J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cembalokonzerte Band I

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Rinaldo Alessandrini
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Concerto Italiano
Soloists:Rinaldo Alessandrini: Harpsichord and director
Claudio Rufa: Flute
Francesca Vicari: Violin
Individual Works:Konzert in d-moll, BWV 1052
Konzert in F-dur, BWV 1057
Konzert in D-dur, BWV 1054
Tripelkonzert in a-moll fur Flote, Violine und Cembalo, BWV 1044
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Opus III
Catalog Number:OPS 30-153 HM 90
Year Released/Recorded:1997
Total Playing Time:71.36
Comments:Fabrizio d'Auria said:

It is my pleasure to add the name of Rinaldo Alessandrini to the list of Bach performers in this web page. I believe this recording is a very valuable addition to those already available and sheds new, fresh light on some of the Master's best known compositions. It is impossible to listen to the initial theme of BWV 1052 with its carefully shaped dynamics and phrasing (just listen to the last two "staccato" chords of the "tutti" before the soloist comes in) without being shaken. The momentum imparted to the concerto by Alessandrini and his group is irresistible. I find it both exhilarating and moving. This is not only due to the tempos that are brisk but never hurried, but to the extremely coherent vision of the interpretation: masterful.

BWV 1057 is a parody of the Fourth Brandeburg. The second movement is played "unequal", that is a dotted rhythm is played even though it is not written in the score: this is not an arbitrary rhythmic distortion but a common practice of the period: the resulting delicate, dance-like character of the movement enhances the French "bergerie" flavor of the movement. I find it lovely, but I realize it may not be to everybody's taste. Equally beautiful are the renditions of BWV 1054 (a parody of the violin concerto BWV 1042) and of the triple concerto 1044, a piece not heard too often.

In general, the sound of the strings is warm and slightly "dark" (it just seems to match the colors of the Chardin painting on the CD cover) and Alessandrini's harpsichord is beautifully present but not too "over-miked" (unlike so many other recordings).

Finally, the booklet notes are short but excellent.

One last remark: Opus 111 CD's are imported and cost a little bit more than regular CD's, but they are usually worth the extra money.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Fabrizio d'Auria
Date First Submitted:11/02/1997