Antonio Vivaldi: Zwei Konzerte
Concerto in g, Violin, Strings and B.c. (Re-transcription RV 316a/BWV 975) Concerto in a, 4 Violins and B.c. (Arranged RV 580/BWV 1065)
Particularly during his time in Weimar, Johann Sebastian Bach arranged for harpsichord or organ various concertos written by his German and Italian contemporaries for one melody instrument, strings, and basso continuo. Among these is also the G-Minor Concerto for harpsichord (BWV 975) – the model, a violin concerto by Antonio Vivaldi (RV 316), is however lost. In the printed version (op. 4, no. 6/RV 316a), the concerto has a different concluding movement and a middle movement that differs in details. The basis of the reconstruction is thus Bach’s harpsichord version. Consequently, now available is a never before printed violin concerto by Vivaldi, which is suitable both for the concert stage as well for instructional purposes.
Bach occupied himself with Vivaldi also in his Leipzig period, for the creation of the Concerto for four harpsichords and strings in A Minor (BWV 1065) is dated to “ca. 1730.” Bach’s model, the Concerto for four violins, two violas, violoncello, and basso continuo in B Minor (RV 580) was published ca. 1711 by Roger in Amsterdam. The present arrangement for four violins and basso continuo takes into account both Vivaldi’s as well as Bach’s readings and enriches the small repertoire for this scoring.
Re-transcription or arrangement by Hans Bergmann
Concerto g-Minor: Allegro - Largo - Giga Presto
Concerto a-Minor: Allergo - Largo / Larghetto - Allergo