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Complete Orchestral Suites

Hybrid SACD

3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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There is no dearth of recordings of the Bach Orchestral Suites, but this new one goes right to the top of the list of recommended performances. Pearlman and his Boston Baroque play on period instruments but there is never any stridency in the strings, none of the odd pressured quality that can creep into "historically informed" readings. The 3rd and 4th suites, the most heavily scored, are given truly rousing readings, with the trumpets and timpani making a joyful noise and the oboes and bassoon audible and very welcome in the mix---the recording is well-balanced. The first suite has prominent wind parts as well, and Pearlman weaves them in and out of the orchestral fiber effectively, as the music indicates. The tricky Suite No. 2 is often presented as a type of flute concerto, but Pearlman has the solo flute backed up by multiple strings in the grander passages and reduces them to solos when the flute has its own melodic line. And most importantly, he realizes that the movements of all the suites are dances, and so the music, in its own, French Baroque way, swings. The recording is as fine as the performances, which is to say, remarkable. --Robert Levine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: Ouverture
  2. Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: Gavotte
  3. Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: Menuet 1 & 2
  4. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Ouverture
  5. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Courante
  6. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Gavotte 1 & 2
  7. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Forlane
  8. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Menuet 1 & 2
  9. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Bourrée 1 & 2
  10. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Passepied 1 & 2
  11. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Ouverture
  12. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  13. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Gavotte 1 & 2
  14. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Gigue
  15. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Ouverture
  16. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Rondeau
  17. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Sarabande
  18. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Polonaise, Double
  19. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Menuet
  20. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie


Product details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0001XAJUM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,015 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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