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Bach: Keyboard Concertos, Vol 2 - Suzuki

Bach: Keyboard Concertos, Vol 2 - Suzuki

BIS  BIS-2481

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Bach: Keyboard Concertos BWV 1057, 1055, 1058, 1054

Bach Collegium Japan
Masato Suzuki, harpsichord & direction


The concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo harpsichord and strings are some of the earliest, if not the very first, keyboard concertos. In all likelihood Bach wrote them for his own use (or that of his talented sons) – probably to be performed with Leipzig’s Collegium Musicum. The concertos’ fresh and exuberant character reflects how much Bach enjoyed the opportunity to engage with his fellow musicians, a quality that also came across on Masato Suzuki’s first installment of Bach's harpsichord concertos together with his colleagues in Bach Collegium Japan: ‘sparkling performances... [Suzuki’s] remarkable virtuosity is beautifully projected by BIS’s excellent SACD recording’ (MusicWeb-International).

Despite how idiomatic they may sound, many of Bach’s harpsichord concertos are almost certainly transcriptions of earlier works written for other instruments. Of the works presented on this second volume, BWV 1054 and BWV 1058 are adaptations of violin concertos composed while the composer was living in Cöthen. The model for BWV 1055 has been lost but it is believed to be a concerto for oboe or viola d’amore. BWV 1057, finally, is an adaptation of the well-known Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, transposed down one step but retaining the original’s two recorders. As examples of musical recycling, these works display Bach’s uncanny ability to re-use successful music ideas and give them a new meaning and significance.

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Review by Adrian Quanjer - July 17, 2022

This review was meant for another release Bach: Double Keyboard Concertos - Suzuki, Suzuki. A new one is on its way.

Copyright © 2022 Adrian Quanjer and HRAudio.net

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Comment by Andreas - August 8, 2022 (1 of 3)

Adrian Quanjer's discussion of this disc seems to be assuming that Masaaki Suzuki is involved in the recording of volume 2. From what I can see, he is not, and the soloist and conductor of the disc is Masaaki's son, Masato Suzuki (born 1981). There may be clear interpretative differences between this disc and Corti's (born 1984), which Quanjer compares, but they are not inter-generational.

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - August 8, 2022 (2 of 3)

You are quite right, my mistake. The review is a sad mix-up. It was meant to be a review for another BIS release. The one for two harpsichords (Bach: Double Keyboard Concertos - Suzuki, Suzuki), but unfortunately published under Keyboard concertos, Vol. 2. I won't blame the summer heat. Revision is on its way.

Comment by Andreas - August 9, 2022 (3 of 3)

I had been wondering, actually, since your review would fit that other disc like the proverbial glove.