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Bach: 6 Brandenburg Concertos / 4 Orchestral Suites Box set

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: The English Concert
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (October 10, 1988)
  • 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: Archiv
  • ASIN: B0000057D8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For the novice making a Bach purchase, you've come to the place. The Brandenbergs are Bach's most famous and readily enjoyable orchestral works. The main concern of purchasing this productions is if you actually WANT an authentic recording. The strings are Baroque instruments, not modern ones. They sound "thin" compared to modern instruments(preferable, in my opinion). The horns, especially noticeable in the #1 and #2, are Baroque horns without modern valves; the accuracy of the notes is not quite Pinnock quality (i.e.: Perfect). On the other hand, this recording is the authentic standard; I actually prefer the instruments to the modern ones. // The Suites are ADD, but the analog part was recorded in 1980 and is of extremely high reproduction quality. You WILL NOT notice a difference. The Harpsichord Concertos (BWV 1052-1065) recorded by the same group under the same label are ADD, equally high quality, and make a wise follow-up purchase.
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The idea of a "perfect recording" is, of course, chimerical. But Trevor Pinnock's "Brandenburg Concertos" and "Orchestral Suites" come pretty close to the mark. There are two factors which put this 3-CD set in the category "very special": One is the sheer musicianship of the young English Concert team. Every soloist seems to want to outdo the others in technical skill, tonal clarity and emotional verve. Listen to Pinnock himself on the harpsichord in the Brandenburg Concert No. 5; listen to Lisa Beznosiuk accompanying him on the traverse flute; listen to Simon Standage, Philip Pickett and Rachel Beckett in Concert No. 4 ... and so the list goes on. This is an unending sequence of instrumental delights, and only someone who dislikes Baroque period instruments on principle will fail to experience heights of enjoyment of this exquisite sound. Which brings me to the second factor: Seldom have I heard such a brilliant recording! Deutsche Grammophon is generally known for superior sound, but this 1982 piece of digital engineering (Brandenburg Concertos) surpasses anything I have ever heard even from this label: Purity, clarity, spaciousness and presence are uniquely combined to provide a listening experience which could hardly be topped.

The Orchestral Suite sound (analogue recording from 1979/1980) is only slightly less brilliant and also deserves great praise. I have listened to a number of rival recordings, but nothing captivates me quite like the the English Concert discs. The only slight question mark could perhaps be put behind the Sixth Brandenburg Concerto, which in its Adagio slow movement seems to lack a little fire.
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These recordings are excellent. Pinnock's Brandenburg concertos remain the standard for period instruments, offering an exceptional combination of musicality and authenticity. The Overtures are also well-done, although I still prefer the readings of Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Koln to these. Still, as a low-priced compilation of Bach's most popular orchestral works, this is an excellent set, and you could do much worse. Those who are new to classical music will find this set to be a great starting point.
As far as interpretation goes, Pinnock's ensemble features fast tempi but never to the point of sounding ridiculous; these are not "authentic for the sake of authentic" performances at all. The one notable exception is the slightly rushed opening of Overture No. 2, although this is not detrimental to the final product. The English Concert plays these works with great joy - listen to Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 in particular - but also with great respect. I have heard too many original instruments ensembles whip through these pieces as if they are burlesques, with overly blatty horns and sloppy out-of-synch strings, which I believe is insulting to Bach's legacy. This isn't pub music; things like tasteful phrasing and accenting don't need to be ignored just because a recording is "historically-informed". One final item worthy of note is Pinnock's abilities as a harpsichordist. His solo at the end of the first movement of Brandenburg No. 5 is the finest rendition I have heard, period. The only slight misfire in my opinion is Brandenburg No. 6; Pinnock takes the first movement a little too fast, and the viola da gambas sound just a little too urgent. I prefer some more space in this movement. That said, the next two movements are very fine and more than make up for it.
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It's quite obviously redundant for me to simply post the same thoughts and sentiments that have already been posted around this set of acclaimed recordings, but some thirty years after first hearing these, I'm still convinced of the musical achievement of this set of recordings, and of their central place in the library of Bach.

Pinnock and The English Consort recorded these pieces just as CD-ROM technology was being developed by Sony and Philips in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The first of these jewel-like plastic discs, which diffracted light falling upon their "digital encoding" substrate, were both mysterious and lustrous, and the sound that was capable of coming out of them represented a true shift in recording technology. The scratches, pops, and hisses that accompanied so many of even our best vinyl records was now gone, and we were free to start listening to music itself, not music and noise mixed into some obscure signal to noise ratio.

Those early days saw a lot of "off-label" releases. As surrounded many other technological innovations, there emerged a race between producers to see who could produce the best examples of what the new technology could achieve, and it surely must be said that there were releases in the early 1980's from completely obscure musical groups and recording labels that were startlingly well done. But the big labels (Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and so on) were also in on the act at the advent of the CD-ROM, and their already established ability to RECORD sound at the performance context was now coupled with this new technology that could DISTRIBUTE sound with little technical interference and with the best dynamic range possible.
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