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Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos, Vol. 1, Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (Essential Classics)

Johann Sebastian Bach , Frans Bruggen , Gustav Leonhardt , Anner Bylsma , Sigiswald Kuijken Audio CD
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  • Performer: Frans Bruggen, Gustav Leonhardt, Anner Bylsma, Sigiswald Kuijken
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (September 3, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000K2V2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: Allegro
2. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: Adagio
3. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: Allegro
4. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: Menuetto / Trio I / Polacca / Trio II
5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Allegro
6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Andante
7. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Allegro assai
8. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro
9. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Andante
10. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro assai

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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best complete Brandenburgs of all time April 14, 2002
This was the first recording (1977) of the Brandenburgs Concertos which proved what marvellous insights the use of contemporary instruments (with the music, that is) could lend to the musical result (Harnoncourt's first set from 1963 came too early in their discography for the techniques of playing old instruments to have been fully mastered in these most demanding works). In the present set, well-judged tempi and an unerring sense of rhythm are juxtaposed in splendid proportion (most tempos here are moderate compared to some of the performances by next generation performers, the finale to BWV 1048 being an exception). Elsewhere (among these reviews) I read with astonishment the opinion that Leonhardt is "not a good conductor". As one who has experienced Mr. Leonhardt's performances live on many occasions, I can attest to his extraordinary level of achievement as musical director of many ensembles. Leonhardt is, simply, one of the greatest musicians of our time, and, as conductor, whatever he may lack in conventional "stick-technique", he more than makes up for in his extraordinarily authoritative, knowledgable, yet passionate musicianship (the same goes with Frans Bruggen - his conducting looks strange, but any of the musicians in his orchestra - and I know many of them personally - will confirm his mastery, and the enormous debt which all of us owe to him). Anyone with ears to hear will recognize the profound musical truths unlocked by these legendary performances. I also noticed, elsewhere, Leonhardt compared unfavourably with Trevor Pinnock. This is ironic, since Mr. Pinnock would be the first to acknowledge his own profound debt to Leonhardt. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I disagree! March 25, 2001
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I disagree completely with the previous reviewer. He/she does not seem to enjoy good music... Gustav Leonhardt and the Kuijkens are among the best players in period instruments! Their recording of Bach's Brandemburg is wonderful. Don't go for that unfair review...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise to Leonhardt and SEON August 9, 2006
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I totally agree with Peter G. Watchorn's review. Gustav Leonhardt's recording of the Brandenburgs is one of the best. Anyone who loves baroque and earlier music performed on period instruments should try to get all of the SEON recordings from the 1970s that have been transfered to CD.
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5 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars if you want period instruments get Trevor Pinnock's CD November 22, 2000
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These were some of the earliest authentic instrument performances, back when musicians didn't have a good grasp of period instruments and good soloists interested in period practice were almost non-existent. Now we have some outstanding musicians making period instrument recordings with experience playing Baroque instruments. So for a good period instrument recording, I would recommend Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert Orchestra or other good period ensembles. Don't settle for Gustav Leonhardt. He was a pioneer, but he wasn't a good conductor. And the same for the orchestra in this recording.
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