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Brandenburg Concertos

Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment/Monica Huggett/Elizabeth Wallfisch/Catherine MacKintosh/Alison Bury
28 Nov. 2005 | Format: MP3

£8.19 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 April 1999
  • Release Date: 15 April 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • Copyright: c 1999 EMI Records Ltd.Virgin Classics
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  • Total Length: 1:33:26
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  • ASIN: B001J64C3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,327 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chambers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2008
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At the time of writing, the relevant Amazon pages list 14 CD recordings of Bach's complete Brandenburg Concertos. This particular one can lay a strong claim to being one of the best. It offers a faithful, superbly played and authentically Baroque reading of these evergreen works.

The six concertos that make up the Brandenburgs are very varied - they may not even have been conceived as a set - so it's refreshing to see that no artificial attempt at uniformity is made: the mantle of 'musical director' is shared between three highly accomplished violinists - Monica Huggett, Catherine Mackintosh and Elizabeth Wallfisch.

Technically, concertos four and five offer the greatest challenge. I remember reading somewhere that Bach may never have had the chance to hear such demanding works actually played during his lifetime. A sobering thought. The pieces are played here with verve and precision by Huggett and Malcolm Proud, on violin and harpsichord respectively. The harpsichord solo in the opening Allegro of the fifth concerto is a spellbinding passage which gets increasingly frenetic (almost manic) and prefigures Classical/Romantic cadenzas and much else. Proud is always controlled and introduces subtle variations of tempo and dynamic to avoid sounding prosaic.

Artistically, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment brings a creative engagement to the works without ever putting themselves before JSB. I particularly liked the horns' cross rhythms throwing confusion and an air of modernity into the mix in the first concerto. (Recently, I heard this effect again on radio - by Europa Galante, if memory serves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr Richard Coombs on 10 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Performances are pleasing: proper sense of scale with being overblown, sensible tempi and fine nuances bending/nudging the 'line' of the music. The sound is excellent - at least through my Quad electrostatic loudspeakers: clear, focused, with depth and transparency; no signs of the concerns expressed by others (which there will be with MP3 compression).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Griffiths on 17 Dec. 2011
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This has to be one of the best recording of the Brandenburg Concertos. The variety of the the instrumental groups involved often give complete sets the feeling that they are just a set of different recordings brought together. It's clear from this set that there is a clarity of purpose and consistency across the recording that tie all the concertos together. There are some moments of great beauty like the opening of the Adagio of the first concerto to the pure energy and joy of Mark Bennet's trumpet in the final movement of the second concerto.

Well worth listening to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grace21 on 28 Mar. 2013
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I would recommend this recording. I think this is very happy music and this rendition is particularly graceful and relaxing, being played on original instruments and recorded in churches. It's also about 25 years old, so whilst it's not the sharpest of recordings, the acoustic is lovely. The ebb and flow of diminuendos and crescendos and expression; the balance of tempo, the crispness of the faster passages - you can feel every note.
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The many moods of Bach, his ability to change and manipulate one's emotions, all in one box. Seems like a miracle. Well known from my youth, tunes and harmonies full of happiness and thoughtfulness, Although the original works were made for employers and aristocratic audiences, there is something for everybody here
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So pleased to have received this for my Father as a present. Shipping was ultra quick. Very impressed. Thank you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2013
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I recently re-bought this 1989 recording of Bach's near-ubiquitous "Brandenburg Concertos" in a fit of nostalgia for the late 1980s, early 1990s "period instrument boom", which gave birth to dozens and dozens of recordings when CDs were the shiny new kids on the block. Indeed, I sought out an original release (here Brandenburg Concerti 1-6), in one of those "fat-box" jewel cases, card slipcase, and (most importantly) the oversize booklet. This much more recently released budget version is just the same recording in new clothes and can be had for very little nowadays. I well remember paying, I think, £19.49 in a long-gone shop in Brighton; until some annoying person borrowed it and never gave it back, it was one of my favourite sets of the "Brandenburgs". Partly to reassure myself that my memory was as good as I hoped, I sent off for the second-hand box set from a marketplace seller and it arrived the other day for the grand price of £1.46, including postage.

Was my memory working as it should? Well, yes, I still find this a very good recording (better than Pinnock's rather prissy old "Archiv" set Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestral Suites), but there have been many more recordings since the late 1980s, and, it has to be said, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment set is showing its age.

I also dug out an old "Penguin Guide" (remember when they were really good?) to see what it said:-

"With the direction shared among four violinists, Monica Huggett (Nos 2,4 and 6), Catherine Mackintosh (No.1), Alison Bury (No.
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