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This lively and imaginative CD comprises speculative reconstructions of concertos that J.S. Bach might have played on the new Silbermann organ in Dresden in 1725. As reported, Bach played ‘preludes and various concertos, with accompanying softinstrumental music in all keys.’ The concertos are known to us as the (later) harpsichord concertos BWV 1052, 1058 and 1053, preceded on this disc by Handel’s ‘Concerto’ in D major from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (1707). The close recording places us inside the instrumental group of single strings and theorbo/baroque guitar, enabling every detail to be heard. Lovely playing!

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