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Introduction to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049

By Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Concentus Musicus Wien

Introduction to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 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.

"This concerto is generally considered as a genuine triple concerto for violin and two flutes. In my opinion, it is purely a violin concerto, and the most virtuoso one Bach ever wrote. Musicologists always had their problems with the two flutes. Bach designated them as 'Flauti d'echo', and there have been all kinds of theories as to what instruments he could have meant. No one thought of looking for the explanation in the music itself. Bach always uses the term 'flauto' for the recorder, and 'd'echo' means nothing else than that the two recorders leave their seats in the orchestra in the slow movement, which is built around an echo effect, and play from another point in the room or outside of it, but in any case from a distance. Strong evidence supporting this theory is found at the beginning of the last movement, where the tutti plays without the recorders, so as to give them enough time to get back to their seats. "(Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

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  • Directed by: Klaus Lindemann
  • Production date: 1982
  • Duration: 13 min
  • Production: © Unitel
  • Available version(s): EN
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