|Review by Jan Hanford:|
This outstanding recording appears to have fallen victim to the record company distribution idiots. Although it is listed in catalogs and web sites as available in Europe, it is no longer available in the U.S. So, if you see one in a store I recommend buying it immediately. If it magically re-appears as available in the U.S. please let me know.
This is one of my all-time favourite recordings! Like all of J.S. Bach's keyboard music, these works were written for harpsichord. Andras Schiff's delicate touch is a perfect compromise and I haven't heard a better performance of these concertos on piano.
The concertos themselves are arrangements of other works (i.e. Concerto No. 6 is from Brandenburg Concerto No. 4) or reconstructions of lost works (violin and oboe concertos). Rather than being mere transcriptions, the pieces are reworked to suit the keyboard and they are extraordinary. As is Schiff's performance as well as the orchestra. This performance is exceptional in capturing the elegance and energy of these works. Schiff's playing is fluid and delicate while also showing absolute precision. I've listened to it dozens of times and its beauty continues to impress me.
I enthusiastically recommend this recording to everyone from the new Bach listener to the seasoned expert.