FOUR CONCERTOS FOR HARPSICHORDS AND ORCHESTRA. Vinyl. December 1962. [.mp3] [Plus full score in .pdf format]
Fritz Neumeyer - Lily Berger - Konrad Burr - IIse Urbuteit. (harpsichords)
Chamber orchestra of the Sarre under the direction of Karl Ristenpart.
SIDE ONE: Concerto in c minor for two Harpsichords.
1 Vivace-largo ma non tanto-Allegro.
2 Largo ma non tanto
Concerto in D minor for three harpsichords:
SIDE TWO: Concerto in C major for three Harpsichords.
Concerto in A minor for four Harpsichords (transcribed from Vivaldi):
There is no more extraordinary sound in the musical repertory than that of the strange multiple-harpsichord concerti composed or transcribed by Bach in the early 1730's for the meetings of the Telemann Society in Leipzig.
The purring, velvety touch of many fingers, the plucking of dozens of quills upon hundreds of silvery wires produces a curiously even sheen of sound. A tapestried effect that is immeasurably rich yet utterly luminescent.
The Concerto in C major(side two) is a magnificent work. It has been called the "Jupiter", The "Great C Major" of the Bach concerti. Not a passage is buried too deep to hear, not a harmony is blurred by counterpoint. In sheer complexity and thickness of texture there is not another work to compare with this in the history of successful performance.