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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Freiburger Barockorchester (2000)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While functioning as Kapellmeister to the court of Prince Leopold, J.S. Bach composed the Baroque masterworks known as the "Brandenburg Concertos." This delightful performance of the orchestral works by the Freiburger Barockorchester takes place in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Cothen, where the composer himself served in the 18th century. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM stereo.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike Karl Richter's recent DGG DVD Brandenburg Concertos, which are a hybrid mixture of old and new, these Brandenburgs are the latest generation period-style performances. They were filmed at the Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Cothen, 23-26 March 2000. Bach served as Music Director (Kapellmeister) at the court of the Prince of Anhalt-Cothen from 1717-1723. He wrote the Brandenburgs between 1717-1721: dedicating them to the Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg. They were probably performed in this very Hall of Mirrors, giving this DVD a nice touch of historical continuity. The Palace is beautiful, the sound reverberant and well-focussed. This was an inspired choice for filming these concertos. No matter how often I listen to the Brandenburgs, there is always some new discovery to be made, some fresh insight into Bach's genius to be gained.

These are superb performances: fresh and fleet, filled with poetry yet hard-edged and crystalline in their purity of sound. The recording is so clear that even the innermost voices leap out at you if you focus your attention on them. The Freiburger Barockorchester wear their polyphony lightly, concentrating on Bach's amazing melodic gifts and his lyrical rather than his analytic side. Bach absorbed all of 18th Century Western European music, including Opera. The Freiburger Barockorchester, from all appearances a 3rd generation period instruments ensemble, are not afraid to approach some of the concertos with the arioso quality of opera while giving others a propulsiveness that is very close to "swing" in its rhythmic drive. All of the musicians are excellent. Friedemann Immer, who plays the fiendishly difficult high trumpet part in the 2nd Brandenburg, must be singled out for praise.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
These recordings of the Brandenburg concertos are simply superb. This is a recording of the Freiburger Barockorchester playing original instruments in the Spiegelsaal of the Palace of Cothen, a place where Johann Sebastian Bach likely arranged the performance of these same pieces while he was living there (1717-1723). Bach went to Cothen from Weimar. Prince Leopold, head of the principality of Anhalt-Cothen, had arranged to have his mother, Princess Gisela Agnes (He was still underage!), obtain the services of eight virtuoso musicians from the Prussian court orchestra when it was disbanded by Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. Bach inherited a virtuoso group of 16 players. In this recording of the first Brandenburg concerto, there are 18 performers. The sound is probably close to what Bach heard when he conducted his orchestra. Yes, this is likely where they were performed after Bach had composed them.

Cothen appears in this DVD as a beautiful place. It was clearly a place of great importance to Johann Sebatian Bach. The only child born to Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach in Cothen, Leopold Augustus, was born in 1718 and died before his first birthday. The couple had had twins die shortly after birth in 1713. In July,1720, while Johann Sebastian Bach accompanied Prince Leopold to Carlsbad for a second trip, Maria Barbara died and was buried before he and the prince returned.

Anna Magdalena Wilcke was an outstanding singer in Cothen and had gained the prestigious title of chamber musician in mid-June 1721. Johann Sebastian Bach made acquaintance with her family in August, 1721. Anna Magdalena, then 20 years old, and Johann Sebastian were married on December 3, 1721.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Joyfully Done as He Would Have Liked August 25, 2009
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Euroarts scores more high marks with this release of youthfully joyful performances of Bach's six evergreen concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg played by the young virtuosos of the Freiburger Barockorchester. The verve and panache of this ensemble remind us that these pieces are intended to entertain as well as to uplift, and the obvious camaraderie and delight of the musicians is a reminder that this music was written to be played by friends who love to play together. The fact that this is all great music of the highest order reminds us that Bach was a consummate professional who loved to make music in a friendly environment and that he just happened to be one of the greatest composers. The Freiburgers clearly know all this, and they present performances which can stand with the best currently available on CD and DVD, such as those of Pinnock on DG. Their playing is light and rhythmically incisive as well as warm and touching. The art of period instruments has entered a level of perfection of playing that musicians are today fully able to concentrate on the music itself,and not just on the playing of the instruments. The Freiburgers are clearly at the top of period ensembles today and clearly at the top of interperters of Bach's timeless scores. Each of these concertos is scored for a different group of instruments, and the visual element of a DVD makes it clear that this is obviously an important aspect of these works. Each piece displays a different sound, which creates variety in the whole group of six works. Euroarts has presented this release in both superb picture quality as well as in superior sound. This disc belongs in the collection of all music lovers, especially those who want their children to see and hear how this glorious music should be done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance. Great Venue. Very Good Sound and Picture...
Filmed at the exact same venue location where J.S. Bach premiered his six Brandeburg Concertos. Excellent performance. Very good sound and picture quality for a DVD. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by audiohombre
5.0 out of 5 stars Best chamber orchester
I stumbled upon this ensemble on you tube and got enamoured with them right away.
The rendition of all Brandenburg concertos is one of few best I know. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vaclav Musil
5.0 out of 5 stars love this music
i love this music. i listen to it all the time at work. the problem with this is i thought i could play it on my cars cd player, wrong and a very dissapointed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bob ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening and viewing
Very fine renditions of the Brandenburgs. The playing and individual performances are impressive. The recording setting and
acoustics make for a great viewing and listening... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Arthur A Diefendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Brandenburg Concertos
A wonderful video, clear and with good sound. We love the music. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested.
Published 17 months ago by Jean Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos :
The Freiburger Barockorchester presents a crisp and elegant performance. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ernestine Stieber
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for the J.S. Bach fans
This is a great DVD on Bach's 6 Brandenburg Concerti; all the musicians of the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra were not only engaged but also immersed intensely in the music when they... Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by Careful buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars: OK, but not outstanding.
- Production (video, etc.)
- Curious "extra" pieces (in addition to the usual trailers; for example Sarabanda from Bach's gamba suite played by someone Hille Perl... Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by Ghost(Ghost(M))
4.0 out of 5 stars Watching Bach
I have the Brandemburg concertos in CD and I must confess I had not paid much attention on them. Now, watching the video I could really appreciate them. Read more
Published on June 25, 2010 by Arnaldo Antonio Rodella
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautiful Euroarts DVD
Brandenburg Concertos/Freiburger BarockorchesterWhen the first concerto began I was apprehensive: all the musicians' pale faces looked so serious. No hint of even a faint smile. Read more
Published on May 3, 2009 by Zarathustra
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