Mstation Classical Reviews
pre Dec 04 reviews are here
Tue, 01 Mar 2005
JS Bach Keyboard Concertos BWV 1060, 1061, 1062, 1063 Guher and Suher Pekinel Zurcher Kammerorchester Howard Griffiths LP, Warner Classics
J.S. Bach invented the keyboard concerto. In his fifth Brandenburg Concerto he liberated the harpsichord from continuo work only and started a genre that came to full fruition with Mozart and Beethoven.
Bach's first encounter with the concerto is said to have been when his employer's nephew, Prince Johann Ernst, returned from studying in Utrecht with examples of Venetian works, most notably Vivaldi. This was in 1713. He took them apart by arranging them for a single keyboard and then set off on his own.
This is a nice performance by the Pekinel twins with a lot of delicasy. The recording is a little antiseptic but is not offensive. (Count K)