In my not-terribly-humble and completely irrelevant opinion, in all the annals of classical composition, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti reign supreme – and Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 3 is the pinnacle of the group. It’s been my favorite classical piece ever since I was a boy.
But the Brandenburg Concerti were written for a chamber orchestra accompanied by a harpsichord. Bach didn’t contemplate having them transmogrified to be played on a solo instrument…well, if he did, there’s no record of it. It’s a terrifying challenge to contemplate.
Well, Gentle Reader, allow me to introduce you to a most talented transcriptionist and organist. His name is Jonathan Scott, and here is his solo rendition of the Allegro from Brandenburg Nr. 3:
Frankly, if I hadn’t seen and heard it, I don’t think I would have believed it possible. Bravissimo!