Bach, JS (1685–1750)
Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr director & harpsichord
Catalogue: HMU 807461.62
£12 plus p&p
About this album
Long neglected on a library shelf in Brandenburg Castle, these six "Concertos for several instruments" have since become some of the best-known works in the classical repertoire for their musical inventiveness and their games of mathematical symmetry. Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music have endeavoured to return to the original "chamber" conception of the works, with one player per part.
"Sinuous violin and flute solos (Rachel Brown and Pavlo Beznosiuk) and a harpsichord cadenza (Richard Egarr) of such blissfully hyperactive flamboyance that it makes me laugh out loud."