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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Orchestral Suites [Box set]

J. S. Bach , Neville Marriner , Academy of St Martin in the Field Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Field
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Composer: J. S. Bach
  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000065TV3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Concerto No. 1 In F Major BWV 1046: Allegro
2. Concerto No. 1 In F Major BWV 1046: Adagio
3. Concerto No. 1 In F Major BWV 1046: Allegro
4. Concerto No. 1 In F Major BWV 1046: Menuetto - Trio - Polacca
5. Concerto No. 2 In F Major BWV 1047: (Without Tempo Marking)
6. Concerto No. 2 In F Major BWV 1047: Andante
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Disc: 2
1. Concerto No. 5 In D Major BWV 1050: Allegro
2. Concerto No. 5 In D Major BWV 1050: Affettuoso
3. Concerto No. 5 In D Major BWV 1050: Allegro
4. Orchestersuiten (Ouverturen): Suite No. 1 In C Major BWV 1066: Ouverture
5. Orchestersuiten (Ouverturen) Suite No. 1 In C Major BWV 1066: Courante
6. Orchesteruiten (Ouverturen): Suite no. 1 In C Major BWV 1066: Gavotte I/II
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Disc: 3
1. Suite No. 3 In D Major BWV 1068: Ouverture
2. Suite No. 3 In D Major BWV 1068: Air
3. Suite No. 3 In D Major BWV 1068: Gavotte I/II
4. Suite No. 3 In D Major BWV 1068: Bourree
5. Suite No. 3 In D Major BWV 1068: Gigue
6. Suite No. 4 In D Major BWV 1069: Ouverture
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The set to get... August 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Few will argue that Sir Neville and the Academy were at their artistic peak during their years with Philips. During this period they turned out many definitive Mozart recordings but these recordings of Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos (1981), four Orchestral Suites (1978), and three Violin Concertos (1976) have also become favorites for Bach fans who prefer modern over period instrument recordings.

These late analog era recordings have been beautifully mastered for CD and for some, including Gramophone magazine, sound even better than the Marriner/ASMF all digital recordings of the same works from the 90s for EMI. In addition while you can get the EMI recordings on three individual 60-minute discs for around the same total price you miss out on the three essential violin recordings and, again, these earlier performances are preferable.

Each disc is generously filled with music (all three right around the 77 minute mark) and the sound is crystal clear. Again this is ASMF at their best so the ensemble sounds wonderful and nicely balanced and each of the soloists shine, especially Henryk Szeryng on violin (the three violin concertos and also three of the Brandenburgs), Jean-Pierre Rampal on flute (BWV 1050), and William Bennet on flute (BWV 1067). The tempos Marriner uses are pretty typical for these works except for the famous Air from Orchestral Suite #3 which may be the slowest I've heard to date: clocking in at 7:11 it's a full two minutes longer than the earlier Marriner/ASMF recording on London/Decca. But it works. This new TRIO set is beautifully packaged with extensive liner notes on Bach, each individual work, and musician credits by work.

Highly recommended.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Tim A
Format:Audio CD
I originally purchased this 3CD set because of its price: for all of Bach's most important orchestral works, a little more than $20 is a bargain! I planned on later upgrading to what I assumed would be "better" recordings of these works.

Since my purchase, I've listened to them, left them alone for a while, and then come back to listen again. I can't praise this set highly enough. The sound quality is excellent; at no point is there any distortion from any instrument. The balance, something which is crucial when playing concerto grosso, is also well done: the harpsichord does not overpower the instruments nor strain to be heard, and the soloists and tutti are always well matched in volume.

Matching the excellent recording quality is the playing. For a modern-instrument performance, this sounds very baroque in both the tempi and the cooperation between performers and Marriner does an excellent job at bringing the spirit of Bach out in these pieces.

Szeryng and Hasson in the violin concertos also perform splendidly. I've heard more versions of these concertos than I'd like to remember, including Perlman and Hahn, but I still prefer these two lesser-knowns playing alongside the Academy to any other recording, however more "dramatic" they may be. The only way I can describe their playing is "warm" and "uplifting," despite searching for other words less overused.

These recordings have continued to draw me back again and again with their lush sound and spirited playing. With such a deal as this, I'd easily reccomend this set to anybody looking for Bach orchestral works, even if you already own a recording of some of these pieces.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Neville Marriner May 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
These are probably Bach's most beloved and well-known works. His Brandenburg Concertos, Orchestral Suites and Violin Concertos are performed and recorded so frequently that there is a seemingly endless selection of interpretations from which to choose. I chose that of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, and I must say, I made a good choice. The playing is remarkable and the interpretations are fresh. Also, for three CDs, you can't beat the price.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Try Raymond Leppard instead December 29, 2011
By R
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was very excited at first to receive these CDs. After lestining to them, I can't say the same. In every recording the harpsichord is not recorded to the same level as the other instruments. The stringed instruments turn out to be the hero each and every single time. It almost gives it a monophonic feel to it, and is not tantalizingly polyphonic. I really suggest recordings by Raymond Leppard instead if you like the harpsichord. Aside from the solos, Marriner reduces the harpsichord likened to a bass in a jazz ensamble, just to fill in the rhythm. I agree with the other reviewer saying Marriner is more interested in making this sound like big orchestra than Bach.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music And Great Performance March 9, 2010
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Sir Neville Marriner has done an excellent job. It is really great pleasure to listen to the music where everything is just like it should be and you would not do it yourself in another way (I am a professional musician). I recommend this record for everybody who likes baroque music: listening to that is a fantastic experience!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be happy with these September 5, 2011
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This is the only review of any purchase at Amazon that I have made. That said, this set is wonderfully played and an excellent recording as well. The violin concertos, the last 6 tracks on disc 3, are alone worth the price of the set. It doesn't get any better than the masterfull playing of Henryk Szeryng.
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