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This impressive set containing the first three Brandenburgs features some dazzling virtuosity, which may put off listeners used to more leisurely tempos and less fiery fast movements. Your head will be swirling after the lightning fast Allegro of No. 3. But those who love their Bach nice and lively--and appreciate the unique expressive capabilities and timbre of period instruments--will feast long and happily on this recording. --David Vernier

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listen15. J.S. Bach: Suite No.1 in C, BWV 1066 - 6. Bourrée I-II 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln
  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (March 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Prod Import
  • ASIN: B0000057FD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on April 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a copy of my review of all six Brandenburgs as originally released:

Why does Mr. Goebel play his violin so fast, daddy?
Because he can, son.

I suppose that's not an adequate answer. Most of the negative reviews of this performance express outrage at Goebel's tempi, but in fact the only movements of the six Brandenburg Concertos that might be considered abnormally fast are the second of #3 and the first of #6. Otherwise Goebel sets consistently playable tempi, with maximum contrast between the allegros and the adagios. To my ear, the breakneck fiddling on the allegro of #3 sounds authentically thrilling; anyone would have to admit that it's very well played.

What's so darn good about Bach, anyway? Some people may never know. To really appreciate Bach, you need to hear all the voices - all the lines - simultaneously. It's a listening skill not everyone has, and an intellectual mode of listening more than an emotional one. Not that Bach can't be appreciated emotionally! That would be an absurd assertion. But to really hear Bach, you need to follow the counterpoint instinctively, to make sense of three, four, five instruments in a conversation where they all play at once. That's what's so very darn good about Musica Antiqua Koeln's performance of the Brandenburgs: all the lines speak clearly. The precision and balance of the ensemble creates an astonishing musical transparency. I know the Brandenburgs very well; I've played the bassoon and recorder parts in concert. I've been buying and listening to new recordings of them since I was a teenager in the 1950s. Even so, when I listen to this performance by MAK, I invariably "hear" exchanges between parts that I never noticed before. I hear the distinct eloquence of the inner voices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arne Sande on June 21, 2011
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I'd like to add some information to Mr Bruno's inspired review: This is about the sound. Since I had an older incarnation of Goebel's 1987 recordings of nos. 4-6 of the Brandenburgs, I was astonished to hear the much better sound image of this later, luxury version, and studying the booklet, this was confirmed by the statement "Newly remastered for this release". I can only assume it was recorded in high resolution originally. (The same goes for other "Masters" releases, they all have vastly improved sound.)

Goebel's own description of the music can be used about the interpretation and playing: "astringent, rough, surprising and sometimes unlike anything else [unerhört], grandiose and startling."

Il Giardino Armonico's 1997 versions may be more fun, but don't go without Goebel's very serious and impressive statement from 1987. Even if you have the original release, the aural improvement here is worth investing in the newer reissue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Considine on July 30, 2007
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If you like period instrument performances which capture the spirit of the music, you will not be disappointed. The best Brandenburgs in my collection. Once in a lifetime achievement. This one sparkles.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
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I have heard this group perform live, and they are absolutely incredible. This recording is no exception. I have actually heard a rumor that they will no longer perform Concerto 3 in concert because they feel that they can never reach the level of perfection that they did on this CD. This is the only version of the Brandenburgs you'll every need. A must have!!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stephen on March 1, 2014
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These aren't very good.
Most of the playing is of such speed that even with good headphones I can hear only 3 out of 4 notes in the quicker movements.

I have a number of versions of these concertos - the second Karajan version on DG is practically too slow, though the string tone on, especially, no 6, is the sweetest I have heard ... anywhere - and I am coming to the conclusion that each concerto, having distinctiveness, would best be handled by first rate soloists, hence, my preferred choice would have to be I Musici on Phillips, with Gazzeloni and Holliger, etc.

My next purchase, then ...
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