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Bach - The Complete Brandenburg Concertos / Pearlman, Boston Baroque Box set

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Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman recorded a splendid set of the Brandenburg Concertos on period instruments in 1993 and 1994. Made entirely in the US, these snappy, crisply articulated, and fluent performances rely heavily on the talents of violinist Daniel Stepner (who doubles as one of the two solo violists in Concerto No. 6). Among the highlights are the joyous finale to Concerto No. 4 and the superb cembalo cadenza in No. 5, played by Pearlman. Along with outstanding sound, there's a winning sense of freshness and discovery in these performances. --Ted Libbey


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  1. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: I. Allegro 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: II. Adagio 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: III. Allegro 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: IV. Menuetto; Trio; Polonaise; Trio 7:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: I. Allegro 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: II. Andante 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: I. Allegro 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: II. Adagio0:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: II. Andante 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: III. Presto 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro 9:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051: I. (Allegro) 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051: II. Adagio ma non tanto 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051: III. Allegro 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque, Christopher Krueger, Marc Schachman, et al.
  • Audio CD (July 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • 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: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D1F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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111 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Mike Powers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This set of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos" is magnificent! The Boston Baroque, under the direction of Martin Pearlman, play on period instruments with freshness and vigor, giving the music that wonderful, slightly "abrasive" quality that I believe baroque music should have. Overall, tempi are faster than more traditional renditions, but never seem rushed. (Faster tempi are probably more in line with Bach's original intentions). The orchestra and conductor make a wonderful team, their enjoyment of the music evident throughout. Sound quality is first-rate. I highly recommend this 2-CD set, especially for those who, like me, enjoy classical music played on period instruments.
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88 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Rahul Siddharthan on May 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I bought this recording after seeing rave reviews here on Amazon and elsewhere. Mostly those reviews are justified. The sound is outstanding, whether because of the period instruments or the quality of recording. The many voices are brought out, especially in the first concerto, as they rarely are on other recordings. The musicianship is outstanding.

Now the things I didn't like (but others may like them):

1. The tempi are way too fast for my taste. One of my favourite movements, the last "allegro" of the third concerto, is played prestissimo, which entirely spoils it for me. And it is not the only one. Most movements are faster than normal, none are slower.

2. In the solo bits -- particularly the cadenza in the fifth concerto -- there is too much rubato. Too often rubato is used as an excuse for disentangling the fingers rather than to add to the music. If it is such a good idea, why is it never used (unless explicitly scored) in the orchestral sections?

3. Bach wrote only two cadence chords for the middle movement of the third concerto. A cadence concludes a movement, but what do they conclude here? Obviously an impromptu movement that a soloist is supposed to conclude. Some performers oblige (eg, Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; the long out-of-print Harry Newstone/Hamburger Kammerorchester). Some cop-out by introducing an extraneous slow movement, from another Bach piece, that ends in the same chords (eg, Menuhin/Bath Festival Orchestra). But the worst sort of cop-out is to just play those two chords and nothing else. Which is what these performers do. Pearlman states sonorously, in the liner notes, that "there is no reason to suppose that anything else is meant to be supplied here..." Oh yes, there is.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amy Newsome on August 22, 2001
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This cd set is marvelous. Too often, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos suffer from tired, overblown, lifeless interpretations. Not in this case, as the Boston Baroque's spirited performance breathes life and personality into these recordings. Martin Pearlman and the Boston Baroque ensemble should be commended for their interpretation. From the first concerto to the sixth, every note is played with a joy that is contagious and is sure to lift the spirit.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I own nearly every Brandenburg recording. This is my favorite. A joy in every respect. Boston Baroque is truly and American treasure. All of their recordings are totally fresh and exhilerating to listen to.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
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I once owned a copy of the Concerti performed by the Chamber Orchestra of the Saar under Karl Ristenpart. I was looking for a recording that would match it for sheer gusto. This recording exceeds it. Mr. Pearlman and the Boston Baroque play with joyful intensity, and the technical quality is terrific.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Hohenzolern@aol.com on August 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
J.S. Bach composed his most famous work- the 6 Brandenburg Concertos to the ruling family of Brandenburg in Germany. These works are exquisite. Pearlman is very masterful and captures the essence of these concertos. The 3rd is a tapestry of sounds, a canon or counterpoint of strings and winds. The concertos are rich and mark the brilliant Baroque period. Any classical fan must have them or at least one. Bach of course, is the Father of Music. His music has left a mark in history and made it possible for later composers to create mastepieces. I highly recommend this recording because Pearlman is the best interpretor of Bach, as Neville Marriner is for Mozart.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
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This performance of the Brandenburg Concertos made me believe that even music played a zillion times can still be exciting like a first listening. The Boston Baroque/Perelmann performnace is breath taking. Highly recomanded, even to people how think they can not stand another performnace of the Brandenburgs.
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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful By James Choma VINE VOICE on April 7, 2004
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I was always a fan of Mozart. To me, classical music was Mozart and only Mozart. That was until I heard the Brandenburg Concertos. These six movements opened my eyes and ears to the beautiful music of J.S. Bach.
This two disc set by the Boston Baroque to me is the quintessential interpretation. There are many other very good versions out there, but this one seems to stick out head and shoulders above the rest.
If you are a fan of music and don't have any Bach in your collection, get this. Young, old, middle-age, this is music that can (and should) be enjoyed by any generation. While Mozart's music is undeniably beautiful, Bach's works take first place in my opinion. This CD is a wonderful example why.
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