J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Concertos & Duets

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christopher Hogwood
Soloists:Christopher Hogwood
Christophe Rousset
Individual Works:J.S. Bach:
Concerto in C major for 2 harpsichords, BWV 1061
The Art of Fugue: Contrapunctus 13 rectus, inversus, BWV 1080

W. H. Bach:

  • Concerto for two keyboards, F10

    C.P.E. Bach:

  • Four Duets, Wq115

    J.C. Bach:

  • Duet in G major, op.15.
  • Format:Unspecifiedc
    Record Label:L'Oiseau-Lyre
    Catalog Number:440 649-2
    Year Released/Recorded:1992-3
    Total Playing Time:65:30
    Related Web Site:http://www.aam.co.uk/
    Comments:This is like an informal, intergenerational, evening at home with the Bachs. The pieces include all of the duets composed by all of the Bachs represented. As the notes indicate, the small number of duets in an family in which there was never any shortage of keyboards or accomplished musicians is striking. However, these few are gems. The clavichord pieces, by W.F. and C.P.E. are very subtle. Like the wonderful recordings made by Bernard Brauchli many years ago for the Titanic Late Renaissance Clavichord, vols 1 and 2) you have to listen with the sound turned way up --and still any serious ambient noise will interfere. But, that's what clavichords are like and the sweetness of their sound more than repays the need to listen carefully. The J.C. Bach duet is played on a Zumpe-style square piano "in which [Bach] seems to have had a commercial as well as a musical interest."
    Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
    • Stu Cohen
    Date First Submitted:08/14/1996