J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041; Carla Moore & Voices of Music , Allegro 4K UHD
The opening movement of Bach's concerto for violin, strings and continuo BWV 1041, performed on original instruments by the San Francisco Early Music ensemble Voices of Music, with soloist Carla Moore. Live, 4K video from the Bach, Biber & Buxtehude concert, March, 2013.
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A. As instruments became modernized in the 19th century, builders and players tended to focus on the volume of sound and the stability of tuning. Modern steel strings replaced the older materials, and instruments were often machine made. Historical instruments, built individually by hand and with overall lighter construction, have extremely complex overtones—which we find delightful. Modern instruments are of course perfectly suited to more modern music.
Q. Why is the pitch lower, or higher?
A. Early Music performance uses many different pitches, and these pitches create different tone colors on the instruments. See https://goo.gl/pVBNAC
Bach's concerto presents a composer who can balance a variety of interrelated themes while still maintaining the basic framework of the concerto form, fashioning traditional ritornellos and episodes with tightly-knit motives. The parallel development of the thematic material foreshadows elements of the Classical Sonata form which would be further developed by C.P.E. Bach and other composers.
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The musicians and their instruments
Carla Moore, baroque violin by Johann Georg Thir, Vienna, Austria, 1754
Maxine Nemerovski, baroque violin by Timothy Johnson, Indiana, 1999 (after Stradivarius)
Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin by Andrea Guarneri, Cremona, 1660
(courtesy Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Period Instrument Trust)
Kati Kyme, baroque violin by Johann Gottlob Pfretzschner, Mittenwald, 1791
Lisa Grodin, baroque viola by Mathias Eberl, Salzburg, Austria, 1680
William Skeen, five string baroque cello, Anonymous, Italy, c1680
Farley Pearce, violone by George Stoppani, Manchester, 1985, after Amati, 1560
David Tayler, archlute by Andreas von Holst, Munich, 2012
after Magno Tieffenbrucker, Venice, c1610
Hanneke van Proosdij, baroque organ by Winold van der Putten, Finsterwolde,
Netherlands, 2004, after early 18th century northern German instruments
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