Georgian classical pianist sisters Khatia and Gvantsa Buniatishvili perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in C minor, BWV 1062. It is originally scored for two harpsichords, two violins, a viola, and a continuo (cello, violone). Harpsichord parts have been played with the piano here.

Bach: Concerto in C minor, BWV 1062 by Buniatishvili sisters (Khatia and Gvantsa Buniatishvili)

Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062, is a remarkable work that showcases Bach’s mastery in composing for keyboard instruments. Originally derived from his Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043, also known as the Double Violin Concerto in D minor, Bach skillfully transcribed and adapted the piece for two harpsichords, creating a new dimension of contrapuntal and harmonic interplay. This concerto is structured in three movements, following the fast-slow-fast pattern typical of the Baroque concerto grosso form.

  1. Vivace: The first movement, Vivace, opens with a lively and energetic tempo. It is characterized by its intricate dialogue between the two solo harpsichords, which exchange themes and motifs in a spirited conversation. The movement is built on a robust structure of ritornello form, where the main theme returns in different keys throughout the movement, offering a compelling blend of unity and variety.
  2. Largo ma non tanto: The second movement, Largo ma non tanto, presents a stark contrast to the first with its slower pace and more reflective mood. This movement is deeply expressive, showcasing the lyrical capabilities of the harpsichord. The interplay between the two solo instruments is more subdued here, allowing for moments of tender melodic lines to emerge. The rich harmonies and emotive quality make this movement the emotional heart of the concerto.
  3. Allegro: The final movement, Allegro, returns to a brisk tempo, bringing the concerto to a jubilant close. It features a lively and rhythmic theme that bounces between the two harpsichords, accompanied by a driving bass line. This movement is notable for its use of imitative counterpoint, where the soloists engage in a virtuosic exchange of thematic material, demonstrating Bach’s skill in weaving complex musical textures.

Each movement of BWV 1062 demonstrates Bach’s unparalleled ability to balance technical brilliance with emotional depth, creating a work that is both intellectually satisfying and deeply moving. The concerto remains a testament to Bach’s genius in the realm of baroque music, offering a richly layered listening experience that is both challenging and rewarding.


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