J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Concerti for Harpsichord and Strings (complete)

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Igor Kipnis
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Sir Neville Marriner, The London Strings
Individual Works:Harpsichord Concerto #1 in d
Harpsichord Concerto #2 in E
Harpsichord Concerto #3 in D
Harpsichord Concerto #4 in A
Harpsichord Concerto #5 in f
Harpsichord Concerto #6 in F
Harpsichord Concerto #7 in g
Harpsichord Concerto #8 in d
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Columbia
Catalog Number:SB2K 53243
Year Released/Recorded:1967-1970
Total Playing Time:2:16:32
Comments:Alex Temple said:

Kipnis's harpsichord is one of the few I've heard that isn't loud and bangy or very tinny. Although I've heard better ones, no harpsichord performance of this work that I've heard is better. Yeah, I know... Just listen to the F Minor one.

Thomas Hubeart said:

In many ways the Kipnis/Marriner recording of the solo harpsichord concertos is more than a match for the Trevor Pinnock/English Concert rendition of the same concertos. Although Pinnock and Co. are very good, strangely enough they are less "authentic" than Kipnis/Marriner in the matter of having a second "continuo" harpsichord playing along, which is indicated by Bach in the continuo figures in BWV 1055's score and presumably was his practice for the rest of the set. The Kipnis set has the worthy Colin Tilney playing this continuo part.

The sound is very good despite the occasional audible tape splice (these are after all late 60s analog recordings). Marriner obtains a beautiful lustrous sound from the London Strings, and Kipnis is everywhere impeccable in his playing with regard to taste and knowledge--yet at the same time his solo work is always exciting and alive. One should also mention Kipnis' BWV 1059 reconstruction, which unlike Gustav Leonhardt's of the same fragmentary concerto (built on movements from BWV 35), manages to make the work believable and interesting. A very worthwhile release.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Alex Temple
  • Thomas Hubeart
Date First Submitted:11/28/1996