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Discussion: Bach: Keyboard Concertos 1 - Hewitt/ACO

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Post by zeus August 6, 2005 (1 of 34)

Post by aoqd22 August 6, 2005 (2 of 34)
I have acquired vol 1 & 2 and IMHO these are wonderful well recorded performances. I grew up thinking Bach should be placed firmly in the dull boring up-and-down music bracket. These sparkling performances are not at all like this!

Post by mdt August 6, 2005 (3 of 34)
Have this recording and like it very much, wonderfull, lively playing and great piano sound. The use of a cembalo in adition to the piano for the continuo seems somewhat strange alltough, i'm uncertain what to think about it.

Post by Beagle August 6, 2005 (4 of 34)
mdt said:
The use of a cembalo in adition to the piano for the continuo seems somewhat strange alltough, i'm uncertain what to think about it.

Likewise! I broached exactly that question elsewhere, but nobody took the bait. I don't insist that harpsichord pieces be played on harpsichord BUT having both h'd and piano made the latter sound anachronistic, at least on 1st audit. I guess I've got used to it already now, but I can't say I like it. It is obvious from Hewitt's notes that she had to think twice on this one; my pref would've been to have Hewitt play harpsichord throughout the piece.

Post by aoqd22 August 7, 2005 (5 of 34)
Beagle said:

Likewise! I broached exactly that question elsewhere, but nobody took the bait. I don't insist that harpsichord pieces be played on harpsichord BUT having both h'd and piano made the latter sound anachronistic, at least on 1st audit. I guess I've got used to it already now, but I can't say I like it. It is obvious from Hewitt's notes that she had to think twice on this one; my pref would've been to have Hewitt play harpsichord throughout the piece.

A comment in the Hewitt's sleeve notes relating to the 2nd movt of the Brandenburg Conc 5 may provide us with a clue ... "there is need for a continuo group to accompany the flute & violin when the keyboard is not playing as a soloist. Normally, of course, the harpsichordist would do both but here we have used both instruments to clearly separate those passages".

One other thing just a bit off topic - if I was in a position to finance a future Hyperion recording project I would be suggesting Hewitt tackles the Beethoven piano concertos!

Post by wolfE August 7, 2005 (6 of 34)
Any information whether PCM or DSD recording?

Post by zeus August 7, 2005 (7 of 34)
wolfE said:

Any information whether PCM or DSD recording?

I think both discs are likely PCM. They were recorded by Audite's Ludger Böckenhoff, as are most of Hewitt's discs. As recordings, they're much more satisfactory than the live performance I heard earlier in the year. Highly recommended!

Post by wolfE August 8, 2005 (8 of 34)
zeus said:

I think both discs are likely PCM. They were recorded by Audite's Ludger Böckenhoff, as are most of Hewitt's discs. As recordings, they're much more satisfactory than the live performance I heard earlier in the year. Highly recommended!

Zeus, thank you for the information!

Post by mdt August 8, 2005 (9 of 34)
zeus said:

I think both discs are likely PCM. They were recorded by Audite's Ludger Böckenhoff, as are most of Hewitt's discs. As recordings, they're much more satisfactory than the live performance I heard earlier in the year. Highly recommended!

What wasn't good about the live performance ? Can't imagine Hewitt changing her interptretation completely for the recordings. Were all the forces the same ?

Post by zeus August 8, 2005 (10 of 34)
mdt said:

What wasn't good about the live performance ? Can't imagine Hewitt changing her interptretation completely for the recordings. Where all the forces the same ?

You can read my review of the live performance (at least the one I attended) here:

/showthread/5040/5062/y#5062

Simply put, the recordings are more satisfactory from both a performing and acoustic balance.

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