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Bach harpsichord concertos – fervour and fantasy

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra Ensemble

Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord (soloist)
Zefira Valova, violin 
Dora Asterstad, violin
Hanna Pakkala, viola
Heidi Peltoniemi, cello


Aapo Häkkinen and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra have recorded the Bach harpsichord concertos on the Aeolus label to great international acclaim. Häkkinen now leads a Helsinki Baroque Orchestra ensemble through three of the concertos, combining music by Bach’s North German predecessors with the two stern concertos in G minor and D minor and the D major concerto familiar from its violin version. As a young man Bach went to visit Johann Adam Reincken in Hamburg and impressed the ageing composer with his skills at improvisation. Like Bach, Andreas Kirchoff came from a musical family and at the end of the 17th century was employed as a city musician in Copenhagen. Baroque fervour and fantasy, and a tradition that lapped the Baltic shores, all in the same concert.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Harpsichord concerto in D major, BWV 1054

Andreas Kirchoff (c.1635–1691): Suite à 4 in G minor (1664)

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759): Sonat in G major, HWV 399
Allegro – A tempo ordinario – Passacaille – Gigue. Presto – Menuet. Allegro moderato


Johann Adam Reincken (?1643–1722): Suite à 4 in D minor (1687)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Harpsichord concerto in D minor BWV 1052

Tickets: €30
Concession tickets: €15

Photo: Heikki Tuuli
Photo: Heikki Tuuli

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