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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Nos. 1, 2, 3

The English Concert , Trevor Pinnock , J. S. Bach Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B0000057CB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Version 3 Feb 2013
By Jeff
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For me, this is an outstanding version, both in terms of the musical interpretation and the audio quality. I cannot recommend it highly enough. But what do I know? :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnock's Bach Brandeburgs will wear well for years to come. 11 Nov 2005
By Alan Majeska - Published on Amazon.com
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Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert, a period instrument chamber orchestra, recorded all 6 Bach Brandenburg Concertos in the early 1980s for DG Archiv, and their recordings have been in the catalog in various CD compilations, in sets, or with other discmates, ever since. These were the early days of digital recordings, and I bought this and the other disc of Bach:Brandenburg Concertos 4,5,6, in 1987, the year after obtaining my first CD player. Pinnock's Bach is middle of the road, yet uses lean textures and period instruments to create a clear, bright texture. Allegros are spritely without being breathless, and the recorded sound is excellent. These recordings are joyful and bright, sure to alleviate the cares one faces after a busy day at the office, shop, factory, or wherever one works.

I won't go into detail about each movement within each Concerto, but all are on a very high level of playing and sound. I would also call it "a period instrument recording for those who don't like period instruments." I give this a 100%, 5 star recommendation.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless 9 Jan 2002
By Popescu Lucian - Published on Amazon.com
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An absolute must for all Bach experienced listeners. Trevor Pinnock gives an utmost performance in great respect to what Bach had intended to be perfomed. Orchestration is predictably brilliant with English Concert among World's most prodiguous Baroque orchestras. Some have complainted for a certain lack of "feeling" in interpretation, but we must always keep in mind that Bach was Baroque, never a Romantic. Chopin-like interpretations are very unfortunate in Bach's works. Nevertheless everybody seems to aggree with the rock solid, unhesitating performance and top sound quality this CD offers. When I've first heard this album tears poored out of my eyes: "This is Bach", I thought. I felt in 1720 near the Margrave of Brandenburg listening to Bach himself.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my treasured disks 6 July 2002
By Craig Matteson - Published on Amazon.com
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Trevor Pinnock brought his English Concert to Ann Arbor a couple of years ago and did the complete Brandenburg Concertos. It was a great night. I had this disk and the companion disk of 4,5 & 6 before the live concert, but the live performance illuminated a few things and, of course, I love live music the best.
However, this disk has many virtues. The first concerto is a big complicated thing with all kinds of wonderful sonic combinations of instruments. This version has dignity but is also full of life. The slow movement is exquisitly performed with a wonderfully shared line between the oboe and solo violin. The Allegro is effusive and fun. The Menuetto and its trios and the Polacca is one of my favorite pieces. I might be alone in this, but I love the feel of movement and contrast.
The famous second concerto is performed superlatively. The natural trumpet soaring and brilliant without taking away from all the other music going on. Knowing what overtone series that natural trumpet requires I am always surprised these guys don't injure themselves playing this kind of music. They do get very red in the face, I can tell you!
I love the third concerto for strings. It is another piece that is amazing to SEE performed. Watching the lines and music develop in a small ensemble does add to the enjoyment of the music. But you get a great deal from listening for that in this great recording.
You will be glad to have this and its companion in your collection.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superduper 5 Dec 2001
By Mathieu de Oliveira - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I wouldn't consider myself a connoisseur of classical music, but I found this interpretation of the Brandenburg Concertos (Brandendurgische Konzerte for the purists) to be incredible- enough to write my first review ever on Amazon!! I stumbled upon it while rifling through a pile of my parents' cassettes. I wanted to get it on CD but made the mistake of buying another interpretations which was so slow- it totally sucked the life out of it (although eerily beautiful for the adagio in Concerto #1). I finally shelled over 35$ for the expanded three CD set by Trevor Pinnock. The tempo is vigorous and the sound very crisp. Think of driving on a beautiful fall day. Its cheesy but the image is appropriate.
5.0 out of 5 stars God save the British! 7 Mar 2014
By TONY L. ENGLETON CNMT - Published on Amazon.com
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03-07-2014 Here is the sublime English Concert in the first 3 Brandenburg concerti of J.S. Bach, written in 1718-1721 while the composer was stationed at the court in Cothen, where he was Kapellemeister
They are here recorded by this wonderfulEnglish group under the astute leadership of the ever youthful appearing Trevor Pinnock for the DGG label. Contained on one disk these works rune a total of just over the 43 minute mark and I think DGG should of given us a filler for the price. Still, for their tasteful scholarship, accuracy of performance stanmdards and actual sound, they are very, very good. The recording technique allows us to hear each individual soloist with clarity and full, rich tone. Concerto #1 opens with the option of the tempo to be selected by the performers, and not indicated by the composer. This is highly unusual but the EC gets it right by selecting a stately and sunny rolling pace that feels quite comfortable. As Duke Elington once said, "If it sounds good, it IS good." This applies nicely to these performances The Concerto #1 is in F and is scored for 2 horns, 3 oboes, a bassoon and strings, plus the harpsichord, as this instrument is heard in all three of these Brandenburgs. It runs for 19:51 and is the longest of the three in this set. The Adagio is a deeply felt and melodic tune , with a solos oboe taking the lead, that is then passed off to violins. The music is dark and mournful, but has an austere beauty about it, nonetheless. The lower strings are rather mellow and full bodied. I like this movement quite a bit. The happy and sunny Allegro that follows is bright and filled with luminescence. with a slightly quicker tempo to it. The finale is a four part composition beginning with a Menuetto, in a graceful and dipping rhythm and a catchy little tune I found hummable immediately. it is followed without break by a trio. One that has run it's course, there is a Polish dance, a Polacca. The horns return at the 05:06 or so, and carrying with it that trio melody to the end. This last m movement I found tedious and too lengthy with the trio theme merely being repeated over and over.
Now, for the best of the 3 Brandenburgs on this CD, the Concerto #2 for Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, violin and harpsichord continuo. It has a lively and rhythmically sunny disposition and draws a smile from your truly. This is happy, dignified and stately music of an upbeat nature and shows Bach's genius as an improvisor and inventor of melody and harmony. The tempo is perfect and the blending of these diverse instruments is impressive, to say the least. The 2nd movement Andante features another plaintive and slightly mournful idea, exquisitely pouring out of these players, with the soloists warmly supported . the miking is superb and the electronic pick-up couldn't be better. DGG did a splendid job here, as they also did in the second set of the Brandenburgs, There are several complete sets of these masterpieces available today, and I have the I Music grouping along with these artists. there is, of course, a set by Karl Munchinger as well as by Karl Richter with the Munich Bach Soloists. Don't over look the recording by Jaap Schroder and Concerto Amsterdam as well as the Japanese conductor ______________ and his fine set .
The last Concerto on this DGG Archive CD is the 3rd Concerto, in G, it is scored for 3 groups of strings, almost impossible to detect by listening only. Each of the three string groups contain the following:3 violins, 3 vili, 3 celli plus a harpsichord and a solo Violone, a miniature fiddle with a noticeable high pitvh, sort of like the Cornett in the trumpet family. Pinnock's tempo here I thought a tad too brisk, but certainly within limits. Just a little slower and it would be perfect. This deducts a fraction of a point from my rating as I give it a 4>75 star rating and a very high recommendation. A scholarly and completely enjoyable disk and one you will return to time and again for the glory of Bach. Don't hesitate, buy yours toady and enjoy! God bless all, Tony.
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