J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Harpsichord Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Richard Egarr
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Andrew Manze conducting The Academy of Ancient Music
Soloists:Rachel Brown, flute (on BWV 1044)
Double Bass
Individual Works:CD 1:

Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Concerto in E major BWV 1053
Triple Concerto in A minor BWV 1044

CD 2:

Concerto in D major BWV 1054
Concerto in A major BWV 1055
Concerto in F minor BWV 1056
Concerto in G minor BWV 1058
Concerto in F major BWV 1057

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:HMU 907283/84
Year Released/Recorded:2002
Total Playing Time:disc 1: 66:04
disc 2: 69:53
Related Web Site:http://www.aam.co.uk/
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

Performance: Outstanding
Recording: Excellent

What a wonderfully sublime recording. In an era where so many HIP musicians and orchestras are recording frenetic performances that more than verge on the unpleasant, it is a joy to hear this elegant new recording of Bach's Concertos for Solo Harpsichord. I was particularly pleased with the slow movements which clock in at sometimes a minute longer than other recordings. They are sweet and expressive, revealing the nuances and emotion of this fragile and lovely music. The fast movements are energetic but, thankfully, not too fast. They move along joyous and light as a feather. I did find the harpsichord to be a little too soft and undermixed but, overall, the balance of the small ensemble is excellent and the sound is nice. It's the kind of recording that fits well into your living room, like the musicians are there with you.

Richard Egarr is an exceptionally good harpsichordist, with fine attention to detail and meticulous articulation. His ornamentation is understated which I find refreshing.

Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr have built quite a reputation for excellence and they deserve all the acclaim. Outstanding technique and intelligent musicianship combine here to give us a recording of the highest quality. Extremely enjoyable and highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/01/2002