Bach – Brandenburg Concertos

Academy of Ancient Music

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, like his ‘goldberg’ Variations, have become one of the most famous and popular collections of instrumental music. they are perhaps rivalled only by the first third of Vivaldi’s op.8, The Four Seasons. At the date of writing these notes, having entered ‘Bach Brandenburg concertos’ into a particular e-store’s search engine,?I was offered 463 ‘hits’. over the last fifty years, (since thurston dart’s 1954 recording, and Harnoncourt’s ‘first’ 1964 period- instrument recording) the desire to present the Brandenburgs in a newer, better and more historically ‘correct’ manner has increased rapidly. Brandenburg fever inspires great passion. And why not? these six concertos represent one of the glories of the instrumental repertoire. 
Each ‘new’ version seems to require justification, particularly those on period instruments. too much ink has been spilled because of this, and more and more heated (and sometimes irrelevant) debate over historical and instrumentation issues ensues. the Brandenburg story should be very familiar to the Reader.1 these concertos were presented in a fair-copy full score, dated 24 march 1721, to the margrave of Brandenburg. Using this simple fact as a point of discussion, here is a small sample of the debate:- the manuscript is presumed to have been a gift to stimulate Bach’s advancement with the margrave. there is no acknowledgement of receipt or thanks whatsoever from the margrave. the ‘job application’ seems thus to have failed. the manuscript remained in the margrave’s library, unloved and unplayed.

 

Tracklist

1.
Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - I. Allegro
04:10
2.
Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - II. Adagio
03:09
3.
Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - III. Allegro
04:29
4.
Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - IV. Menuet - Trio -Menuet - Poloinesse - Menuet - Trio - Menue
09:51
5.
Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 - I. Allegro
05:11
6.
Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 - II. Andante
03:20
7.
Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 - III. Allegro Assai
02:46
8.
Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 - I. Allegro - Adagio
05:56
9.
Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 - II. Allegro
05:05
10.
Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 - I. Allegro
07:07
11.
Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 - II. Andante
03:23
12.
Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 - III. Presto
04:16
13.
Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 - I. Allegro
10:36
14.
Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 - II. Affetuoso
05:28
15.
Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 - III. Allegro
05:14
16.
Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051 - I. Allegro
05:39
17.
Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051 - II. Adagio ma non tanto
04:48
18.
Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051 - III. Allegro
05:39

Total time: 01:36:07

Additional information

Label

SKU

HMU907461_62

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Mastering Engineer

Brad Michel

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Original Recording Format

Producer

Robina G. Young

Recording Engineer

Brad Michel

Recording location

St. Jude's on the Hill, Hampstead Garden, London UK

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date May 4, 2014

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