Reviewed by Tom-Tom
The piece begins and your ears struggle to hear what instruments are being played not to mention actually try to divine who has the melody. That’s precisely the thing with the best of Bach’s music. Everyone has the melody and they are all playing now. Oh, to see the inside of the mind behind the music. Speaking of the music, the basso continuo is raking out the mother chords as the oboe come in a beat after and then the strings. Almost everything you hear will be divided, passed around the ensemble which consists of three oboes, natural horns (corni di caccia), a bassoon, and strings with violino piccolo atop them with basso continuo below. Bach’s Double Concerto for two violins is called so because either violin could be taken out and still be a decent sounding piece. Here in the first movement of the first Brandenburg Concerti, there’s so much movement and use that it is difficult to imagine the melody is actually quite simple. It is the use of the fugue which, to Bach was as natural as smoking, drinking coffee, and having yet another child born.