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J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos, Vol. 2

Il Pomo d'Oro, Francesco Corti

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Few recent versions of Johann Sebastian Bach's difficult concertos for harpsichord(s) manifest such bubbling polyphonic vibrancy. The reduced size of il pomo d'oro, to one per section, probably had something to do with it, but the listening skill of each musician, the harmonic tension as well as the breathing in the phrasing infused by Francesco Corti, the simple beauty of the sound texture, rich with a thousand cleverly organised details, will remain the great heralds of this second volume.


Listen, for example, to the Largo of the BWV 1056, with its "pizzicatos"  strings, which here sound as much like heartbeats as stab wounds. And on this carpet of sound, the Italian harpsichordist rolls out a line with infinite horizons, with soberly tender curves. The Larghetto of the BWV 1054, rarely so poetic and expressive, bears definitive witness - often forgotten - to the fact that Johann Sebastian Bach was a lover of acoustics, and its corollary resonance. The members of il pomo d'oro (especially in the medium and low registers, namely Stefano Rossi, Ludovico Minasi and Paolo Zuccheri) also highlight with acuity the rubbing that Bach used to spread his discourse. Striking, indeed. And the two concertos for three soloists (BWV 1057 and BWV 1044) exude similar beauties.


In the libretto, the Italian harpsichordist testifies that the musicians, during the recording session that preceded, only by a few hours, the strict lockdown of Italy in early March 2020, were no doubt already going through a period of doubt as to their professional and personal futures. Nevertheless, they were fully committed to the company, all of them then focused on celebrating the radiant power of the Leipzig Cantor's music. This will not escape anyone's attention.


A record that will quickly become one of your favourites! Let's hope that Corti continues with the multi-harpsichord concertos. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
I. Allegro
00:07:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

2
II. Adagio e piano sempre
00:06:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

3
III. Allegro
00:02:37

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
I. Allegro moderato
00:03:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

5
II. Largo
00:02:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

6
III. Presto
00:03:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

7
I. Allegro
00:06:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist - Andrés Locatelli, Artist - Alessandro Nasello, Artist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

8
II. Andante
00:02:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist - Andrés Locatelli, Artist - Alessandro Nasello, Artist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

9
III. Allegro assai
00:04:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist - Andrés Locatelli, Artist - Alessandro Nasello, Artist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

Triple Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

10
I. Allegro
00:08:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcello Gatti, Artist, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist - Evgeny Sviridov, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

11
II. Adagio ma tanto e dolce
00:06:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcello Gatti, Artist, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist - Evgeny Sviridov, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

12
III. Tempo di alla breve
00:06:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Marcello Gatti, Artist, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Ensemble, MainArtist - Francesco Corti, Artist, MainArtist - Evgeny Sviridov, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 PENTATONE (P) 2021 PENTATONE

Album Description

Few recent versions of Johann Sebastian Bach's difficult concertos for harpsichord(s) manifest such bubbling polyphonic vibrancy. The reduced size of il pomo d'oro, to one per section, probably had something to do with it, but the listening skill of each musician, the harmonic tension as well as the breathing in the phrasing infused by Francesco Corti, the simple beauty of the sound texture, rich with a thousand cleverly organised details, will remain the great heralds of this second volume.


Listen, for example, to the Largo of the BWV 1056, with its "pizzicatos"  strings, which here sound as much like heartbeats as stab wounds. And on this carpet of sound, the Italian harpsichordist rolls out a line with infinite horizons, with soberly tender curves. The Larghetto of the BWV 1054, rarely so poetic and expressive, bears definitive witness - often forgotten - to the fact that Johann Sebastian Bach was a lover of acoustics, and its corollary resonance. The members of il pomo d'oro (especially in the medium and low registers, namely Stefano Rossi, Ludovico Minasi and Paolo Zuccheri) also highlight with acuity the rubbing that Bach used to spread his discourse. Striking, indeed. And the two concertos for three soloists (BWV 1057 and BWV 1044) exude similar beauties.


In the libretto, the Italian harpsichordist testifies that the musicians, during the recording session that preceded, only by a few hours, the strict lockdown of Italy in early March 2020, were no doubt already going through a period of doubt as to their professional and personal futures. Nevertheless, they were fully committed to the company, all of them then focused on celebrating the radiant power of the Leipzig Cantor's music. This will not escape anyone's attention.


A record that will quickly become one of your favourites! Let's hope that Corti continues with the multi-harpsichord concertos. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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