- 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: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,007 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
JS Bach Keyboard Concertos CD
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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
"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
Top customer reviews
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. The highlight for me is the middle movement of the last concerto on the album, and the transition from that to the final movement. Sublime.
I think what Nick Van Bloss has achieved here, and also with his Goldberg variations album, is communicating the music to us in a way that it sounds totally relevant to our times. It's music that, because of performers like him, stands the test of time and actually tells us something new. The totality of that experience to me is difficult to articulate fully, but I know how it feels: It's a wonderfully moving experience.
In these five Keyboard concertos by JS Bach (numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7) he reveals a vivid musical personality and exemplary technique - the music flows naturally and has an irresistible buoyancy. His decision to double the bass octave in places usually enhances the music, but may cause some eyebrows to rise in the Andante of the G minor concerto BWV 1025. I doubt, though, whether anyone's enjoyment of this wonderful disc will be adversely affected. Nick van Bloss is clearly an artist to be cherished, and one looks forward to more records - and a further instalment of his autobiography - from this committed and engaging man and musician.