MELODIYA 10" LP 22063-64: J.S. BACH - Brandenburg No. 6 - 1960s
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Background on this item -
J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051

Title on autograph score: Concerto 6to à due Viole da Braccio, due Viole da Gamba, Violoncello, Violone e Cembalo.
Allegro
Adagio ma non troppo
Allegro
Instrumentation: two viola da braccio, two viole da gamba, cello, violone, and harpsichord

The absence of violins is unusual. Viola da braccio means the normal viola, and is used here to distinguish it from the "viola da gamba". When the work was written in 1721, the viola da gamba was already an old-fashioned instrument: the strong supposition that one viola da gamba part was taken by his employer, Prince Leopold, also points to a likely reason for the concerto's composition—Leopold wished to join his Kapellmeister playing music. Other theories speculate that, since the viola da braccio was typically played by a lower socioeconomic class (e.g., servants), the work sought to upend the musical status quo by giving an important role to a "lesser" instrument. This is supported by knowledge that Bach wished to end his tenure under Prince Leopold. By upsetting the balance of the musical roles, he would be released from his servitude as Kapellmeister and allowed to seek employ elsewhere.

The two violas start the first movement with a vigorous subject in close canon, and as the movement progresses, the other instruments are gradually drawn into the seemingly uninterrupted steady flow of melodic invention which shows the composer's mastery of polyphony. The two violas da gamba are silent in the second movement, leaving the texture of a trio sonata for two violas and continuo, although the cello has a decorated version of the continuo bass line. In the last movement, the spirit of the gigue underlies everything, as it did in the finale of the fifth concerto.

This 10" LP also features a work by Ya. Akutagava - Triptych for the Strings.

MELODIYA Records 10” LP item - BLUE record labels with SILVER lettering - see pictures with this listing for more detail
Record Made in the USSR (Russia)
Pressing is in MONO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record issued in the 1960’s - we don't know for sure as there is nothing on the LP or jacket to indicate a date of manufature
Record Catalog Number: 33** 22063-64

This listing is for a very rare, out of print 10” LP featuring the music of -

J.S. BACH / Ya. AKUTAGAVA

10" LP Title -
J.S. BACH - BRANDENBURG CONCERT NO. 6 / Ya. AKUTAGAVA - TRIPTYCH FOR THE STRINGS

Performers on this title include -
J.S. Bach: G. Bezrukov, I. Boguslavsky, violas
B. Dobrokhotov, M. Vainrot, viola da gambas
M. Nemerehetsky, cello
L. Andreyev, contrabass
M. Muntyan, cembalo
Violists' Ensemble of the Central House of Art Workers, G. Bezrukov, director
Akutagava: String Group of the USSR Symphony Orchestra (Chamber Group)
G. Bezrukov, conductor

Track listings -
1. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B Flat Major, B. 1051
2. Ya. Akutagava: Triptych for The Strings

CONDITION Details:
The JACKET:
The LP jacket is in Near MINT minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits - it is completely intact, and shows only some shelf wear, primarily at the seams and corners. 
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind on the jacket. 
There is NO hand writing on any part of the jacket, front or back (see picture for more detail).
The cover has clean and sharp colors, just gorgeous - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition! - like NEW!!
The LP retains much of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has no serious marks, obviously well taken care of.
There are NO spindle marks on the record labels.
This is the near mint copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile would be happy with this one! A better copy would be very difficult to locate!
This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Melodiya 10" LP 22063-64 NM
  • Manufacturer: Melodiya Records
  • Condition: Used

MELODIYA 10" LP 22063-64: J.S. BACH - Brandenburg No. 6 - 1960s

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