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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B0000057CC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The quality of performance, albeit an old recording, shines through. The playing is crisp and distinctive making the whole Bach experience a pleasure to hear.
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Top notch, perhaps best version for music lay person
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Wonderful sounds - glorious music - Makes you want to dance 6 July 2002
By Craig Matteson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The English Concert led by Trevor Pinnock performed the complete Brandenburg Concertos here in Ann Arbor in the last year or two and it was a great concert. Hill Auditorium has good acoustics but it is a bit big for such intimate music and for period instruments that were never built for a hall seating thousands of people. However, we were all VERY quiet and listened closely. Our hearing adjusted and we enjoyed every note.
Here are the last three of the six concertos. Four is the concerto featuring the virtuoso violin playing. I think it is done terrificly on this recording. It doesn't have to be polished like a twentieth century jewel. What we want is passion, fire, and joy in the music. We get that here along with some wonderful record playing in the third movement.
The fifth is the keyboard concert (well, harpsichord). Mr. Pinnock does a wonderful job of making his playing the center piece without losing the lines going on all around him. Many people find this their favorite concerto. It isn't mine, but I do love it.
Six is strings and continuo (harpsichord). It was surprisingly visual in concert to see the various combinations of players tossing the lines of music back and forth. Stunning. Now that I have seen it I can hear it on this disk.
The tempi are bright and full of life without being an athletic contest. This with the disk of the first three are two of my treasured disks.
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Neither here nor there 16 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The sound is pretty good, so you hear all of the instruments clearly ("I didn't know that was a recorder!"). But this set is curiously unengaging. Some gusto would have helped considerably. I like Pinnock's "Orchestral Suites" much better---the "English style" if I may is better suited to those pieces than the lusty Brandenburgs. Not a bad set, but if I find one that's better, out the window it goes. Strange; Pinnock's recordings of Bach harpsichord pieces are usually dynamite.
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Wonderful Brandenburgs 6 Jan. 2003
By S. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Spirited, energetic playing under the direction a genius of Baroque music makes these Brandenburg Concertos a must to own. The recordings exude warmth and vitality. Anyone looking to purchase a recording of the Brandenburg's, especially on period instruments, would be well served by selecting the English Concert's recordings.
ThankGod for the English!!! 5 Jan. 2014
By NUC MED TECH - Published on Amazon.com
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01-05-14 If I've said it once , I've said it a dozen times , but it bears repeating, Than God for the English! I am continually amazed at the level of scholrship and dilligence shown by the Brits in just about everything of value when it comes to academia, science, arts, humanities etc. They really aRE THE EDUCATORS OF THE WORLD, AND IF , GOD FORBID< THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS WERE TO BE LOST, OUR EARTH WIL;L HAVE LOST A MAJOR ABUNDANCE OF KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM. BUT, WE NEEDN'T WORRY BECAUSE THIS GREAT THINK TANK OF EUROPE IS ALIVE AND WELL. AS A PART GERMANIC, PART SWISS DESCENDANT OF MY GREAT GRANDFATHER, FROM BERN SITZERLAND, I AM JEALOUS OF THISE WHO CAN TRACE THEIR ROOTS TO ENGLAND, BUT I AM STILL AN ANGLOPHILE", IN THE HIGHEST SENSE. NO MATTER WHAT THE MUSIC, I AM ALWAYS INTERESTED IN THE ENGLISH INTERPRETATION OF ANY PIECE OF MUSIC. MORE THAN NOT, I FIND IT EITHER A TOP PERFORMANCE OR ONE CERTAINLY WORTHY OF collectingto my librry. Of course, my ancesters, the Austro-Germanic cultures are some of the best , ,particularly in the sciences, like physics, mathematics, chemistry and the like, aND THE ALTIME LIST OF NOBELISTS FROM GERMANY IS LONG AND IMPRESSIVE. AS A RETIRED NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST, I HAVE AN EEN GREATER ADMIRATION FOR PEOPLE LIKE ROENTGHEN, RUTHERFORD, CURIE, BOHR AND , OF COURSE, EINSTEIN, WHOM I SOMETRIMES THINK WASN'T EVEN A HUMAN BUT SOME ANGEL SENT TO EARTH TO TEACH US PHYSICS AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCIENTISTS EVERYWHERE. BUT, BCK TO MERRY OLDE" AND THIS TERRIFIC CD FROM THE FOLKS AT " DGG ARKIV". Contained herein are the 4th, 5th and 6th Brandenburg Concerti of J.S.Bach, written in a 3 year period between 1718 to 1721. Bach was Kapellmeister at Cothen in Germany On Mazrch 24, 1721 Bach sent the scores to the margrave Christian Ludwig the youyngest son of the Elector frederick william, who had a small Berlin orchestra The title of 'brandenburg was given to these works by Bach scholar Phillip Spitta, and the title has, of course, stuck ever since. THE ENGLISHJ CONCERT IS LED , FROM THE HARPSICORD BY IT'S FOUNDER AND MUSIC DIRECTOR TREVOR PINNOCK, NOW A 67 YEAR OLD CONDUCTOR STILL WORKING WITH ORCHESTRAS AND SMALL GROUPS, BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE "ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT" WORLD, ONE HE CHAMPIONED FDOR THEW 30 YEARS HE WAS AT THE HELM of this superb ensemble. He stepped down in 2006 or so, and has certainly left his imprint on the group and the style of performance we know as the Baroque. He and the Concert have done a lot of Handel, Mozart, rammeau, Haydn AND THE LIKE BUT, NATURALLY, THE LARGEST BLOCK OF RELEASES IS OF THE MUSIC OF J.S.BACHwhich is what we ewill look at in thei review. These concerti were recorded in analog , taped in 1982 in Henry Wood Hall, which suprised me. I would of thought they would use a smaller venue like the chapels at Oxford or King's College or some other intimate location. Why Henry Wood, I hAVE no clue, but it Does work, and work nicely!
The 4th Concerto is in the key of G Major and runs a short 15:23 with three movements, as are all these pieces, none over 20:02 in timings. A total CD length of 52:11 and, despite it's label, this DGG Arkiv production is a fine bargain. The booklet is, aS ALWAYS WITH DGG Arkiv, a valuable item, in three languages and filled with interesting information.The 4th Concerto is scored for violin, a pair of recorders and strings and Pinnock's tempo is comfortable and easily flowing so that we can hear virtually every note in this beautiful and charming work. The slightly shrill sound of the recorders is always welcome and substituting flutes for them would be a significant mistake, so thisa original instrument performance is rigfht on target. As the principal violin moves in and out of the music, over, under and around the themes, it's entries are smooth and quite lyrical. The technique is authentic BaCH, FOR SURE, AS WE CAn't resist the temptation to put aqway the keyboard and simply lister, instead of analyze. I'll treat myself later, but for now, I'll do my best to examine this miraculous music. I would venture to guess it has been the better part of a year since I last listened to this entire CD and now, it is almost like hearing it for the first time. I aM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE CONCERT'S VIRTUOSITY. WOW!! he second movement, is an "Andante," played a bit slower than I expected, but deffinately NOT sluggish. It is, rather moving and dignified.There is a hint of remorse and tragedy in this part that Bzach conveys very eloquently. Some folks might be tempted to nap during this part but, ,remaining attentive and alert hasx it's rewards for sure. This is not passive elevator music, but rather intimate personal edye to eye, or perhasps heart-to-heart music intended to reach into the listener with it's gentle and calm message. Stay awake! You will niot be disappointed, but warmly rewarded. The tail end of the andante leads right into the finale, marked as a "Presto," and it is most noticeable in the soloists rapid and sprite playing, particularly the lead violin, the recorders having receded somewhat.. In fact, there is a hint of a CADENZA in the 2-3 minute region of this brief 4:44 movement. I was left wispering to myself, Morer,More,More!! But, alas, it is over and if this 4th Concerto was the only orchestral music I was familiar with from the great Bach, I would become an instant fan, digging for more works of his. The BraNDENBURG CONCERTO #5 IS IN D-MAJOR AND FEATURES harpsicord, violin, flute and strings. The longest of these three works on this disk, it runs a healthy 20:02, with the masterful Trevor Pinnock at the harpsicord of the 9:45 1st movement. The soloists, violin, and recorder are always audible even when the keyboard is played fairly louidly and quick. This movemnt is often played in a manner that squeezes out the violin and/or recorder.
The slow middle movement is marked "Affetuoso and runs for 5:10
Right in the sweet spot 5 Feb. 2014
By D. Castro - Published on Amazon.com
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The English Concert have struck a perfect balance in these recordings (including the disk with Cti. 1, 2, & 3) between authentic performance practice on period instruments and accessibility. My biggest gripe with early music ensembles is the trend toward idiosyncratic performances that smack of either pretense or simply self-indulgence (I'm looking at you, Musica Antiqua Köln...).

To give just one example, in many of the "historically informed" performances of these pieces the holds on the last chord of a movement are short to the point of being abrupt. I'm not sure where this practice comes from, but it's unnecessary and the English Concert provide proof of this in these recordings.

I can't recommend these recordings highly enough.
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