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Tue, 01 Mar 2005

Bach Keyboard Concertos

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)

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