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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

Johann Sebastian Bach , Christopher Hogwood , The Academy of Ancient Music , Christophe Rousset , Monica Huggett , Catherine Mackintosh , Christopher Hirons , Stephen Hammer Audio CD
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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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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,827 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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best performance I know of the 2nd 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach "The Real Thing" January 11, 1999
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars One of The Oldest of the New Versions 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Performances November 19, 2006
By Sator
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still the Best! January 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I own three versions of this recording and by far, this one's my favorite. Although the 1985 digital sound quality is not top notch, Hogwood's stunning performance surely is! The authentic instruments give the music a live quality that you don't always hear in Baroque music, and you can't beat two CD's for the price of one. Now I want to investigate much more of Hogwood's Academy of Ancient Music!
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1.0 out of 5 stars HIPster Wars - News from the Bach Front - Communiqué 4
Corporal Hogwood has done it again.

Last night after work, I randomly pulled out this CD, started to play it and promptly fell into a state of dormition on the sofa. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Track Order
Ther material has already been reviewed by 16 people, so read the reviews.

What it comes down to these days is what else to put on a two disc collection. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by Tero
5.0 out of 5 stars What "Der Grosser Kurfurst" missed...
I'll never understand the decision of the Margrave of Brandenburg, "the Great Elector," turning down J S Bach. Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Patrick G Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
I wonder how many people were actually put off by some of the reviews found here... I know I certainly would be if I read them before I actually got this Concertos. Read more
Published on November 22, 2008 by buddyholly
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Yes, it is a pity that Hogwood chose the original versions: Nº 1 lacks one movement. But to this nice price you get two CDs with a lot of wonderful music. Read more
Published on June 17, 2005 by Musicus
2.0 out of 5 stars Would have been the best but ...
I always enjoyed the chamber intimacy Hogwood gave to his players in this recording. Wonderfull interpretations. Read more
Published on May 7, 2005 by Leonardo
4.0 out of 5 stars This version is for original instrument enthusiasts
Many of the paces are faster than usual and the use of period horns and trumpets creates a distinctively different sound than you'll get with conventional recordings. Read more
Published on March 20, 2005 by Obi
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent performance a different view
this is an interesting performance of the concertoes.
although the tempo may be a little fast at times and though i prefer the expanded harpsichord version of the fifth... Read more
Published on September 23, 2003 by J. Zhu
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I was surprised by the negative review. This is one of my favorite cds of any work, period. One of my 10 deserted island picks, actually.Do yourself a favor and get this now. Read more
Published on December 2, 2002 by Hypersloth
1.0 out of 5 stars I felt cheated.
Sorry, but I hated this cd. While it's true that I have a large cd collection, still, there's only room in it for one version of each work. Read more
Published on August 16, 2002 by Barbara J. Chaplin
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