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Brandenburg Concerti 1-3 / Triple Concerto

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After about half a dozen years in limbo, Ton Koopman's marvelous 1983 readings with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra are back on the shelf at mid-price, though still on two single discs. The accent in these elegant, flowing performances is on variety--in the texture, in the ornamentation, and in matters of phrasing and articulation. The executants' voicing of the counterpoint is quite effective, as is their pointing of rhythm, which underscores the fact that so much of this music comes from the dance. Erato's sound is quite appealing, though the discs have been mastered at a rather high level. --Ted Libbey

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Brandenberg Concerto No. 1 in F Major BWV 1046: I. Allegro
  2. Brandenberg Concerto No. 1 in F Major BWV 1046: II. Adagio
  3. Brandenberg Concerto No. 1 in F Major BWV 1046: III. Allegro
  4. Brandenberg Concerto No. 1 in F Major BWV 1046: IV. Menuetto-Trio-Polacca-Trio II
  5. Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 in G major BWV 1048: I. Allegro
  6. Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 in G major BWV 1048: II. Adagio
  7. Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 in G major BWV 1048: III. Allegro
  8. BrandenbergConcerto No.2 in F Major BWV 1047: I. Allegro Moderato
  9. BrandenbergConcerto No.2 in F Major BWV 1047: II. Andante
  10. BrandenbergConcerto No.2 in F Major BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai
  11. Triple Concerto BWV 1044 in A Minor: I. Allegro
  12. Triple Concerto BWV 1044 in A Minor: I. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce
  13. Triple Concerto BWV 1044 in A Minor: III. Alla breve


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000005E4U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After listening to many recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos this is my favorite. It manages to combine the discipline and order required for performing Baroque music with the passion and beauty that is also vital to that period's music. The instruments used sound as if they are of the highest quality and authenticity. A fantastic recording, I cannot imagine that there is a better one.
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Previously, during my discussion of Raymond Leppard's modern readings, I mentioned I was evaluating a number of authentic instruments versions of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. I indicated also that I found the authentic style of presentation preferable to the modern. A good deal of listening to both styles has put things in more balanced perspective for me. While I do enjoy the authentic approach, I realize it is not necessarily more fulfilling than the modern. Clearly, what matters most is the quality of the performance that is given. It seems a good deal not only has to do with instrumental colors and textures but also tempos and nuances. I still stand by my favorite modern version of the Brandenburgs with Leppard and the English Chamber Orchestra, however choosing a favorite for the earlier instruments has not been a simple matter. I have managed to whittle things down to Koopman and Leonhardt. The level of play offered by both is excellent. In some individual instances, I prefer one over the other, however on balance I lean slightly toward Koopman. First, though the sound given by the recording crews is fine for both conductors, that given to Koopman and his Amsterdam players is more open and ambient, therefore helping to illuminate various nuances which Koopman seems a bit better at revealing. In general, I also find he and his group play with more flair than Leonhardt's ensemble. There seems to be a greater sense of liveliness, especially in most of the allegros, though Koopman could have offered more sparkle in the allegro assai of Brandenburg 2, and he seems outdone by Leonhardt in the third movement allegro of Brandenburg 5 when it comes to color and spirit.Read more ›
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By A Customer on January 23, 1999
These recordings of the Brandenburgs are the best I've ever heard. The only ones that come close are Trevor Pinnock's efforts from the same period of time. Koopman is a practioner of the "authentic" baroque sound, or the use of period instruments to achieve that sound. The success of the effort is arguable. The beauty of the recording is not. Buy them!
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These are wonderfully played and recording, especially for a DDD release in 1985. The Triple Concerto is a real treat. Along with Tafelmusic, these are my favorite Brandenburgs.
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Hector is right. It's hard to imagine improving on these recordings. The production is terrific, giving each instrument a vivid presence. Great performances too.
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