English Chamber Orchestra: Benjamin Britten – J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)


# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
# Conductor: Benjamin Britten
# Vinyl (1969 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 35 of 100
# Size: 973MB (24/96) + 265MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

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Considering the vast array of recordings available of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos – ranging from modernized performances by large ensembles to historical re-creations on original instruments in smaller numbers – some listeners may seek a good compromise that simply does justice to the music without fussing about authenticity. Benjamin Britten’s interpretations of the Brandenburgs occupy a middle ground between extremes, and these tasteful performances should satisfy all but the most partisan advocates of one performance practice over the other. Informed by the musicological discoveries of the 1960s in terms of rhythmic nuances and appropriate ornamentation, Britten’s performances are rich with Baroque inflections without sounding unnaturally contrived. The scaled-down English Chamber Orchestra is lean, but the ensemble plays with all the warmth and resonance its modern instruments afford and avoids the pitfalls of experimenting with untried and temperamental Baroque instruments, all too common and painful in early music efforts of the time. – Blair Sanderson, allmusic.com

Track List:

Side One
Brandenburg Concerto #2 in F Major, BVW 1047
01 – Allegro
02 – Andante
03 – Allegro Assai

Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G Major, BVW 1048
04 – Allegro
05 – (two chords)
06 – Allegro

Emanuel Hurwitz – violin
Richard Adeney – flute
Peter Graeme – oboe
David Mason – trumpet

Side Two
Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D Major, BVW 1050
07 – Allegro
08 – Adagio Affettuoso
09 – Allegro

Emanuel Hurwitz – violin
Richard Adeney, Norman Knight – flutes
Philip Ledger – harpsichord

Recorded at the Maltings Concert Hall at Snapes, England.

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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12 thoughts on “English Chamber Orchestra: Benjamin Britten – J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

  1. First, fantastic, incredible sound. And then superb performances, full of vitality and unbeatable musical sense. Thanks a lot, Thenightowl.
    Will you consider, please, to include the 38 A/B (Haydn/Szell) and the 86 A/B (Schubert/Quintet/Casals) of the collection?

    • Scratch that. It is all good now.

      On a side note, is it possible for you to procure the remaining concertos in any format?

      Thank you so much again!

  2. I thank you for this, and I would like to ask:
    Aside from the titles available in the Franklin Mint 100 series, what reason was there for choosing it? Are they good pressings? Just curious. And looking forward to the music you provide!

    • Yes, so far, all but one of the FM sets that I’ve opened (the entire collection was sealed when I bought it), they’ve been very good pressings. Nice and quiet…

      Were you asking why I ripped this?

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