Bach Harpsichord Concertos 1,2,3 (2018)

Bach

Marcin Swiatkiewicz

Musical works of genius are sometimes approached as museum exhibits, and the controversies concerning interpretative freedom can even be more fierce than Scheibe’s famous polemic with Bach’s advocate Birnbaum. Full of respect for the Composer’s artistic ideas as I am, I try to understand his music in the context of a time when improvisation was universally practised. The wealth, complexity and refinement of the notation make this task more difficult, but important clues are provided by the study of versions that usually differ in these very aspects, namely – texture and ornamentation. I made up my mind to look for my own embellishments, especially in those sections that are repeated da capo, but also in the brief cadenzas. My partners in this project adopted a similar stance. We believe that this approach is closer to the Composer’s own intention than a literal reading of the score. It provides for a fuller understanding of the music and for a greater freedom of expression.  

- Marcin Swiatkiewicz, harpsichord

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Marcin Swiatkiewicz

Marcin Swiatkiewicz is one of the foremost Polish harpsichord players of a young generation, appreciated equally in solo and chamber music repertoire and known for his inventive basso continuo realisations. He is a versatile musician whose interest apart from historical keyboard instruments is directed towards improvisation and composition. Marcin specializes in performing on harpsichord, clavichord, historical piano and organ. As soloist and chamber musician Marcin appears in concert halls in Europe, both Americas and Asia collaborating with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque, Divino Sospiro (Enrico Onofri), Capella Cracoviensis, Arte dei Suonatori, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna and the Scroll Ensemble. He participated in major festivals such as Göttingen Handel Festspiele, Festival de Radio France Montpelier, Wratislavia Cantans, bbc Baroque Spring, Kings Place’s Bach Unwrapped series.

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Bach Harpsichord Concertos 1,2,3 (2018)

Bach

Marcin Swiatkiewicz

    Klassieke Zaken

(...) Hij (Marcin Swiatkiewicz) weet de luisteraar compleet te overdonderen met zijn krachtige dwingende spel (...) bovenaards goed spel (...)

    Polityka (Polish Magazine)

This is a true musical partnership, derived entirely from the Baroque spirit. As the soloist says, the idea was to show these works in their historical context, when improvisation was a universal skill. His playing demonstrates it perfectly, exploding with virtuosic cascades of sounds, full of freedom and sometimes also rhythmical. The whole album, full of brilliance and positive energy, allows the new fresh look at seemingly well-known pieces.

    Gramophone

Charlotte Gardner “First impressions aren’t of a lean chamber sound at all: its crispness comes so very glowingly warm and full-textured. Yet you can also hear every musician – good news when the ensemble is topped by Il Pomo d’Oro concertmaster Zefira Valova and underpinned by Tomasz Pokrzywi?ski, Arte dei Suonatori and Holland Baroque’s principal cellist – and there’s no question that the sound’s strikingly light-footed, flowing and liberated quality is the reward of gifting such a crack team of period specialists complete autonomy over their individual parts “

    Opus Klassiek

Aart van der Wal (…) Wat de uitvoering betreft hoeft - en zeker niet in deze bescheiden bezetting - niet naar andere uitgaven te worden omgezien, want deze staat als een huis. De techniek is volmaakt, de spiritualiteit laat de toehoorder geen moment in de steek, de tempi zijn goed gekozen (ook in de twee delen zonder tempoaanduiding), de plasticiteit en transparantie zijn boven iedere kritiek verheven. Het resultaat is - hoe kan het anders - uitgesproken muzikantesk en daarmee precies datgene wat deze bruisende concerten nodig hebben. (…)

Aart van der Wal[read full review]

    Nederlands Dagblad

Roel Sikkema (…) kleinschalige, heldere uitvoering (…) De vijf musici maken er prachtige muziek van. (…)

    De Gelderlander

Maarten-Jan Dongelmans (…) Dat het spel van Swiatkiewicz zo in het zonnetje wordt gezet, is meer dan terecht. Allereerst is daar de soepele techniek. Het passagewerk staat als een huis. De klavecinist verstaat daarbij de kunst om het niet te mechanisch te laten klinken. (…) feestelijke barokmuziek, afgestoft en sprankelend als nooit tevoren.

Bach Harpsichord Concertos 1,2,3 (2018)

Bach

Marcin Swiatkiewicz

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Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: NOSPR, Katowice, Poland
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256FS
Speakers: Grimm Audio LS1

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Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor - Allegro
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Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor - Adagio
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Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor - Allegro
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Harpsichord Concerto in E Major - No tempo markings
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Harpsichord Concerto in E Major - Siciliano
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Harpsichord Concerto in E Major - Allegro
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Harpsichord Concerto in D Major - Adagio e piano sempre
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Harpsichord Concerto in D Major - Allegro
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