Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for harpsichord, 2 recorders, strings & continuo No. 6 in F major, BWV 1057

    Description by Blair Johnston

    Like each of J.S. Bach's other harpsichord concertos, excepting perhaps one, the Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F major, BWV 1057 is actually a transcription of an earlier concerto conceived for one of the more traditional concerto solo instruments. When Bach made these transcriptions in the 1730s, the keyboard was a newcomer to the concerto scene. Many of the original source works for the harpsichord concertos have been lost, but the one arranged for keyboard use in BWV 1057 is alive and quite well -- for it is none other than the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major that Bach has reused, transposing the music down a whole step and recasting the original solo violin part for keyboard. The structure of the music remains unchanged in the harpsichord version (and the two important obbligato recorders are still present), but Bach has done much more than simply adapt the solo violin part to make it better fall under the keyboardist's fingers -- he has completely rewritten the part. A great deal of music exists in the solo part where none existed before (the harpsichordist must play where, in the Brandenburg Concerto, the violinist rests), and the textures and figurations of the part are, quite naturally, a great deal richer. In the second movement, Andante, the scoring has been changed noticeably to allow the harpsichordist to take over music originally given to the two recorders; where, in Brandenburg No. 4, the recorders were part of the solo group, here they are members of the ripieno. The finale, marked Presto in Brandenburg No. 4, is now an Allegro assai.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Andante
    3. Allegro assai

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Supraphon SU 42222
    2017 BIS BIS 2235
    2016 Brilliant Classics 95303BR
    2015 Harmonia Mundi HMA 1951876
    2015 Harmonia Mundi HMC 90218182
    2014 Genuin GEN 14323
    2013 Warner Classics 2564636869
    2013 Warner Classics 540884
    2012 Brilliant Classics 94421
    2012 Linn Records CKD 410
    2012 Newton Classics 8802186
    2012 Naxos 8501061
    2012 Sony Classical 88691912562
    2011 Archiv Produktion 4779510
    2011 Archiv Produktion
    2011 Brilliant Classics 93578
    2011 Centaur Records 3067
    2011 Sony Classical 88697742912
    2011 Masterworks / Sony Classical 88697824292
    2010 Brilliant Classics 94050
    2010 Decca
    2010 Decca 4782363
    2010 Decca
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Plectra Music 20901
    2008 Erato / Virgin 5099952200
    2008 Virgin Veritas
    2007 Elatus
    2007 CPO 777248
    2007 EMI Classics
    2007 EMI Classics 00948
    2007 Apex
    2007 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 0946381482
    2007 Cascade Records 2100
    2006 Brilliant 93102
    2006 Brilliant 99697
    2006 Hyperion CDA67607/8
    2005 Hyperion CDA67308
    2005 Hyperion SACDA67308
    2005 CD Accord 127
    2005 Delos 3359
    2004 Elatus 4603292
    2004 Berlin Classics 0013432BC
    2003 Naïve 20011
    2003 Sony Music Distribution 87890
    2002 Harmonia Mundi HMU90 7283/4
    2002 Archiv Produktion 471754
    2002 Sony Classical 89690
    2002 Sony Classical 89690
    2002 Haenssler 92571
    2001 Virgin 561716
    2001 Supraphon 3569
    2001 Teldec 81219
    2000 Naxos 554608
    2000 Naxos 8508005
    2000 Archiv Produktion 463 725-2AB5
    2000 Opus 111 2018
    2000 Haenssler 92128
    2000 Angel Records 73641
    2000 Disques Pierre Verany 730075
    1999 Teldec 25705
    1999 Teldec 25704
    1999 Chandos 636
    1999 EMI Classics 5651742
    1999 Teldec 3984-25717-2
    1998 Concord CCD42050
    1998 Decca 4600312
    1997 Erato 0630161662
    1997 Opus 111 30153
    1997 Philips 456 377-2PB9
    1996 Carlton 670069
    1996 MDG 3090681
    1996 Philips 454268
    1996 Naxos 553505
    1995 Teldec 97452
    1995 Teldec 97473
    1994 Naxos 550423
    1993 Laserlight 14135
    1993 Sony Music Distribution 53243
    1993 Erato 91930
    1993 Laserlight 15932
    1992 Vox 3018
    1990 London 425676
    1986 Archiv Produktion 415992
    Brilliant 93102-VOL1
    Brilliant 99701
    Teldec 43116
    EMI Music Distribution 4571
    Supraphon 110615
    EMI Music Distribution 65174
    Teldec 74779
    IMP Classics 864
    Brilliant 99701/7
    Brilliant / Brilliant Classics 935787
    Brilliant 93102/7
    Erato 45545
    CBS Records 45616
    Harmonia Mundi HMC901876
    Cascade Records 2140