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Introduction to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046

By Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Concentus Musicus Wien

Introduction to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 By Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Concentus Musicus Wien

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Bach, those two names who fit perfectly together meet again here for the complete Brandenburg Concerto.

"It is very unusual that a three-movement Baroque concerto should suddenly give way to a four-movement piece, as is the case here. In my opinion, this has medical reasons: the audiences of the Baroque era were much more passionate listeners, they were more deeply moved by what they heard, and I think that Bach wanted to calm the listener with a little suite after this exciting third movement. The First Brandenburg Concerto is the one with the largest orchestral scoring, and the orchestra shows up a few peculiarities with respect to the instruments used: it is one of the first pieces in which the bassoon is treated as a solo instrument. In the first movement the hunting horns (immediately recognizable as such) are introduced into art music, and this movement is one of Bach's most refined little pieces altogether. Then he uses a 'violino piccolo', a little violin – not to be confused with a child's violin – which sounds a lot cheekier than its big sister." (Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

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  • Directed by:
    • Klaus Lindemann
  • Production date: 1982
  • Duration: 23 min
  • Production: © Unitel
  • Available version(s): EN
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