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Keyboard Concerto No 4 in A major, BWV1055


The Concerto No 4 in A major, BWV1055 is probably based on a lost concerto for oboe d’amore (indeed it is often heard these days on that instrument). It opens with a high-spirited Allegro which adopts the essential feature of the concerto grosso – the opposition between tutti and soli passages. It is followed by a beautiful Larghetto in F sharp minor, in the tempo of a siciliano, thus bearing a slight resemblance to the slow movement of the E major concerto. The final Allegro ma non tanto is the most delicate last movement of the seven concertos. This lilting, menuet-like movement has immense grace, although its opening theme is not without bravura.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2005

Le Concerto no 4 en la majeur, BWV1055 repose probablement sur un concerto perdu, pour hautbois d’amour (et, de fait, il est souvent joué sur cet instrument). L’Allegro initial enjoué, qui adopte la grande caractéristique du concerto grosso, savoir l’opposition entre les passages de tutti et de soli, précède un magnifique Larghetto en fa dièse mineur, sis dans le tempo d’une sicilienne – d’où une légère ressemblance avec le mouvement lent du concerto en mi majeur. L’Allegro ma non tanto final est le dernier mouvement le plus délicat de tout le corpus: mélodieux et de type menuet, il possède une grâce immense, malgré un thème d’ouverture non dénué de bravoure.

extrait des notes rédigées par Angela Hewitt © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Das Konzert Nr. 4 in A-Dur BWV1055 basiert wahrscheinlich auf einem verschollenen Konzert für Oboe d’amore (und ist heutzutage auch oft mit dem Instrument zu hören). Es beginnt mit einem lebendigen Allegro, das das Hauptmerkmal des Concerto grosso aufweist: die Gegenüberstellung von Tutti- und Solopassagen. Darauf folgt ein sehr schönes Larghetto in fis-Moll im Tempo eines Siciliano – damit erinnert es an den langsamen Satz des E-Dur Konzerts. Der letzte Satz, Allegro ma non tanto, ist der zartgliedrigste letzte Satz der sieben Konzerte, der beschwingt, menuettartig und besonders anmutig gestaltet ist, obwohl das Anfangsthema nicht ohne Bravura ist.

aus dem Begleittext von Angela Hewitt © 2005
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


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Track-specific metadata for CKD410 track 12

Allegro ma non tanto
Recording date
29 September 2011
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs & Robert Cammidge
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