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JS Bach Keyboard Concertos [CD]

Nick van Bloss , Johann Sebastian Bach , David Parry , English Chamber Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nimbus Alliance
  • ASIN: B005ZSHAV4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. J.S. Bach, Concerto in A major BWV 1055
2. J.S. Bach, Concerto in G minor BWV 1058
3. J.S. Bach, Concerto in D major BWV 1054
4. J.S. Bach, Concerto in E major BWV 1053
5. J.S. Bach, Concerto in F minor BWV 1056

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"Blissful freshness of approach... delicious... Fascinating..." --International Piano Magazine

"..sublime poetry, playfulness and, above all, a relish of what the modern piano can bring to this music in terms of dynamics, colour and articulation." --The Sunday Times

"...precision is paramount, and Van Bloss employs it here to mesmerizing effect..." --The Independent

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"These performances remain true to my personal ideal and I hope that the irresistible drive and inherent emotional potency of the concertos has to some extent been realised. With thanks to the supportive work of the conductor and orchestra, I also hope that they 'speak' with an imprint that is my own." Nick van Bloss 2011

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pianist with an elegant soul 31 Dec 2011
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The entire album oozes elegance. Having heard this CD and also Nick Van Bloss' previous one (The Goldberg Variations) I am convinced that he is one of those rare performers who really understand this music in a way that many others can't. I include myself in the "doesn't understand" bracket, because even though I love hearing good performances of the Bach repertoire, I can't claim to be able to get Bach had I been performing it. By that I mean that enjoyment and understanding don't always go together.

Nick Van Bloss clearly enjoys performing and deeply understands the music and how it should be performed, he does it so instinctively in my opinion. From the moment the album starts to the very last note I enjoy listening to it immensely. On repeated hearing I find myself carried away into reflection and wonder of how the music is so structured and on the surface uncomplicated, but knowing very well that it is difficult to perform with the elegance and balance that NickVB brings to it. He doesn't add an enormous amount of stress nor strain (after all the music was composed for instruments not capable of the modern piano's expressive possibilities) but at the same time there is plenty there to feel the music's emotional content to the fullest, particularly in the slow movements.

The performances therefore have an elegant soul. You can feel that also in the well placed embellishments (trills, appogiaturas, etc) on the piano part. He really knows how to bring those off to perfection, and they are an essential element of performance of music of that period. Sure any good musician can play embellishments skilfully, but there is skill on the one hand and there is skill with soulful elegance on the other, and Nick Van Bloss has soulful elegance in abundance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance 8 Nov 2012
By Andreas
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I shall buy anything that Mr Van Bloss ever records; he has such a profound understanding of the music to go with his extraordinary technical skills (his 'Goldberg' is the best out of the six recordings I own of that masterpiece - all the others by world-renowned pianists), and the same depth of understand he shows in the Goldberg is here in these keyboard concertos, too. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch 20 Jun 2013
By Mark
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This is a very impressive recording of Bach's keyboard concertos. It's the finest one I've heard yet for a piano based recording. Nick Van Bloss is an incredible talent and his playing is both technically flawless and full of passion. The sound of the recording is very well balanced and is an absolute delight. This is my first stop for a piano based version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 10 Feb 2014
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This is a fantastic recording of this great classic. Very easy to listen too. Pity there is not more by this artist he has such depth of feeling in his playing.
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