Bach Harpsichord Concertos 1,2,3

Marcin Swiatkiewicz

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

Musical works of genius are sometimes approached as museum exhibits, and the controversies concerning interpretative freedom can even be more fierce than Scheibe’s famous polemic with Bach’s advocate Birnbaum. Full of respect for the Composer’s artistic ideas as I am, I try to understand his music in the context of a time when improvisation was universally practised. The wealth, complexity and refinement of the notation make this task more difficult, but important clues are provided by the study of versions that usually differ in these very aspects, namely – texture and ornamentation. I made up my mind to look for my own embellishments, especially in those sections that are repeated da capo, but also in the brief cadenzas. My partners in this project adopted a similar stance. We believe that this approach is closer to the Composer’s own intention than a literal reading of the score. It provides for a fuller understanding of the music and for a greater freedom of expression.  

– Marcin Swiatkiewicz, harpsichord

Tracklist

1.
Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor - Allegro
07:23
2.
Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor - Adagio
05:50
3.
Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor - Allegro
08:09
4.
Harpsichord Concerto in E Major - No tempo markings
07:33
5.
Harpsichord Concerto in E Major - Siciliano
04:09
6.
Harpsichord Concerto in E Major - Allegro
06:13
7.
Harpsichord Concerto in D Major - No tempo markings
08:01
8.
Harpsichord Concerto in D Major - Adagio e piano sempre
05:08
9.
Harpsichord Concerto in D Major - Allegro
02:32

Total time: 00:54:58

Additional information

Label

SKU

40418

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Genres

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Cables

Van Den Hul

Digital Converters

DSD Super Audio / Horus

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

NOSPR, Katowice, Poland

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256

Speakers

Grimm Audio LS1

Release Date August 17, 2018

Press reviews

Klassieke Zaken

(…) Hij (Marcin Swiatkiewicz) weet de luisteraar compleet te overdonderen met zijn
krachtige dwingende spel (…) bovenaards goed spel (…)

Polityka (Polish Magazine)

This is a true musical partnership, derived entirely from the Baroque spirit. As the
soloist says, the idea was to show these works in their historical context, when
improvisation was a universal skill. His playing demonstrates it perfectly, exploding
with virtuosic cascades of sounds, full of freedom and sometimes also rhythmical.
The whole album, full of brilliance and positive energy, allows the new fresh look at
seemingly well-known pieces.

Gramophone

Charlotte Gardner
“First impressions aren’t of a lean chamber sound at all: its crispness comes so very
glowingly warm and full-textured. Yet you can also hear every musician – good news
when the ensemble is topped by Il Pomo d’Oro concertmaster Zefira Valova and
underpinned by Tomasz Pokrzywi?ski, Arte dei Suonatori and Holland Baroque’s
principal cellist – and there’s no question that the sound’s strikingly light-footed,
flowing and liberated quality is the reward of gifting such a crack team of period
specialists complete autonomy over their individual parts “

Opus Klassiek

Aart van der Wal

(…) Wat de uitvoering betreft hoeft – en zeker niet in deze bescheiden bezetting – niet naar andere uitgaven te worden omgezien, want deze staat als een huis. De techniek is volmaakt, de spiritualiteit laat de toehoorder geen moment in de steek, de tempi zijn goed gekozen (ook in de twee delen zonder tempoaanduiding), de plasticiteit en transparantie zijn boven iedere kritiek verheven. Het resultaat is – hoe kan het anders – uitgesproken muzikantesk en daarmee precies datgene wat deze bruisende concerten nodig hebben. (…)

Nederlands Dagblad

Roel Sikkema

(…) kleinschalige, heldere uitvoering (…) De vijf musici maken er prachtige muziek van. (…)

De Gelderlander

Maarten-Jan Dongelmans

(…) Dat het spel van Swiatkiewicz zo in het zonnetje wordt gezet, is meer dan terecht. Allereerst is daar de soepele techniek. Het passagewerk staat als een huis. De klavecinist verstaat daarbij de kunst om het niet te mechanisch te laten klinken. (…) feestelijke barokmuziek, afgestoft en sprankelend als nooit tevoren.

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