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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (18 April 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G6T
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 4 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in A minor, BWV 1065 - 1. (Allegro)Helmut Schmidt 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 4 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in A minor, BWV 1065 - 2. LargoHelmut Schmidt 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 4 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in A minor, BWV 1065 - 3. AllegroHelmut Schmidt 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C, BWV 1061 - 1. W/o Tempo IndicationChristoph Eschenbach 7:39£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C, BWV 1061 - 2. Adagio ovvero LargoChristoph Eschenbach 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C, BWV 1061 - 3. FugaChristoph Eschenbach 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1060 - 1. AllegroChristoph Eschenbach 5:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: Concerto For 2 Harpsichords, Strings, And Continuo In C Minor, BWV 1060 - 2. AdagioChristoph Eschenbach 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1060 - 3. AllegroChristoph Eschenbach 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo No.1 in D minor, BWV 1063 - 1. (Allegro)Christoph Eschenbach 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo No.1 in D minor, BWV 1063 - 2. Alla sicilianaGerhard Oppitz 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo No.1 in D minor, BWV 1063 - 3. AllegroChristoph Eschenbach 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 10 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
If (A) your partner is a goose-stepping period practice fascist (B) you have loaded up on their life insurance and (C) it is time to 'move 'em out - rawhide!' - this disc is mandatory.

Four Steinways - One Hamburg Philharmonic - Three Keyboard Virtuosos - One former Chancellor of West Germany. It's a potent mixture. It could have been one of the travesties of recording history. Happily, this disc has never gone out of circulation (it was recorded in February 1985) and the reasons are self-evident.

Such be the calibre of these musicians, they defy the weight of this array to deliver performances that are pellucid, dramatic and highly listenable. My other reviewers are damned right to hone in on the C Major and the slow movement of the D Minor: the former in particular is radiant with a Bachian joie de vivre.

I have never felt the need to supplement this disc with those dreary performances from the likes of Trevor Pinnock et al.

The Coroner is no fool. You do not want to spend the next twenty years in the Big House with Bobo and Bubba ("Hello to the bottom bunk"). Purchasing this disc would be the perfect crime - under such circumstances, it should come with a body-bag. Alternatively, you may just want to fall further in love with Johann Sebastian Bach. Wonderful stuff.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MR P LATIMER on 9 Feb. 2012
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I see that this rendition of Bach's keyboard concertos has garnered praise from some reviewers on the Amazon.com site.

First of all let me say I am not against Deutsche Grammophon (DGG) in general. The house style of lush orchestration usually with the late Von Karajan conducting and matching smooth production is fine with me. I know that this type of playing and production has perhaps become unfashionable especially when applied to baroque composers but I find many traditional orchestral renditions of Bach to be perfectly fine.

All the same I am afraid I cannot recommend this CD. Yes, it is a bit of a curiosity item featuring as it does a former West German Chancellor on piano and I did enjoy it the first few times that I listened to it but the enjoyment was quite short lived. This production is like a very rich cake and it quickly becomes too much of a good thing. The orchestral performance is verging on a parody of the DGG sound in its over the top lushness. The natural baroque tempo of the allegro movements is stultified by ponderous 19th. century romantic renditions of the pieces and there is an apparent absence of interplay between soloists and orchestra.

In addition the sound engineering at least on the CD format is curiously flat. I recently upgraded my CD player and stereo amplifier and I have noticed substantial improvements in the reproduction from many of my CDs. Not so this CD, it sounds no worse but not any better either. Some vinyl era recording suffer in transfer to compact disc but I see that this recording from 1985 was a digital mastering in the first place so that excuse cannot be made in this case.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Best recording I've heard of these concertos 30 Jan. 2004
By "johndabomb" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I guess it really depends on your personal tastes, but I would have to say that this upbeat, lively interpretation of the world's greatest concertos (specifically the C Major double) is unparalleled. In the fast movements the notes are played largely staccato and the tempo is quite brisk for the most part. If you prefer this type of a performance (as I do) get this cd! Just as a side note, their ending of the second harpsichord solo in the first movement of the c minor double (happens twice) without a trill where just about every other version puts one is indescribably cool!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
talent, talent talent 30 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bach...Okay, having established the bone fides of the composer let's move on the production: Hamburg Philharmonic...That's two down; all that's left is to discuss the pianists and now that's a tough one because while listening to it on my way home I was nothing short of entranced...I had to pull off at the next exit to make sure I wrote down the title etc.
Did I like it? Would I recommend it? Well, it's one of the items I'm buying for Christmas Gifts. Nobody in mind just yet but I know that somebody out there is going to make a comment about piano, Bach, classical music and I'll know I scored.
If you like any of these topics you will really like this album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I actually found this by chance, in a garbage can lol. 4 April 2012
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't believe my eyes when i saw 10 perfect classical baroque and romantic recordings in a trash heap. I immediately took them home and listened to all of them, there were hardly any scratches on them I couldn't believe someone would throw away such treasures.The one that really caught me was this one,The piano music was superb and by being used to Bach's harpsichord concertos this album was a unique treat to hear. I like this album because it sort of sounds more romantic than baroque and I don't entirely feel like i am in a banquet hall surrounded by powdered wigs, It puts me rather in my own space filled with beauty entirely in its own. Much like Glen Goulds take on Bach with his many piano replacing harpsichord concertos, although this one is unique because you have the four harpsichords normally played but instead four pianos and it sounds really good that way.This album is great piece of work but it does become a little bit mechanical sounding, this is due to harpsichord being a percussion instrument while piano is used for being a solo or main instrument that we would hear to enjoy melodies not so much in the percussive but rather to be tranquil in a sense, so it takes time to adapt to this record. I am sure that you will enjoy and listen to it many times.

Thank you.
This is the finest recording I have of these Concertos 15 Nov. 2014
By J.S. Bach Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been listening to Bach for maybe 50 years. I have and have had many recordings of his works. This is the finest recording I have of these Concertos.

I think the finest recording I have ever heard (I mean of all the media - vinyl; 5 in. tape; 10 in. tape; cassette; CD; DVD) is the tracks 07-09 Concerto in A- BWV 1065. A masterpiece.
Amazing performance 9 Jan. 2007
By C. Barth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just love this CD,having many CDs in my collection I would put this in the top 5.I really recommend everyone try to pre-listen to it. Whats surprising is that I havent heard much about it in the reviews in Classical Music! A must for all Bach and Classical music lovers!
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