BBC Building a Library / Music Magazine ‘Best recording of the work’
Gramophone Editor’s Choice
In 2005, when Rinaldo Alessandrini decided to focus his recording work on Bach, he set out to explore the influence of the Italian concerto and repertory, so dear to him, on the German master. Preferring the light touch of an ensemble of soloists, he chose to reveal each timbre and clarify the musical arguments, underlining the interaction and differences.
This innovative vision, honed since the 1980s by Concerto Italiano on instruments of the period, focuses not on effects but on articulations, suppleness, dynamics and respiration.
Never has an old language been made so vibrant. “Bach’s music has it all”, concludes Rinaldo Alessandrini. “Our job is simply to bring elegance and a beautiful tone.”