Concerto: Works for one & two harpsichords

Floral design

Guillermo Brachetta, Menno van Delft
resonus RES10189
J S Bach: BWV971, 1061a; W F Bach: Concerto in G; C H Graun: Concerto in A

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or me, this doesn’t get off to the greatest start with an Italian Concert o first movement that is perhaps just a shade slow and longer on rhetoric than rhythm. This general style of interpretation seems better suited to the rococo frills of Graun and W. F. Bach, whose music is both charming and charmingly played. The highlight of the programme is the exuberant and no-holds-barred performance of J. S. B.’s C major double concerto in which the players both inspire and steady each other, making sensible use of their instruments’ resources to enhance the inbuilt contrasts still further. For what it’s worth, I enjoyed the programme most in the order Graun, J. S. B. in F, W.F.B, J.S.B. in C. The booklet tells you what you need to know, but only in English.

David Hansell

Performance 4*
Recorded Sound 4.5*
Booklet Notes 3*
Overall Presentation 4*