianist Konstantin Lifschitz burst onto the international scene with a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations.

The CD received a Grammy nomination and was praised as the most convincing Bach interpretation since Glenn Gould. Today, Lifschitz is celebrated for his musical sensibility and nuanced playing.

“Lifschitz makes as strong a case as any for Bach on the grand piano.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2008

“The recording itself is first-class and the extensive programme notes are a model of their kind. For Lifschitz this has clearly been a labour of love, even something of a pilgrimage: these are staggering performances which deserve the highest acclaim.” International Record Review, February 2008

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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079


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Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Bach, J S: Musical Offering, BWV1079

Recorded live at the Old Town Hall, Leipzig, 28 July 2000


“A peculiarity among the brothers is that they look almost entirely dissimilar. But looks aren't everything: they sounded like brothers, in that their playing had the kind of bracing empathy of ideas and feelings that characterizes all great chamber ensembles.” The New York Times

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