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Bach, Js : Brandenburg Concertos Nos 1 - 6 [1964]


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On Friday 2 October 2009 Nikolaus Harnoncourt was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Gramophone awards ceremony in London.

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  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B002QZPVDS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major BWV1046 : I [Allegro] 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major BWV1046 : II Adagio 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major BWV1046 : III Allegro 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major BWV1046 : IV Menuetto - Polacca 9:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major BWV1047 : I [Allegro] 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major BWV1047 : II Andante 3:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major BWV1047 : III Allegro assai 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major BWV1048 : I [Allegro] 6:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major BWV1048 : II [Adagio]0:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major BWV1048 : III Allegro 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major BWV1049 : I Allegro 7:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major BWV1049 : II Andante 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major BWV1049 : III Presto 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major BWV1050 : I Allegro11:16Album Only
Listen15. Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major BWV1050 : II Affetuoso 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major BWV1050 : III Allegro 5:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat major BWV1051 : I [Allegro] 6:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat major BWV1051 : II Adagio, ma non troppo 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat major BWV1051 : III Allegro 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2013
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Years ago, the Austrian conductor Felix Weingartner orchestrated Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata (an incredibly difficult piano work). A critic likened this exercise to getting to the summit of Everest by helicopter. I had similar thoughts when I listened to this recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos directed by Harnoncourt on original instruments and listening to Karajan's contemporaneous version of the same works with the incredibly slick Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

This recording was made in 1964 and I am sure must be the first to have been made on instruments made in Bach's day or copies of those instruments. At the time, there was no 'original instruments' industry and the levels of execution were not as polished as later performances. So you will get all the things that turn people off HIP performances. The strings lack the bloom that the Berlin Philharmonic enjoys. The natural valve-less trumpets and horns do not have perfect intonation and ease of production.

However, I absolutely love these performances, warts and all. There is a kind of honesty and integrity in them that sleek Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic somehow lack. Nothing sounds 'manufactured' - I feel that Bach's vision is more readily communicated. For one thing, you get far more notes - inner detail and part writing is exposed and the listener gets to register so much more music. Karajan, by comparison, tends to smother much of this detail.

Unlike in other HIP performances, these are not performed at a breakneck pace. There is a naturalness in all the tempi here and I found little to question.

Please don't take my comments on Karajan as criticism. I enjoyed his performances as well - the sounds are gorgeous and enjoyable in their turn.
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