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Introduction to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051

By Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Concentus Musicus Wien

Introduction to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 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.

"Bach made a gift of the manuscript of these concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg, and in this manuscript this concerto is the last and that is why it is called the Sixth Brandenburg Concerto. But it could also have been the first of these concertos, which Bach had all written in Cöthen. Among musicologists, it is considered as the most traditional, but I am not at all of this opinion. What is sensational in this piece is its use of instruments, since the only solo strings used in the Baroque era were essentially the extroverted violins of Italy or the introverted gambas of France and England. That Bach wrote a concerto for two solo violas, the proletarian among the instruments, the one who never gets to play a solo – that was a social revolution among the instruments." (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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