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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Concerto, BWV 596 / Largo (Concerto, BWV 1056)

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Concerto No. 1 In F, BWV 1046: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto No. 1 In F, BWV 1046: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto No. 1 In F, BWV 1046: III. Allegro
  4. Concerto No. 1 In F, BWV 1046: IV. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto - Polacca - Trio - Menuetto
  5. Concerto No. 2 In F, BWV 1047: I. (Allegro)
  6. Concerto No. 2 In F, BWV 1047: II. Andante
  7. Concerto No. 2 In F, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai
  8. Concerto No. 3 In G, BWV 1048: I. (Allegro moderato)
  9. Concerto No. 3 In G, BWV 1048: II. Adagio
  10. Concerto No. 3 In G, BWV 1048: III. Allegro
  11. Concerto No. 4 In G, BWV 1049: I. Allegro
  12. Concerto No. 4 In G, BWV 1049: II. Andante
  13. III. Presto

Disc: 2

  1. Concerto No. 5 In D, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto No. 5 In D, BWV 1050: Cadenza
  3. Concerto No. 5 In D, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso
  4. Concerto No. 5 In D, BWV 1050: III. Allegro
  5. Concerto No. 6 In B Flat, BWV 1051: I. (Allegro moderato)
  6. Concerto No. 6 In B Flat, BWV 1051: II. Adagio ma non tanto
  7. Concerto No. 6 In B Flat, BWV 1051: III. Allegro
  8. Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 In F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo
  9. Organ Concerto No. 5 In D Minor BWV 596: I. Prelude
  10. Organ Concerto No. 5 In D Minor, BWV 596: II. Sicilienne
  11. Organ Concerto No. 5 In D Minor, BWV 596: III. Toccata


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics Imports
  • ASIN: B00002DDVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By H. Quinn on March 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Only hard-core Bach afficionados looking specifically for the Cortot recordings should invest their money here. These concertos were recorded in 1929 and so the poor quality and scratchiness of the recordings entered my head like water when I was expecting wine. It's good music only if you're willing to accept its raw sound. If you're only a casual listener (like me), skip this CD and buy a recent recording that contains the depth of sound that only today's recording equipment can capture.
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By A Customer on March 16, 2000
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This double CD offers a very fine impression of the way J.S. Bach likes us to understand music.
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This series of recordings was first issued in the early 1930's on red label HMV 78s. It was literally the first complete set of the Brandenburg Concertos ever recorded (pre-dating the famous Busch Chamber Players version by a couple of years). The Chamber orchestra of the Paris Ecole Normale, which Alfred Cortot had founded in 1918, was an ensemble of students and staff put together by Cortot for these sessions.
These are astonishing performances and are well worth a detailed listen, particularly for those who find, as I do, that Cortot was one of the most fascinating musical figures of the twentieth century. First, for sheer lightness and speed, many of Cortot's readings are unique for their time (the Busch set is often heavy and literal in comparison). The pointed articulation and directness of speech imparted by Cortot and matched by his players approaches that of many later "period instrument" ensembles. And when Cortot takes the odd liberty with the score (use of pizzicato in the bass part, for example), it is always to clarify the voice leading and render the music more articulate (Gustav Leonhardt, in his distinguished 1977 recording of these works, made over forty years later, achieved the same effect through use of "period" instruments and the fine articulation which they demand). Cortot's are performances of amazing energy and directness, often astonishingly modern in their outlook, and timeless in their musicianship. Many features of Cortot's insightful musical approach were not explored further until the 1960's, with the advent of the "historical performance" movement. Cortot was, truly, a musician far ahead of his time.
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