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BACH, J.S.: Concertos for Solo Harpsichord (Complete) (Farr)

Composer(s):Bach, Johann Sebastian
Artist(s) Farr, Elizabeth, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumental
Catalogue 8.572006-07
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Among the wealth of works composed during his Weimar period, J.S. Bach made 22 keyboard transcriptions of concertos by Italian and German composers: six for two keyboards and pedal (BWV 592–596) and sixteen for keyboard (BWV 972–987), the latter of which are recorded here by multi-award-winning harpsichordist Elizabeth Farr. Complementing these masterful transcriptions is the Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV894, which Bach later reworked as the opening and closing movements of his Triple Concerto BWV1044. Farr’s other Naxos recordings have been universally praised.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,November 2009

Keyboardist Elizabeth Farr has made a number of excellent recordings on several instruments, all of which have been a pleasure to listen to. In undertaking the daunting challenge of recording all of the sixteen solo concertos, though, she may have overreached. The instrument that Farr plays (built by Keith Hill) is modeled after the Flemish builder Ruckers, with the addition of a sixteen foot stop, which gives it an added depth dimension. Given that these works are transcriptions (i.e., reductions) of orchestral works by Bach's contemporaries, this was a wise decision.


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