New Album: Bach Harpsichord Concertos


Francesco Corti and il pomo d’oro present concertos BWV 1052, 1053, 1055 and 1058 as the first volume of what should become a cycle spanning four albums. Corti has chosen to combine these four concertos for the full orchestral sound they call for, while later recordings in this series will have a chamber setting in comparison. For tempo choices and melodic variations, Corti has been inspired by treatises from Bach’s time, as well as the composer’s own written-out ornamentations.

Bach’s harpsichord concertos are arguably the first in the history of music designed specifically for this instrument. Composing them, Bach aimed to adapt the string writing of Italian instrumental concertos to a keyboard instrument, while simultaneously enriching this style with typically-German traits such as counterpoint and motivic development.

Francesco Corti, principal guest conductor of il pomo d’oro, belongs to the most established harpsichordists of his generation. This is the second recording project with Corti, after the award-winning Voglio Cantar with soprano Emőke Baráth. Bach Harpsichord Concertos is the third album of the ensemble on PENTATONE after Carnevale 1729 with Ann Hallenberg (2017), as well as Prologue with Francesca Aspromonte (2018).


Two Albums Nominated at the Opera Awards 2020


Two vocal recordings projects have been nominated at the International Opera Awards 2020: “Voglio Cantar” with Emőke Baráth and Francesco Corti and “Facce d’amore” with Jakub Józef Orliński and Maxim Emelyanychev compete in the category “Solo Recital”. The winners will be announced on May 4th, 2020.

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Both albums have already been internationally recognized. Last September at the Opus Klassik 2019, Emőke Baráth won the Young Vocal Artist award for Voglio Cantar and Jakub Józef Orliński wins the Vocal Solo Album award (Opera) for Anima Sacra.

The jury said about Emőke Baráth: “The young Hungarian soprano Emőke Baráth conquers the German music world with her Erato debut album (Voglio Cantar)”. On the album and on tour, the program, which celebrates Barbara Strozzi’s legacy, il pomo d’oro is led by Francesco Corti. Jakub Józef Orliński “inspires the classical world with his extraordinary voice” said the Opus Klassik 2019 jury. Anima Sacra has been the first collaboration of the Polish rising-star countertenor with il pomo d’oro and Maxim Emelyanychev.


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