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Concerto in G major, BWV592

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In 1718 Telemann edited a set of arrangements by Bach for harpsichord of various concerti which included works by Ernst (BWV982 and 987). BWV592, however, is not among these, nor does any autograph manuscript survive. Parts discovered at Rostock (a port on the German Baltic coastline) in 1906 served only to discredit previous speculation that Ernst’s concerto had been for two solo violins. There would seem to be little chance that we shall ever know more than this.

The concerto’s three-movement format is of the kind predominant amongst Bach’s and Walther’s known arrangements. As one might expect from so young a composer, the ritornello design is rudimentary and the original conception of string possibilities as evinced here unadventurous. As with BWV596, the slow movement presents a contrast between introductory and concluding ‘tutti’ sections and the intervening ‘solo’ material. In the last movement Ernst’s pairs of repeated notes (shown in the Rostock parts) are adjusted for reasons of idiomatic layout, and some new bars are introduced. Ernst’s concern to balance the outer movements remains evident, however, and there are many attractive ideas for which the arranger can take no more than partial credit.

from notes by Francis Pott 1995

Telemann gab 1718 einen von Bach geschaffenen Satz von Bearbeitungen für Cembalo heraus, der auch Werke von Ernst (BWV982 und 987) umfaßte. BWV592 ist jedoch nicht unter ihnen, und ist auch kein handschriftliches Manuskript dieses Werkes erhalten geblieben. Teile des Konzerts, die 1906 in Rostock entdeckt wurden, diskreditierten nur die bestehende Annahme, daß Ernsts Konzert für zwei Violinen konzipiert gewesen war. Wahrscheinlich werden wir nie mehr als dies darüber wissen. Das dreisätzige Format der Konzerts ist von der Art, die unter den von Bach und Walther angefertigten Bearbeitungen vorherrscht. Wie man es von einem so jungen Komponisten erwarten konnte, ist der ritornellhafte Aufbau elementar und die ursprüngliche Konzeption für Streichinstrumente, wie sie hier an den Tag tritt, ziemlich einfallslos. Wie bei BWV596 veranschaulicht auch hier der langsame Satz einen Kontrast zwischen einleitenden und abschließenden ‘Tutti’-Abschnitten und dem dazwischenliegenden ‘Solo’-Material . Im letzten Satz werden Ernsts Paare von Notenwiederholungen (die in den Rostocker Werkteilen sichtbar sind) aus Gründen idiomatischer Strukturierung angeglichen, und einige neue Takte kommen hinzu.

Ernsts Bemühen, die äußeren Konzertsätze miteinander ins Gleichgewicht zu setzen bleibt jedoch ersichtlich, und es gibt viele attraktive Ideen, die nur teilweise dem Bearbeiter zuzuschreiben sind.

aus dem Begleittext von Francis Pott 1995
Deutsch: Angelika Malbert

Recordings

Bach: The Complete Organ Works, Vol. 2
SIGCD802Download only 1 July 2016 Release
Bach: The Italian Connection
CDA66813Archive Service
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
CDS44121/3616CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Details

Movement 1: Allegro
Track 9 on SIGCD802 [3'13] Download only 1 July 2016 Release
Track 11 on CDA66813 [3'29] Archive Service
Track 11 on CDS44121/36 CD7 [3'29] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) Deleted
Movement 2: Grave: Adagio
Track 10 on SIGCD802 [2'05] Download only 1 July 2016 Release
Track 12 on CDA66813 [2'27] Archive Service
Track 12 on CDS44121/36 CD7 [2'27] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) Deleted
Movement 3: Presto
Track 11 on SIGCD802 [2'03] Download only 1 July 2016 Release
Track 13 on CDA66813 [1'59] Archive Service
Track 13 on CDS44121/36 CD7 [1'59] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDS44121/36 disc 7 track 11

Movement 1: Allegro
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-81311
Duration
3'29
Recording date
5 May 1994
Recording venue
Pfarrkirche St Peter und Paul, Villmergen, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: The Italian Connection (CDA66813)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: May 1995
    Deletion date: November 2008
    Archive Service
  2. Bach: The Complete Organ Works (CDS44121/36)
    Disc 7 Track 11
    Release date: October 2002
    Deletion date: March 2009
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) Deleted
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