Concerto in D major

Concerto in D major

BWV 972 performed by Richard Egarr
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

  • Menu
  • 1. [...]
  • 2. Larghetto
  • 3. Allego

Behind the music

Extra videos
Extra videos

A personal twist

Bach couldn’t resist adding something of himself as well

In 1713, Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar returned from the Netherlands full of enthusiasm. He had heard lots of good music and brought back many new music publications to Weimar. His enthusiasm was shared by Johann Sebastian Bach, who was 28 at the time and working at Weimar as court organist and chamber musician. Sometimes on commission from Johann Ernst and sometimes of his own accord, he arranged a great number of concertos from Italy for organ or harpsichord. And when Bach arranged something, or rather rewrote it, he couldn’t resist giving it a personal twist. This was also the case with this Concerto in D major, a harpsichord version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major for violin and orchestra, RV 230 (concert no. 9 from Vivaldi’s collection L’estro armonico). Harpsichordist Richard Egarr explains, for example, how Bach added an interesting part for the left hand in the third movement, and how in the first movement he fitted a whole string orchestra onto one harpsichord, while also making the music more appropriate for keyboard.

Concerto in D major
harpsichord works
Special notes
Transcription of a concerto by Vivaldi (RV 230)

Extra videos

Harpsichordist Richard Egarr

“Bach didn't just make 'simple' transcriptions, neither in this original solo concerto by Vivaldi. There 's always something new and different about them.”

Vocal texts




  • Release date
    17 September 2020
  • Recording date
    11 May 2018
  • Location
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Harpsichordist
    Richard Egarr
  • Harpsichord
    Johannes Ruckers, 1640
  • Director and editor
    Bas Wielenga
  • Music recording
    Guido Tichelman, Bastiaan Kuijt, Pim van der Lee
  • Music edit and mix
    Guido Tichelman
  • Camera
    Ramon de Boer, Tim van der Voort, Bart Krimp
  • Lights
    Zen Bloot, Henry Rodgers
  • Camera-assistant/grip
    Robin Noort
  • Assistant director
    Ferenc Soeteman
  • Set technique
    Alex de Gier
  • Data handling
    Kira Falticeau
  • Project manager videobrix
    Peter Hazenberg
  • Interview
    Onno van Ameijde, Marloes Biermans
  • Producer concert
    Imke Deters
  • Producer film
    Jessie Verbrugh

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