Bach Concertos.

J.S. Bach:

  • Double and Triple Concertos

The dynamic ensemble ‘Brecon Baroque’ was founded in 2007 by violinist and director Rachel Podger as the resident ensemble at her annual Brecon Baroque Festival.

Brecon Baroque specializes in the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. They also appear as a small baroque orchestra performing the music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Purcell and Handel. More than any other composer of his period, J. S. Bach realized the possibilities of the concerto for several instruments.

Here’s what we get to hear on this CD:

Bach, J S:

  • Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043, Bojan Čičić (violin II)
  • Concerto for Flute, Violin & Harpsichord in A minor, BWV1044, Katy Bircher (flute)
  • Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings BWV1060R, Alexandra Bellamy (oboe)
  • Concerto for 3 violins, strings & continuo in D major (reconstruction), BWV 1064R, Johannes Pramsohler, Anna Nowak-Pokrzywinska (violins II & III)

Performed by Rachel Podger (violin/director), with the Brecon Baroque Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach’s amazing musical mind led him down interesting paths of invention. He produced concertos for a variety of needs, whether the courtly settings of Köthen, the urban setting of the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig, or even for his own domestic entertainment. This was music that he was willing to rework for different occasions, and each of the concertos on this disc existed in more than one version.

Here is Bach’s Double Violin Concerto:



And next, here is Rachel Podger talking about and performing Bach Violin Concerti:



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