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Introduction to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

By Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Concentus Musicus Wien

Introduction to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 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.

"I feel that the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto is the most modern of all. Bach did borrow quite a bit of Vivaldi in it, but it does remain the first clavier concerto in music history. I consciously say 'clavier' concerto, since back then every keyboard instrument was called a clavier. So let's call it a harpsichord concerto. But the idea of suddenly making a solo instrument out of an instrument that had been used in the ensemble only for the thoroughbass – I find that incredibly modern. This piece is no longer a concerto in which several soloists compete with each other and fight for preeminence. Here the harpsichord very clearly dominates. Bach played this part himself and must truly have felt like an emperor of music whose stature could be questioned by no one." (Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

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  • Directed by: Klaus Lindemann
  • Production date: 1982
  • Duration: 19 min
  • Production: © Unitel
  • Available version(s): EN
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