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Bach - Brandenburg Concerto / AAM, Hogwood

Johann Sebastian Bach , Christopher Hogwood , The Academy of Ancient Music Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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  • Performer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000004CXB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro
2. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Adagio, Sempre Piano
3. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Menuet--Trio A 2 Hautbois Et Basson
4. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro
5. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Andante
6. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro Assai
7. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro
8. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Adagio
9. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro
Disc: 2
1. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro
2. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Andante
3. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Presto
4. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro
5. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Adagio
6. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro
7. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro
8. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Adagio Ma Non Tanto
9. Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Allegro

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best, But... February 15, 2000
By A Customer
This is the Holy Grail of Brandenburgs recordings. The performances and the recording quality are inspired and unsurpassed.
But be warned: Hogwood has recorded the "original version" of the set. The third movement of #1 is omitted; the fourth movement thus becomes the third movement and is itself abridged. Likewise, the pyrotechnic, crowd-goes-wild harpsichord solo in the first movement of #5 appears here abbreviated and tamed.
I can't for the life of me understand why Hogwood released versions of these pieces that are really of interest only to musicologists. However, these discs are so well done that I suggest buying this set anyway, and supplementing it with another recording of #1-#3-#5 (Trevor Pinnock's fine version, for example) which contains the rest of the riches.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars personal sentimental bias January 23, 2001
I am not so well versed in the nuances of classical repertoires as most who post here, but I am a casual fan of Bach's Brandenburg and Violin Concertos, in particular.
I had listed to various interpretations over the years and whereas I can most always pick out these concertos when heard over the radio, Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music were the first specific performances I could recognize by ear, years after I had last heard them. It was then that I realized that these particular recordings had left an indelible and uniquely human imprint on my consciousness.
These may not be judged the "best" interpretations ever put to disc by "connoisseurs", but I find they are the standard by which I will always judge the rest. I highly recommend them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great set of Brandenburg Concerti March 26, 2009
I have owned this set of the 6 Brandenburg Concerti for over 20 years (the 1985 recordings). It might be easy to criticize Christopher Hogwood for "his interpretation," but he is giving us the original version of these immensely popular pieces. I am not a trained musician, but I know what I like to hear, and I really love hearing these pieces performed.

This set was among the first of my classical CD collection; it's actually #3 in my own catalog. Even if you have another set of these concerti, replace them with this set. (break one and ask for an early birthday present). The authenticity of the playing and hearing Mr. Hogwood on the harpsichord makes this a truly memorable listening experience.

Stuart Gustafson, author
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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One of the best recordings made of the Brandenburg Concerti. The AAM plays instruments as old as the music, but they sound better than any of today's instruments. -TLG
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