Sonya Bach Plays J.s. Bach
A virtuoso harpsichordist and organist, it is remarkable that J.S. Bach composed only one original work for keyboard and orchestra. The fifth Brandenburg Concerto, with its huge sixty-five bar cadenza in the first movement, created the blueprint for all piano concertos that followed. However, Bach the great arranger mined his other concertos to create seven more keyboard works (No.6, omitted here, is for keyboard, flutes and strings). Bach performed these concertos at social gatherings of the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig, directing from the keyboard. This program from Korean pianist Sonya Bach and the English Chamber Orchestra showcases not only Bach's ability as a player, but also the composer's genius as an arranger.