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Johann Sebastian Bach: Horn Concertos



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It was normal in Bach’s day to set one’s own compositions to new texts. Against this background,
and in the absence of concertos expressly written by Bach for the horn, a hornist of
the calibre of Radek Baborák was understandably attracted to the idea of seeking out pieces
suitable for his instrument. Baborák found what he was looking for in the Bach
concertos, where Bach arranges his own works. The first concerto on this recording has been
handed down to us as the Concerto for harpsichord BWV 1053. The B flat major
Concerto was another case where Radek Baborák reconstructed a concerto that was the source
of Bach’s Concerto for harpsichord BWV 1055. The Concerto in D minor required a somewhat
different approach. From two instrumental movements from the Cantata Geist und Seele BWV
35 Radek Baborák has drawn upon the outer movements of this third concerto. The central
movement originates in an oboe concerto by the Venetian composer Alessandro Marcello.
Radek Baborák was born in Pardubice in 1976. At the age of eight he began learning the horn.
Between 1990 and 1994 he continued his studies at the Prague Conservatoire. At the age of
eighteen Baborák was appointed principal horn with the Czech Philharmonic, 1996
to 2000 he was principal horn with the Munich Philharmonic. Baborák’s post as solo horn player
with the Berlin Philharmonic from 2003 to 2010 represents the last chapter of his career as an
orchestra player.
Facts
Item number HC21000
Barcode 881488210002
Release date 10/09/2021
Category
Label Hanssler Classic
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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