This Adagio, is one of the most beautiful Adagios from the baroque period. Maybe you will be Probably confused about “ Marcello BACH Adagio ” in the title, The reason is that this Adagio is the second movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s adaptation ” Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974″ of Alessandro Marcello’s Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor.
The Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor op. 1, attributed to Alessandro Marcello (1669 – 1747), is one of the most performed oboe concertos in the repertory. It was written in the early 18th century and has become Marcello’s most famous work. Its worth was affirmed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1675-1750) who transcribed it for harpsichord in his work (BWV 974).
BWV 974 work is one of Bach’s keyboard concertos which are transcriptions of others composers pieces. They came alive when they were transcribed by bach. Bach was the summation of the Baroque era, but He NEVER wrote anything whatsoever for the piano – because the piano had not yet been invented.
The story behind Marcello’s adagio is that: some people say that Alessandro Marcello was once asked by what he was inspired to compose so sad and beautiful Adagio and he replied: “I imagine the day when my beloved Venice sinks into the sea.”
Listening to this Baroque Adagio might just be the most beautiful thing you’ll hear all day. It’s an absolute gem of a piece, and here’s a spectacular performance of it, performed by French pianist Anne Queffélec, one of the most remarkable pianists of our time. She appeared as a soloist at the biggest halls of Europe, in Japan, in Hong-Kong, in Canada, in the USA. She was a soloist with major orchestras of the world, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong-Kong Philharmonic …
Another beautiful video for this Adagio here: Johann Sebastian BACH: Adagio, BWV 974