J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christoph Eschenbach
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Hamburg Philharmonic
Soloists:Christoph Eschenbach - Piano
Justus Frantz - Piano
Gerhard Oppitz - Piano
Helmut Schmidt - Piano
Individual Works:Concerto for 4 Keyboards and Strings in A minor (BWV 1065)
Concerto for 2 Keyboards and Strings in C major (BWV 1061)
Concerto for 2 Keyboards and Strings in C minor (BWV 1060)
Concerto for 3 keyboards and Strings in D minor (BWV 1063)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:415-655-2
Year Released/Recorded:1985
Total Playing Time:56'28
Comments:John Bratnober said:

Very nice to hear these works on pianos! Unfortunately the skills of the pianists are quite varied and this had to be a recording engineers nightmare as well. Four pianos and an orchestra? Hats off to former German President Helmut Schmidt for participating in this obviously joyful project as one of the pianists - even if he's the one who's a bit one-dimensional! Hmmmmm. But how many politicians can really appreciate Bach - or much more than rock n roll saxaphone?? The slow movements - especially the Largo in the 4 piano concerto - make the purchase well worth it for me. If you like Bach keyboard work performed on the piano it's a good but not a great buy. Seems like everyone's trying just a bit too hard somehow, in some prolonged passages, and this gives it a certain determined heaviness that isn't quite satisfying in my book.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • John Bratnober
Date First Submitted:12/31/2000