Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the first composers to write concertos for keyboard. Therefore, in the history of music he is considered the originator of the keyboard concerto. He composed seven concertos for keyboard and orchestra. Almost all of them are reworkings of concertos for other solo instruments (mainly violin).
Concerto for keyboard and orchestra No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058 is possibly the most popular of the seven. It is a transcription of the Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV 1041). The first movement (Allegro) proceeds with vigorous energy. The second movement (Andante) features an extraordinarily tuneful and moving theme, which is followed by a rigorous, though dance-like finale (Allegro assai).
Together with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Concerto for keyboard and orchestra No.7 is performed by Andrius Žlabys, one of the most renowned contemporary Lithuanian pianists, endowed with exceptional charisma and artistic insight, and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. His interpretations of Bach’s music have not gone unnoticed by music critics worldwide: “The familiar major arpeggios rippled off of Žlabys’ hands with such open-hearted rightness that you couldn’t escape the notion that the pianist was acting as Bach’s ventriloquist…” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
PIANO: ANDRIUS ŽLABYS