Music reviews: Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 4, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

It was a treat to hear two related double manual harpsichords from St Cecilia’s superb keyboard collection in Bach’s Double Concerto in C major.

Christine Schornsheim. Picture: EIF

Bach Keyboard Concertos: Concert 4, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh * * * *

Andreas Staier played the 1769 Taskin while Christine Schornsheim sat at an instrument made in 1764 by Goermans which Taskin substantially altered some twenty years later.

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The tonal blend of the two instruments was perfect with Schornsheim’s sharper articulation adding brightness in the quicker movements. Other than emphasising a phrase here or there in the outer movements, Bach didn’t write much for the Dunedin Consort string quartet especially in the harpsichord duet, a wonderfully decorated adagio.

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After an understated account of the Fantasia in A minor, Staier applied more colour and vivacity to the quicker movements of the Keyboard Concerto in A major but the larghetto, a Siciliano, would have benefited from a slightly faster more dance-like quality.