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The driving energy of the opening D minor concerto leaves no doubts about Masato Suzuki’s virtuosity in the demanding harpsichord part. He is also capable of the most sensitive lyrical playing, and together with the excellent instrumentalists of the Bach Collegium Japan, whom he also directs, this recording is a joy. The disc includes three well- known concertos – D minor, F minor and E major – and another in D minor which Masato has arranged from movements of Cantata 35, which is scored with an obbligato organ part. There exists just eight-and-a-half bars of an arrangement by Bach for harpsichord and strings from the opening Sinfonia of this cantata, and Suzuki has taken this as the starting point for his arrangement. Two further movements from the cantata complete a typical concerto structure, adding a solo oboe to the strings, and giving it an important solo role with the harpsichord in the middle movement. This is a wonderful arrangement of equally wonderful music, and sets this recording apart from others with just the existing complete concertos, Excellent recorded quality of sound, good sleeve notes, and fine, stylish playing throughout.

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