Oboe concerto in D minor

Oboe concerto in D minor

BWV 1059r performed by Rodrigo López Paz
and the Netherlands Bach Society
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

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  • Movement 1
  • Movement 2
  • Movement 3

Behind the music


An unknown work

This oboe concerto was created on the basis of nine bars by Bach

A work by Bach presumably unknown to many – for us too - as Bach left behind only a very brief sketch of this concerto, of just nine bars. However, these nine bars do correspond to another piece: the ‘Sinfonia’ of the cantata Geist und Seele wird verwirret (BWV 35). And that gives us a clue. For a cantata, BWV 35 has the unusual form of a concerto. Equally unusual is the fact that the organ performs as a solo instrument throughout the whole piece. So we suspect that Bach had arranged one of his own concertos here – and this nine-bar fragment supports that suspicion. But the question remains of which instrument originally played the melody lines that were given to the organ in Geist und Seele. The oboe and the flute are the most likely candidates, and here we have opted for the former instrument.

So this gives us the first movement of a new concerto. And a third movement is soon found too, as further on in Geist und Seele we come across another instrumental piece, once again for obligato organ. So then we just have to find a middle movement. In this reconstruction, we have opted for the famous Adagio from the oboe concerto by Alessandro Marcello, which is an audience favourite nowadays, but was also greatly admired by Bach, who made a transcription for solo harpsichord (BWV 974). The ornamentation that he wrote out meticulously is deliberately used here by the oboist.

Oboe concerto in D minor
orchestral works
Special notes
This concerto is a reconstruction of an oboe concerto, based on cantate BWV 35 and the Adagio from the oboe concerto of Alessandro Marcello.

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  • Release date
    6 June 2024
  • Recording date
    4 October 2023
  • Location
    TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
  • Oboe
    Rodrigo López Paz
  • Violin 1
    Bojan Čičić, Lidewij van der Voort
  • Violin 2
    Lucia Giraudo, Pieter Affourtit
  • Viola
    Femke Huizinga, Isabel Franenberg
  • Cello
    Lucia Swarts, Barbara Kernig
  • Double bass
    Hen Goldsobel
  • Bassoon
    Benny Aghassi
  • Harpsichord
    Siebe Henstra
  • Director and editor
    Bas Wielenga
  • Music recording
    Guido Tichelman, Pim van der Lee, Lilita Dunska, Chris Everts
  • Music edit and mix
    Guido Tichelman
  • Camera
    Onno van Ameijde, Rieks Soepenberg, Carrien Dijkstra, Martine Rozema
  • Camera assistant
    Merijn Stojansek
  • Lights
    Ernst-Jan Thieme
  • Assistant director
    Ferenc Soeteman
  • Assistant music recording
    Marloes Biermans
  • Producer concert
    Stephan Esmeijer
  • Producer film
    Wietske Hovingh
  • With support from
    Aatop ICT
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