Bach: Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044; Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060; Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052

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COMPOSERS: Bach
LABELS: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Baroque Esprit
WORKS: Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044; Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060; Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
PERFORMER: Franzjosef Maier (vln), Barthold Kuijken (flute), Helmut Hucke (ob), Bob van Asperen, Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord); Collegium Aureum
CATALOGUE NO: 05472 77412 2 ADD (1974-75)
These mid-Seventies recordings, from the early years of the period-instrument performance, are sadly bereft of sparkle and vivacity. The solos are workmanlike but rarely sound inspired and there are only flashes of a real rapport in the double and triple concertos. These occur in the slow movements, where Bach’s exquisite music appears to lift the players – at least temporarily – to a higher level of involvement. The Collegium Aureum also sounds rather wishy-washy, even lugubrious at times, in BWV 1052, though it is not helped by a soft-focus sound that often reduces the continuo to a dull thud. Graham Lock

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