J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Keyboard Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Andras Schiff
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Individual Works:Concerto No. 1 in D major, BWV 1052
Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053
Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054
Concerto No. 4 in A major, BWV 1055
Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
Concerto No. 6 in F major, BWV 1057
Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:London
Catalog Number:425676-2
Year Released/Recorded:1990
Total Playing Time:disc 1: 56:54
disc 2: 51:24
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

This outstanding recording appears to have fallen victim to the record company distribution idiots. Although it is listed in catalogs and web sites as available in Europe, it is no longer available in the U.S. So, if you see one in a store I recommend buying it immediately. If it magically re-appears as available in the U.S. please let me know.

Performance: Outstanding
Recording: Excellent

This is one of my all-time favourite recordings! Like all of J.S. Bach's keyboard music, these works were written for harpsichord. Andras Schiff's delicate touch is a perfect compromise and I haven't heard a better performance of these concertos on piano.

The concertos themselves are arrangements of other works (i.e. Concerto No. 6 is from Brandenburg Concerto No. 4) or reconstructions of lost works (violin and oboe concertos). Rather than being mere transcriptions, the pieces are reworked to suit the keyboard and they are extraordinary. As is Schiff's performance as well as the orchestra. This performance is exceptional in capturing the elegance and energy of these works. Schiff's playing is fluid and delicate while also showing absolute precision. I've listened to it dozens of times and its beauty continues to impress me.

I enthusiastically recommend this recording to everyone from the new Bach listener to the seasoned expert.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:04/14/1995