J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto D Minor, BWV 1052 by Pieter Jan Belder & Musica Amphion

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Pieter-Jan Belder while recording the Complete Bach Harpsichord Concertos for Brilliant Classics with his own ensemble Musica Amphion in September 2019.

Sophie Wedell, baroque violin
Rie Kimura, baroque violin
Yoshiko Morita, baroque viola
Rainer Zipperling, baroque cello
Maggie Urquhart, violone
Pieter Jan Belder, harpsichord
Sound Engineer: Peter Arts & Video: Gerjan v.d. Weg in Mijnsherenland, The Netherlands

In 1717 Johann Sebastian Bach entered the service of the Prince of Anhalt-Cöthen. It was an appointment that was to prove highly fruitful, as, free from ecclesiastical duties and with an instrumental ensemble of about 17 players to hand; Bach took the opportunity to expand his instrumental output – writing, among others, a collection of violin concertos.

Also dating from this period are the Harpsichord Concertos, products of the composer’s association with the Telemann Musical Society. Indeed, just as Handel is credited with the birth of the organ concerto, the harpsichord concerto owes its origins to J.S. Bach – whose weekly appearances at the Society were an ideal forum in which to transcribe extant concerto movements for solo and multiple harpsichords. From the sunny disposition of BWV1052 to the dramatic interplay between solo parts in BWV1062, Bach effectively cultivated a new, heightened form of expression in all these works – the majority of which are probably transcriptions of earlier (including lost) violin concertos by himself and others.

Dedicated to the composer’s complete works in the medium, this release celebrates the birth of one of the most important genres in music history. Pieter-Jan Belder provides commanding readings, and are deftly supported by his Musica Amphion, this recording represents compulsive listening for the harpsichord connoisseur and Baroque enthusiast alike

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