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Johann Sebastian Bach. Complete Harpsichord Concertos

Academic journal article Notes

Johann Sebastian Bach. Complete Harpsichord Concertos

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Johann Sebastian Bach. Complete Harpsichord Concertos. Kenneth Gilbert; Lars Ulrik Mortensen; Nicholas Kraemer; Trevor Pinnock; English Concert/Pinnock. Archly 289 471 754-2, 2002.

Handel, George Friderich. Complete Organ Concertos. Simon Preston; Ursula Holliger; English Concert/ Trevor Pinnock. Archiv 289 469 358-2, 2002.

In 2002, the Deutsche Grammophon label began an aggressive reissue campaign, releasing recordings from its back catalog, along with some content that had not previously been available in the United States, in two- and three-disc sets at budget price. (At the same time, it also initiated the mid-priced Archly Blue series, which focused specifically on older recordings from its early music imprint.) Among the three-disc sets, which are marketed under the series title "Trio," are two which are especially worth noting: the complete organ concertos of Handel and the complete harpsichord concertos of Bach, both programs performed by the English Concert with various soloists under the direction of Trevor Pinnock. These were recorded in the early 1980s, and the sound quality stands up nicely to the best modern classical recordings; all of the Bach concertos and most of the Handel concertos were recorded digitally, and although that is far from an ironclad guarantee of attractive sound, in this case sharp resolution is nicely balanced with a warm and comfortable acoustic. …

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