Out of the Shadows

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos recorded in a room that Bach would have known and played in

Collegium 1704 in Hall of Mirrors at Köthen Castle, photo Emilian Tsubaki
Collegium 1704 in Hall of Mirrors at Köthen Castle, photo Emilian Tsubaki

2021 was the 300th anniversary of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, works that he wrote/arranged whilst working for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen, in Köthen, and which Bach sent to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in the hope of getting a further rung up the musical ladder (reader, the ploy failed and Bach's presentation manuscript of the concertos simply sat in a library). 

Most of the concertos in the set are based on ones that Bach had already written, so it is highly appropriate that for their new recording of the concertos, Prague-based period instrument ensemble Collegium 1704 and conductor Václav Luks recorded them in the Hall of Mirrors at Köthen Castle, a room that Bach would have known and undoubtedly played in.

The concertos are being released next month on DVD by Accentus.

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