Concerto in C major

Concerto in C major

BWV 595 performed by Elske te Lindert
Bovenkerk, Kampen

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Bach used a work by his young patron as training in the Italian style

Johann Ernst IV, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, was almost fifteen when he went to study law in Utrecht. As a music-lover, he could really indulge himself in the Netherlands, where he rubbed shoulders, as it were, with one of the most important music printing presses of the world. There, he bought things like a copy of Vivaldi’s brand-new opus 3, L’Estro Armonico (Amsterdam, 1711), which Bach was later to use for his organ concertos BWV 594 and 596.

 Unfortunately, on his return to Weimar, Duke Johann Ernst did not have long to enjoy the arts of his extremely productive organist. Soon after leaving Utrecht, he developed a swelling on his leg that proved fatal in 1715, at the age of eighteen. In his own music – predominantly violin concertos – Johann Ernst was greatly inspired by Vivaldi. Telemann had heaped praise upon the noble composer when he was alive, and after his death he published a selection of his music. To be honest, though, the result paled a little alongside the Italian model. Johann Ernst’s rather schematic style concept is also reflected in Bach’s arrangement (BWV 595) of the Allegro from the Violin concerto in C major. Although the original concerto has been lost, Bach also made a complete arrangement for harpsichord, BWV 984. Despite all the repetition and the shrill harmonies, the concerto still has a festive effect, which is due to the fresh, bouncy theme and the hurried alternation between the great organ and the choir organ, which takes place far more than in any other work by Bach.

Concerto in C major
organ works
ca. 1714
Special notes
Arrangement of the first movement of a lost violin concerto by Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar. BWV 984 is an arrangement for harpsichord of the complete concerto.

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Organist Elske te Lindert

“I constantly jump from one manual to another. It's often a case of hoping for the best. It's great when you get it right.”

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  • Release date
    13 May 2016
  • Recording date
    1 October 2015
  • Location
    Bovenkerk, Kampen
  • Organist
    Elske te Lindert
  • Organ
    Albertus Antoni Hinsz, 1742
  • Film directors
    Jan Van den Bossche, Hanna Schreuders
  • Camera
    Maarten van Rossem, Gijs Besseling
  • Music production, editing and mix
    Guido Tichelman
  • Film editor
    Gijs Besseling
  • Producer
    Jessie Verbrugh

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