J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Concerti for Harpsichord and Strings

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ivor Bolton
Accompaniment/Orchestra:St. James's Baroque Players
Soloists:Ivor Bolton
Individual Works:Concerto for Harpsichord & Strings in D Minor
Concerto for Harpsichord & Strings in A Major
Concerto for Harpsichord & Strings in F Minor
Concerto for Harpsichord & Strings in F Major
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:IMP Classics / Carlton Classics
Catalog Number:30367 00692
Year Released/Recorded:1987
Total Playing Time:63'18"
Comments:Thom Washington said:

These difficult to find selections, especially BWV 1052, are worth the search because they reveal the intensity I believe these works were originally written for. Lesser recordings have produced a more bland interpretation. The best recording ever made! The price is a bargain too at around 8.99!

Felix Gulsrud said:

I want to add to what Thom Washington has written about Ivor Boltons recordings. It is a pity that Bolton's interpretations are no longer available. In spite of "original instruments", they are to the harpsicord concerti what Heifetz was to the double concerto for violin. Brisk tempi, no-nonsense, straight forward, intensity and no mannerisms, sturdy energy. My only complaint would be the weak sound of the few strings (only a string quartet pluss bass).
I have the harpsicord concerti on two CDs, PCD 864 and PCD 901 both IMP Classic. Somebody should reissue these gems.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thom Washington
  • Felix Gulsrud
Date First Submitted:01/08/1997