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26 May 2023

Nikolai Isakov and Oleg Khudyakov Perform "Concierto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro" (Feat. Vladimir Druzhinin Guitar)

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Vladimir Druzhinin has shared with us a new video recorded on his newest guitar made for GSI. This new guitar features the design that was invented by Vladimir's good friend and mentor, Timofey Tkach (LEARN MORE).

This video was recorded on location at the Russian State Specialized Academy of Arts (RSSAA) in Moscow, Russia. It features two excellent musicians - Nikolai Isakov (Guitar) who is an alum of that school, and Professor Oleg Khudyakov (piano) who currently teaches at RSSAA. Together, they recorded Dmitry Tatarkin's arrangement of the first movement, "Allegro" from "Concierto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052" by Johann Sebastian Bach. We've also received program notes for all three movements of this composition.

Program Notes:

The autograph of all seven concertos for a single harpsichord and orchestra BWV 1052-1058 dates from about 1738. "Concerto No. 1 BWV 1052" has long been considered a reworking of a previously written but lost violin concerto. There are its reconstructions, often heard on stage, designated as BWV 1052R. However, modern researchers consider this version untenable. No convincing arguments have been found to support the argument that it's a lost violin concerto. Another common misconception was the opinion that the musical material of the Concert BWV 1052 was used by Bach when creating his two cantatas BWV 146 and BWV 188, written in the late 1720s. A study of the sources shows that Bach probably did exactly the opposite – he used the finished music of individual parts from cantatas with a solo organ, adapting it for a keyboard concerto. The first movement of the concert BWV 1052 uses the Sinfonia music from the cantata BWV 146 'Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen'. In the second movement — the Coro from the cantata BWV 146 'Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen'. The third movement of the concerto corresponds to the Sinfonia from cantata BWV 188 'Ich habe meine Zuversicht'.

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