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listen  1. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046 - 1. (Allegro)Michel Piguet 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046 - 2. AdagioMichel Piguet 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046 - 3. AllegroMichel Piguet 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 1. (Allegro)Michel Piguet 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 2. AndanteMichel Piguet 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 3. Allegro assaiMichel Piguet 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048 - 1. (Allegro)Christopher Hogwood 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048 - AdagioChristopher Hogwood0:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048 - 3. AllegroChristopher Hogwood 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 1. AllegroMichel Piguet 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 2. AndanteMichel Piguet 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 3. PrestoMichel Piguet 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 1. AllegroChristopher Hogwood 7:46Album Only
listen14. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 2. AffetuosoChristopher Hogwood 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 3. AllegroChristopher Hogwood 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV 1051 - 1. --Timothy Mason 6:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV 1051 - 2. Adagio ma non tantoTimothy Mason 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV 1051 - 3. AllegroTimothy Mason 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe BWV1060 - AllegroStephen Hammer 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe BWV1060 - AdagioStephen Hammer 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe BWV1060 - AllegroStephen Hammer 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1062 - 1. (Allegro)Christophe Rousset 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1062 - 2. Andante e pianoChristophe Rousset 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1062 - 3. Allegro assaiChristophe Rousset 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in C, BWV 1064 - Arr. Hogwood for 3 Violins - 1. (Allegro)Monica Huggett 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in C, BWV 1064 - Arr. Hogwood for 3 Violins - 2. AdagioMonica Huggett 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in C, BWV 1064 - Arr. Hogwood for 3 Violins - 3. AllegroMonica Huggett 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Christophe Rousset, Monica Huggett, Catherine Mackintosh, Christopher Hirons, Stephen Hammer
  • Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (October 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: L'Oiseau - Lyre
  • ASIN: B0000042HK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Christopher Hogwood's jaunty accounts with the Academy of Ancient Music, from 1984, are characterful though less than impressively recorded. The personnel are outstanding (showing the strength of the London scene even then), with the only drawback being the weak solo trumpet of Friedemann Immer in Concerto No. 2. --Ted Libbey

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Just buy another version with this one right now.
buddyholly
This set was among the first of my classical CD collection; it's actually #3 in my own catalog.
Stuart Gustafson
The quality of the ensemble playing is truly a joy to listen to over and over.
Sator

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Jack Elliot on November 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have to object, and offer a second opinion of the performance of the 2nd concerto.
(...) [A] reviewer points to Friedmann Immer's "weak" performance of the trumpet part to the 2nd as the only major flaw in execution on this set. Don't listen to him. I'm familiar with over a dozen recordings of the 2nd Brandenburg, and Friedmann Immer's delivery of the solo trumpet part here is a revelation, head and shoulders above any other I've heard.
It's true that Immer plays with a soft, delicate tone. At no point is he any louder than the Baroque flute player, in fact. But that is not because his performance is "weak." That's what a Baroque trumpet sounds - and sounded - like; it's what Bach had in mind. This is not a Trumpet Concerto, it's a concerto for a group of four soloists. Very few trumpeters realize this in their performances of the piece, and of those who do acheive the right balance with the other soloists, Immer's reading stands apart. His lip trills are immaculte, his intonation impeccable, and he soars through the highest passages - including a series of arpeggios up to g''', a damnably difficult range to play tastefully on the trumpet - gracefully, if you can believe it.
But this set with confidence: all of the works here receive elegant, polished performances. And look forward especially to the 2nd, which receives the most thoughtful, refined reading I know of.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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 By "tmalates" on January 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I thought Christopher Hogwoods version ofthe Brandenburg Concertos was fantasic. I enjoyed the sound of the authentic instruments. Even though some other listeners commented on the horn sounds being sloppy, I found the sound richer than the more commercial versions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It was with pleasure that I noted that the Hogwood versions of the Brandenburg's are still available. It is easy to forget that these were a strike out onto the holy ground of original instruments and scoring and were somewhat revolutionary at their recording.
Bach selected work originally done for Prince Leopold's orchestra at Cothen and revised these six concerti to suit the Margrave's limited resources at Brandenburg. Because Bach's objectives were often to achieve textural as well as thematic variations, several of the concerti exist in multiple revisions. All of this makes the conductor's choices difficult if scholarship is important. Hogwood has made sensible rather than radical decisions, and we are very likely enjoying the music as the Margrave did originally.
The performances are intense. Tempos are a bit faster than traditional tempo's of the time and the musicianship is right on for the most part. We often forget that original instruments where a bit more difficult to steer than their modern heirs. Horns had some odd notes in their range, and oboes were often used in trumpetlike passages. The orchestra and soloists do an excellent job of managing these difficulties.
Sound is dry, but complex. Original instruments provide resonant sonorities that can be delightful, but are rarely earthmoving. The inner movement of the parts is quite audible which makes these versions especially interesting. The recording itself is typical of the early 1980's, which means that it could be a bit better. Sonics are clear, but I wish that there was a bit more directionality and spatial sense.
The price makes this one of the best Brandenburg buys available. An excellent purchase for the student.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sator on November 19, 2006
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I must confess I am usually a less than totally convinced AAM afficionado so when I did a complete review of all of the best known cycles of the Brandenburgs I acquired this one just to see what the fuss was about. To my great surprise, the results was one of the really outstanding set of the Brandenburg currently available. The quality of the playing has the usual 'crispness' that AAM admirers praise, but above all they had eloquence, taste, and unforced brilliance. The quality of the ensemble playing is truly a joy to listen to over and over. I had a lot of trouble prying myself away. In fact I think I have enjoyed this recording more than any over recording by Hogwood et al. than I ever have recalled hearing over the past 10 - 15 years.

It is also well known that many of the performances are of earlier versions of the Brandenburgs and as a result, this may perhaps should not be the one and only set it that is what you are after. Another added bonus to this particular issue is the inclusion of some other concerti - again the best I have heard any of them played. In fact, they are a major reason to acquire this one over others sets offering only the Brandenburgs without fillers.

The recording itself is beautifully balances, natural, clear and rich. It is a tiny bit on the cleaner analytical side but allows much detail to emerge but this complements the crispness of the ensemble work extremely well.

Recommended with great enthusiasm!
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