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Topic: Bach keyboard concertos on piano  (Read 1662 times)

Offline Saturn

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Bach keyboard concertos on piano
on: June 27, 2004, 01:25:35 PM
One night, I was driving home, and was listening to the radio (NPR evening concert).

The piece which was on at the time was the D-minor keyboard concerto, by Bach.  The pianist was Richter.

Before this, I had only heard the Bach keyboard concertos performed on a harpsichord.  I'm not a purist by any means, but for some reason, hearing the piece played by a piano didn't sound quite right to me.  The instrument didn't seem to fit the music the way that the harpsichord does.

Did it just sound weird to me because I'm used to hearing the piece on a harpsichord?  Or was it Richter's playing?  Or do Bach's keyboard concertos always sound strange when performed on a piano?

Which pianists play these pieces the best?

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Re: Bach keyboard concertos on piano
Reply #1 on: June 27, 2004, 01:35:04 PM

I dislike Richter's Bach playing. (Although I like his Prokofiev the best)

Try Glenn Gould and Murray Perahia (I love their Bach, dislike pretty much everything else they play).

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Re: Bach keyboard concertos on piano
Reply #2 on: June 27, 2004, 02:42:09 PM
I'm in agreement with Bernhard.

I've heard Bach's keyboard concertoes and they sounded fine.  There was nothing weird about them.  But the pianists were Glenn Gould and Murray Perahia.  They are great at playing Bach and not much else.  Seriously, they suck at everything else. :P
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