J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Harpsichord Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christophe Rousset
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music
Soloists:Christophe Rousset
Jaap Schroder
Christopher Hogwood
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Violin
Individual Works:BWVs 1041, 1053, 1055, 1058:-
BWV 1041
BWV 1053
BWV 1055
BWV 1058
Harpsichord Concertos in E maj, A maj, A min, G min
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:L'Oiseau-Lyre
Catalog Number:443 326-2
Year Released/Recorded:1982 1995
Total Playing Time:57.17
Comments:Andrew Smith said:

These are beautiful light-textured and sensitive performances on period instruments, perfectly recorded with transparently clear digital sound. They are a real thrill to listen to.

But for me the disc is marred by what seems to be a dreadful lapse of taste in the interpretation of the Andante (2nd movement) of BWV1058. This movement is characterised by a heavily accented string accompaniment to the harpsichord in the form of tutti chords from the string orchestra. But Hogwood grotesquely exaggerates the emphasis, making the accompaniment into a series of aggressive staccato blasts. The little introductory cadences remind me more than anything else of that moment of anticipatory breath-holding immediately before a massive sneeze !

If you feel tempted to buy this disc, make sure you listen to this movement (track 11) to make sure it is to your liking.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Andrew Smith
Date First Submitted:06/21/1998