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Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV1052
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'Harriet Cohen – The complete solo studio recordings' (APR7304)
Harriet Cohen – The complete solo studio recordings
'Bach: Keyboard Concertos' (CKD410)
Bach: Keyboard Concertos
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'Bach: Keyboard Concertos' (CDA30003)
Bach: Keyboard Concertos
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'Bach: Keyboard Concertos' (CDA67607/8)
Bach: Keyboard Concertos
'Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1' (CDA67307)
Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1
'Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1' (SACDA67307)
Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1
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Movement 1: Allegro
Movement 2: Adagio
Movement 3: Allegro

Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV1052
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Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV1052 is the most famous and powerful of the seven concertos. Here the original version is without doubt a lost violin concerto as so much of the solo writing is characteristic of that instrument (especially in the use of bariolage, the name given to passages which rotate around a single note on an open string). To this day there is discussion among musicologists as to whether the original concerto was actually written by Bach or by somebody else. I cannot think of another composer who could even come close to rivalling the amazing intensity and scope of this piece, not to mention the dramatic and emotional impact it creates.

Certainly the opening tutti, with its unison writing, announces something special, and very different from the other keyboard concertos. This theme reappears throughout, separating the different excursions of the soloist. The most dramatic part of the movement is where the keyboard has a brief moment on its own, taking off over a long sustained pedal note in the bass. The Adagio also begins with a unison tutti – this time a ground bass which is present in every bar, modulating to different keys and sometimes fragmented. The soloist is given an impassioned aria, and engages in dialogue with the violins and violas. The whole is totally reminiscent of Passion music. The third movement is the most brilliant finale of the concertos, not letting up for a moment, and demands the utmost in rhythmic precision and virtuosity.

The first two movements of this concerto appear in the Cantata BWV146, Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen (‘We must pass through much tribulation to enter God’s kingdom’). Both movements give the solo part to the organ in a slightly less developed form. Amazingly, in what seems like an already very elaborate slow movement, Bach adds a four-part chorus above the keyboard part. The third movement appears as the Sinfonia to Cantata BWV188, Ich habe meine Zuversicht (‘I have my trust in God’). Both of these works were written between 1726 and 1728, so probably pre-date the keyboard concerto. The popularity of this work dates back to Mendelssohn’s performance of it in Leipzig in 1837, and the subsequent publication of the score.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2005

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Details for CDA30003 track 2
Adagio
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ISRC
GB-AJY-05-30702
Duration
7'17
Recording date
9 February 2005
Recording venue
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Keyboard Concertos (CDA30003)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 2010
    Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
  2. Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1 (CDA67307)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: June 2005
  3. Bach: Keyboard Concertos (CDA67607/8)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 2006
    2CDs
  4. Bach: The Keyboard Concertos, Vol. 1 (SACDA67307)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: June 2005
    Deletion date: December 2012
    Super-Audio CD — Deleted
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