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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046 - 1. (Allegro)Catherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Clare Shanks and Felix Warnock and Ku Ebbinge and Michel Piguet and The Academy of Ancient Music 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046 - 2. AdagioCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Clare Shanks and Felix Warnock and Ku Ebbinge and Michel Piguet and The Academy of Ancient Music 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046 - 3. AllegroCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Clare Shanks and Felix Warnock and Ku Ebbinge and Michel Piguet and The Academy of Ancient Music 6:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 1. (Allegro)Catherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Friedemann Immer and Ku Ebbinge and Michel Piguet and The Academy of Ancient Music 5:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 2. AndanteCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Ku Ebbinge and Michel Piguet and The Academy of Ancient Music 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 3. Allegro assaiCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Friedemann Immer and Ku Ebbinge and Michel Piguet and The Academy of Ancient Music 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048 - 1. (Allegro)Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music 5:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048 - AdagioChristopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music0:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048 - 3. AllegroChristopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 1. AllegroChristopher Hogwood and Jaap Schröder and Michel Piguet and Sabine Weill and The Academy of Ancient Music 6:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 2. AndanteChristopher Hogwood and Jaap Schröder and Michel Piguet and Sabine Weill and The Academy of Ancient Music 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 3. PrestoChristopher Hogwood and Jaap Schröder and Michel Piguet and Sabine Weill and The Academy of Ancient Music 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 1. AllegroCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Stephen Preston and The Academy of Ancient Music 7:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 2. AffetuosoCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Stephen Preston and The Academy of Ancient Music 5:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 3. AllegroCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Stephen Preston and The Academy of Ancient Music 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV 1051 - 1. --Christopher Hogwood and Jan Schlapp and The Academy of Ancient Music and Timothy Mason and Trevor Jones 6:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV 1051 - 2. Adagio ma non tantoChristopher Hogwood and Jan Schlapp and The Academy of Ancient Music and Timothy Mason and Trevor Jones 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV 1051 - 3. AllegroChristopher Hogwood and Jan Schlapp and The Academy of Ancient Music and Timothy Mason and Trevor Jones 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe BWV1060 - AllegroCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Stephen Hammer and The Academy of Ancient Music 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe BWV1060 - AdagioCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Stephen Hammer and The Academy of Ancient Music 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe BWV1060 - AllegroCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hogwood and Stephen Hammer and The Academy of Ancient Music 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 and Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music 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 and Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music 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 and Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music 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)Catherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hirons and Christopher Hogwood and Monica Huggett and The Academy of Ancient Music 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. AdagioCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hirons and Christopher Hogwood and Monica Huggett and The Academy of Ancient Music 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. AllegroCatherine Mackintosh and Christopher Hirons and Christopher Hogwood and Monica Huggett and The Academy of Ancient Music 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: #5,265 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.
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27 of 27 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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23 of 24 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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14 of 15 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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11 of 13 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Gustafson on March 26, 2009
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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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