J.S. BACH: THE BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS
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Code: ACCENT SACD 24224
|CD 1- Concerto no 3, BWV 1048; Concerto no 5, BWV 1050; Concerto no 1, BWV 1046
CD 2- Concerto no 4, BWV 1049; Concerto no 6, BWV 1051; Concerto no 2, BWV 1047
Sigiswald Kuijken was born in 1944 close to Brussels. He studied violin at the conservatories of Bruges and Brussels, completing his studies at the latter institution with Maurice Raskin in 1964. He came into contact with early music at a very young age, together with his brother Wieland. Studying on his own, he gained a thorough knowledge of specific 17th- and 18th-century performance techniques and conventions of interpretation. This led to the introduction, in 1969, of a more authentic way of playing the violin, whereby the instrument was no longer held under the chin, but lay freely on the shoulder; this was to have a crucial influence on the approach to the violin repertoire and was consequently adopted by many players starting in the early 1970s. He founded La Petite Bande in 1972.