Cembalo Concertos: BWV 1052, BWV 1053, BWV 1056, BWV 1054

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Diego Fasolis, Diego Fasolis
Solist: Francesco Cera
Orchestra: I Barocchisti
Genre: Concert
Label: SACD
Booklet with lyrics/libretto: no
CDs / Unit: 1
Cat-Nr.: 47729-8
Total Time: 68:15
Recording Date: 10-13.07.2005 & 15.01.2008
Technology: Hybrid: 5+1 surround and stereo high resolution (DSD technique) + stereo CD layer
Release Date: 01.09.2008



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The Cembalo Concertos BWV 1052-1056 from Johann Sebastian Bach presented on this CD were presumably written in the year 1738. One important feature of the four harpsichord concerts is that a majority of its movements are revisions (i.e. parodies) of other compositions.

Bach, who as one of the first composers at all, used the harpsichord as concert solo instrument, enters the crossroads between classical general bass and the establishment of the piano as concert instrument, which was to become the most favoured solo concert instrument until the end of the 18th century.

For the ARTS recording on hand the soloist Francesco Cera was won, who is one of the leading early music specialists of Italy. He is greatly admired as a performer for his extensive knowledge of styles and different musical expressions. Francesco Cera is particularly well-known for his performances of 17th century harpsichord and organ music. In the present recording he is accompanied by the renown ensemble ''I Barocchisti'', which commits itself to the performance of forgotten baroque works. Under the leadership of Diego Fasolis and together with the ''Coro della Radio Svizzera'', they have recorded numerous concerts and discs on ARTS that were awarded international prizes.

Look forward to four outstanding Cembalo Concertos of the baroque era and enjoy the unique sound in the multichannel Hybrid SACD format.

Table of MP3 Tracks

No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 1
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1052 in D minor
07.37 2,00 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1052 in D minor
06.07 2,00 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1052 in D minor
08.10 2,00 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1053 in E major
08.22 2,00 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1053 in E major
04.55 0,99 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1053 in E major
06.56 2,00 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1056 in F minor
03.30 0,99 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1056 in F minor
02.35 0,99 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1056 in F minor
03.38 0,99 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1054 in D major
07.37 2,00 €
Adagio E Piano Sempre
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1054 in D major
05.41 2,00 €
Cembalo Concerto BWV 1054 in D major
02.56 0,99 €


Turok's Choice, February 2010 (01.02.2010)

Bach's four harpsichord concertos (...) are well played by Francesco Cera with I Barocchisti (Fasolis).Even in normal stereo, let alone the two-channel and Surround SACDs, this recording allows the harpsichord to be heard at all times.

Muzyka21, December 2009 (01.12.2009)

5 Stars

Fanfare, May/June 2009 (31.05.2009)

I recommend this new series with enthusiasm (...). (Steven E. Ritter)

American Record Guide, May/June 2009 (31.05.2009)

This is magical. More of a participant than a solist in these pieces, harpsichordist Cera is a receptive and generous player. The music moves through him like a spirit, and he comunicates the humility and piety under the surface of these virtuoso works. The Italian genius is evident in the strings, vocal in the style with bright vowels and plenty of dramatic gesture. First rate music-making. (Katz)

CD Compact (01.01.2009)

(Maribel Carracedo)

Musica, December 2008/January 2009 (31.12.2008)

4 Stars (Marco Bizzarini)

Audiophile Audition (28.11.2008)

Best Of The Year Discs for 2008.

As Gary Lemco reported on that earlier effort, this is a disc for the Bach audiophile. I can’t think of any early keyboard concertos for which performance on the instrument for which they were written is more important than the Bach concertos. (John Sunier)

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klassik.com (27.10.2008)

Interpretation: 5 Stars, Sound Quality: 5 Stars. Splendid interpretation. The Italian harpsichordist Francesco Cera (...) shows himself as a master of this intermediate position: he acts lively, virtuosic, develops strength and energy, but also articulates finely and works out little nuances. Cera freely and expansively expands the potential of the instrument at the limit of basso continuo and actual soloistic use. He is supported by the trimly cast but nevertheless strong-sounding orchestra: The instrumentalists act resiliently, percussively and organize themselves to greatly focused registers. The brilliant interpretation lives on the active and highly differentiated articulation of all involved. This is also largely structured by the perfectly balanced and very plastic sound - the movement is raised and also at the same time is focused and organized. A very successful (...) production. (Dr. Matthias Lange)

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MDR Figaro, Take 5 (08.09.2008)

(...) especially in the Italian harpsichord music, Cera feels comfortable like a fish in the water (...). (Michael Kullmann)

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