Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields, English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Neville Marriner, Benjamin Britten
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 2 CD
Size: 591 MB
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
04. Menuetto: Trio 1
05. Polacca: Trio 2
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
08. Allegro assai
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
05. Adagio ma non tanto
Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R
Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
10. Allegro moderato
Fine Performance on Modern Instruments
If recorders, natural trumpets, etc., are important to you in performances of Bach’s music, stay away from this performance. If, however, you like transcriptions, Bach played on the piano, etc., I can whole-heartedly recommend this recording.
The performances here use flutes, trumpets with pistons, etc. I expect that the violins have the longer necks that have been in use since the nineteenth century, and that many other canons of authentic baroque performance are violated. These are not, however, the lushc, romantic performances common in the 1960s. The tempi are slower than typically used today, but not much. The performing group is relatively small. The violinists employ vibrato sparingly.
Most important, Britten conducts with a great understanding of and love for the music, and the musicians play wonderfully.
And, of course, the set is a bargain.