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Francesco Corti|Bach: Harpsichord Concertos Part II

Bach: Harpsichord Concertos Part II

Francesco Corti, il pomo d'oro

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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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1
Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054: I. Allegro
00:07:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

2
Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054: II. Larghetto
00:06:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

3
Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054: III. Allegro ma non troppo
00:02:37

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

4
Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: I. Allegro moderato
00:03:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

5
Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo
00:02:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

6
Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: III. Presto
00:03:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

7
Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057: I. Allegro
00:06:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

8
Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057: II. Andante
00:02:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

9
Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057: III. Allegro assai
00:04:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

10
Triple Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1044: I. Allegro
00:08:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

11
Triple Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1044: II. Larghetto
00:06:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

12
Triple Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1044: III. Allegro ma non tanto
00:06:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jean-Daniel Noir, Producer - Francesco Corti, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Pentatone Music B.V. 2021 Lido Productions Ltd

Album review

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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