J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Keyboard Concertos #3, 5, 6, 7

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Murray Perahia
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Soloists:Murray Perahia, piano and conducting
Individual Works:Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054
Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in F major, BWV 1057
Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Classical
Catalog Number:SK89690
Year Released/Recorded:2002
Total Playing Time:54:00
Related Web Site:http://www.sonyclassical.com/music/89690/
Comments:Companion to Murray Perahia's other recording of Concertos 1, 2, and 4.

Review by Jan Hanford:

An extraordinary recording. Murray Perahia's performance is light as a feather. An expressive interpretation with a lively bounce and clear articulation. The string orchestra sounds warm and rich, surpassing what I usually expect from St. Martin in the Fields. Perahia and this orchestra seem made for eachother. The slow movements are an emotional experience, found so often in Bach's music, and are presented here with beautifully sensitive phrasing. Concerto No. 7, in particular, is magical.

These are some of Bach's most beautiful concertos. They exist in several other forms: concertos for oboe or violin and even Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 was reworked by Bach to become Keyboard Concerto No. 6 BWV 1057. Perahia gives these well-known melodies new life and leads the orchestra to create the must joyous version of these concertos I've heard to date. I don't always listen to new cd's more than once in a day but I played this one 3 times in one afternoon. My highest recommendation.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/19/2002