J.S. Bach

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Main Performer
or Conductor:
Weimarer Barock-Ensemble
Soloists:Simon Standage, violin
Guido Titze, oboe
Sebastian Knebel, organ
Ludger Rşmy, harpsichord
Individual Works:Bach - Organ Concerto BWV 592 -- based on:
Johann Ernst - violin concerto
Bach - Harpsichord Concerto BWV 979 -- based on:
Torelli - violin concerto
Walther - Organ Concerto -- based on:
Albinoni - Violin Concerto
Bach - Harpsichord Concerto BWV 974 -- based on:
Marcello - Oboe concerto
Walther - Organ Concerto -- based on:
Telemann - Oboe and Violin Concerto
Bach - Harpsichord Concerto BWV 973 -- based on:
Vivaldi - Violin Concerto op.7/2 no.2 RV 299
Walther - Organ Concerto -- based on:
Albinoni - Violin Concerto
Bach - Harpsichord Concerto BWV 982 -- based on:
Johann Ernst - Violin Concerto
Bach - Organ Concerto BWV 596 -- based on:
Vivaldi - Concerto op.3 no.8 RV 565
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Thorofon
Catalog Number:DCTH 2371/2
Year Released/Recorded:1997
Total Playing Time:142'00"
Comments:Alastair Asher said:

This recording is a marvel. True connoisseurs of Bach will know that he wrote many transcriptions for organ and harpchord of other composers' concertos. But how many times have we wondered what those concertos originally sounded like - WELL NOW WE KNOW! Because they are on this recording. They come after their Bach counterparts so we can compare them.
An amazing thing is that this is the first recording of most of them (barring, of course, the Vivaldi ones, which most people have heard anyway). And who is playing solo violin here but the incomparable Simon Standage! What a delight indeed for connoisseurs. Of the other performers, I happen to know Ludger Rşmy is a very good harpsichordist. It is an all original-instrument affair (and with this repertoire practically has to be, making an exception for Glenn Gould playing BWV 974 of course).
So, something truly NEW for Bach connoisseurs. What a rarity! I don't know about the other Bach transcriptions. Perhaps they are planning to do them some other time, or have already done. I don't know, but this does not represent all Bach's transcriptions.
Oh, there are also some similar transcriptions by Johann Gottfried Walther with their originals. So Bach wasn't the only one doing it.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Alastair Asher
Date First Submitted:03/24/2007