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Release Date: Monday 6 November 2000
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One of the nicest things about Naxos' complete survey of Bach's orchestral music is that each disc always includes a substantial musical "bonus" that distinguishes it from the numerous competing performances available. In this case, conductor Helmut Müller-Brühl and his intrepid band of keyboard and string players offer a reconstruction of the Concerto for Three Harpsichords BWV 1064 in its original version for three violins. Comparison of the two versions is fascinating, not least because the players offer a fractionally more expansive tempo in the slow movement of the violin version, acknowledging the stringed instrument's superior ability to sustain a long, lyrical melody. It's this sensitivity to the natural qualities of the solo instruments themselves that allows the players to set ideal tempos, and to perform each work with just the right mix of high spirits and idiomatic musicianship. In short, these are performances as good as any, and a great buy.
Bach, J S: Harpsichord Concerto in D major, BWV 1054
Bach, J S: Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV1058
Bach, J S: Concerto for Three Keyboards in C major, BWV1064
Bach, J S: Concerto for Three Keyboards in D minor, BWV1063
Bach, J S: Concerto for Three Violins in C major, BWV1064