J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Concertos for 2 and 3 Pianos and Orchestra

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Edmond deStoutz
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Zurchre Kammerorchester (Edmond de Stoutz);Orchestre des Concerts Colonne (Pierre Dervaux); Philadelphia Orchestra (Eugene Ormandy)
Soloists:Robert, Gaby & Jean Casadesus
Individual Works:Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in C minor, BWV 1060
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in C major, BWV 1061
Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra in D minor, BWV 1063
Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra, in C major, BWV 1064
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Classical
Catalog Number:SBK 67179
Year Released/Recorded:1963/67/69
Total Playing Time:67:50
These pieces are not for piano, of course, they're for harpsichord. But I am not a purist and love hearing Bach on piano. The stereo separation of the 2 pianos is so good you can hear the individual melodies very clearly, more so than the harpsichord recordings. The Philadelphia Orchestra? I am not a fan of original instruments so I like the lush, full sound of a modern orchestra. I bought it because it's a "budget" CD but it turned out to be wonderful.
Bach's wonderful contrapuntal techniques are accentuated by the stereo effects of this recording as two pianos dual across left and right channels and a third one is added, balanced between the channels. Check this one out through headphones!!
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • James Sundquist
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:09/30/1995