All of Bach: a project by the Netherlands Bach Society

Harpsichord concerto in F minor

BWV 1056 performed by Siebe Henstra and the Netherlands Bach Society
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

"It's a wonderful concerto. There's the sombre mood of F minor, but when the solo starts it's like the sun coming out."

With a dash of Telemann

Refined game between harpsichord and orchestra.

This concerto for harpsichord is in the melancholy key of F minor. Although the plaintive character is noticeable straight away, the sun does shine through in several places. “The whole concerto hangs together perfectly”, says soloist Siebe Henstra. In the first movement, Bach gets the orchestra and the harpsichordist to play a refined game, with a sort of ‘bunged-up-nose’ echo effect. They play together and then the harpsichord repeats the last figure. In the third movement, Bach harks back to this – but then the other way round, with the orchestra repeating while the harpsichord is silent.

As with all Bach concertos, the middle movement is special. And actually, it isn’t even Bach, as the melody refers back to the Andante from the Flute Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G2 by Telemann. Bach takes Telemann’s theme and develops it in his own way. And he was obviously pleased with the result, as he used this middle movement again in his cantata Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, although there the solo is played by an oboe rather than a harpsichord.


Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor

orchestral work (concerto)

between 1733 and 1746


Special Notes
Bach used the second movement as the introduction to cantata BWV 156, Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe

Cast & Crew

release date 16 March 2018
recording date 3 February 2017
location Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
harpsichord Bruce Kennedy naar Michael Mietke, 1989
harpsichordist Siebe Henstra
violin Shunske Sato, Noyuri Hazama
viola Pieter Affourtit
Cello Lucia Swarts
double bass Hen Goldsobel
director Lucas van Woerkum
assistant director Stijn Berkhouwer
music recording Guido Tichelman, Bastiaan Kuijt, Pim van der Lee
music edit and mix Guido Tichelman
Camera Jochem Timmerman, Rene Holbrugge, Kenneth Dirkzwager
Intern camera Klazina Westra
Lights Zen Bloot
Set technique Justin Mutsaers
Data handling Jesper Blok
project manager NEP Peter Ribbens
Producer concert Marco Meijdam
producer film Jessie Verbrugh
interview Onno van Ameijde

Vocal Texts




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