Emma Sayers is the piano soloist in this performance of J S Bach's Keyboard Concerto in E Major. There are three movements: Allegro - Siciliano - Allegro.
She is accompanied by the New Zealand School of Music String Orchestra conducted by Donald Maurice. The performance was part of the NZSM's Friday at Five showcase concert titled 'Masterpieces of the Baroque' given at the Ilott Theatre, Wellington New Zealand, on Friday 22 October, 2010.
"There can be few pieces of music as full of joy as Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in E major. I first heard this in a concert by Hungarian pianist András Schiff where he played the set of 6 concertos consecutively – one of the highlights of my concert-going career. It was such an uplifting experience I immediately rushed out to get the score, and it has been one of my favourite pieces ever since.
Like the other harpsichord concertos it is probably an arrangement of an earlier – now lost – concerto for a melody instrument, but significantly re-arranged to exploit the strengths of the harpsichord (or in this case, the piano)."
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