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Bach - Complete Harpsichord Concertos [Classical, Box set]

Trevor Pinnock , J.S. Bach , Kenneth Gilbert , Lars Ulrik Mortensen , Nicholas Kraemer Audio CD

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "oldie" but a "goodie" Sept. 11 2008
By Steven Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the original version of this with the original ARCHIV cover featuring a very beautiful photograph of a double manual harpsichord. But consider this one, it is cheap!

The sound on this recording is vivid, even though some of the recordings are analogue (i.e. ADD rather than DDD) but don't let that minor issue deter you. If you want to hear all of Bach's extant harpsichord concertos, then look no further (well, do consider Egarr as well! ;-)). The English Concert play with style, power and panache. Mr. Pinnock is an excellent harpsichordist and he understands this music very well.

Highlights? The very poetic and, damn it!, sexy interpretation of the second movement of the F minor harpsichord concerto and the dazzling "harpsichord galaxy" of the concerto for four harpsichords (ripped off from Vivaldi's quadruple violin concerto, as you know!).

Lovely sounds and music I like to listen to whilst having a glass of wine on a cool sunny afternoon, as I am doing as I write this review.

RECOMMENDED!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful admixture of novelty and déja vu Aug. 30 2011
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This must be some of the most unfailingly uplifting music ever written, the apotheosis of elegance, harmony, balance and sentiment.

The endearingly quirky cover design of three plump cherries is somehow wholly apt: they refer to the label and also to how each of these concertos presents a trio of luscious, beautifully proportioned movements as perfectly satisfying and life-enhancing as a feast of fresh fruit. Trevor Pinnock's playing is beyond reproach, even - or especially - when he takes the Allegro of BWV 1055 or the Presto of BWV 1056 faster than at first seems advisable and the strings of the English Concert are as fleet and fluent as he is; their unity is wonderfully precise. Pinnock is joined in the concertos for 2, 3 and 4 harpsichords by equally distinguished musicians and the whole enterprise just exudes a serene confidence and joy in their music-making.

Part of the pleasure of this set derives from recognition of how Bach reworked music more familiar in another guise and key; hence we hear the fourth Brandenburg Concerto and the two surviving violin concertos transposed down a tone and reworked in a way which combines familiarity and novelty. Just when you might start to feel that you'd like some variety in the sonority from a surfeit of twanging harpsichord, no. 1057 gives us two mellow recorders to provide bucolic delight.

The sound is superb, achieving great clarity and depth. It might well be that the balance between the harpsichord(s) and orchestra has been judiciously tweaked but it doesn't sound artificial.

I also very much enjoy the arrangement of some of this music for piano of which there is an excellent bargain Naxos recording but this Trio collection provides a complete and utterly seductive survey of Bach at his most inventive and irrepressibly melodic.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great JS Bach collection April 18 2014
By A. Riffe - Published on Amazon.com
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The harpsichord is one of my favourite instruments of the classical era. And for me, JS Bach was the best at writing music for it. To me, this collection is absolutely perfect. I am not an expert at classical in any sense, but I know what I enjoy hearing and this 3 cd set does it for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Jan. 3 2014
By Nigel - Published on Amazon.com
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Rarely has a single set packed so much great music into three CDs. This is simply a wonderful listening experience.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful To Hear This Done On A Harpsichord Jan. 5 2011
By Jay G. Alderson Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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BWV 1056 is worth buying this entire set! But the rest is extraordinary too. Perfect for a harpsichord and/or Bach lover.
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