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J. S. Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-4 [Hybrid SACD]

Diego Fasolis , I Barocchisti Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Arts Music
  • ASIN: B000KX0GTM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part I (J.S. Bach) 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part II (J.S. Bach) 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part III (J.S. Bach) 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part IV (J.S. Bach)0:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part V (J.S. Bach) 1:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part VI (J.S. Bach)0:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part VII (J.S. Bach) 1:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 In F Major, Bwv 1046 - Part VIII (J.S. Bach)0:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part IX (J.S. Bach) 1:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 - Part X (J.S. Bach) 1:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 - Part I (J.S. Bach) 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 - Part II (J.S. Bach) 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 - Part III (J.S. Bach) 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 - Part I (J.S. Bach) 5:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 - Part II (J.S. Bach) 4:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 - Part I (J.S. Bach) 6:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 - Part II (J.S. Bach) 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 - Part III (J.S. Bach) 4:510.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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The period music ensemble 'I Barocchisti' presents a stunning new SACD (Hybrid) recording of the first four of J.S. Bach's masterful collection of pieces known as the "Brandenburg Concertos".

The Brandenburg Concertos are a highlight of one of the happiest and most productive periods in Bach's life. At the time he wrote them, Bach was the Kapellmeister in the small town of Coethen, where he was composing music for the court. They were written there for the Margrave of Brandenburg who it seems showed very little interest in them. Consequently it's likely that Bach himself presided over the first performances at home in Coethen. The title didn't appear until 150 years later, when Bach's biographer Philipp Spitta referred to them as the "Brandenburg" Concertos. The six pieces were concieved as a set and compiled and re-worked from short instrumental sinfonias and concerto movements that Bach had already written, and require different combinations of soloists which are set alongside concertante groups of various sizes and instrumentation.

Concerto No. 1 is the only one in the collection with four movements, the last of which is an extensive sequence, consisting of a minuet played four times with a separate trio section for each of the intervals. The second concerto includes a particularly demanding part for solo tumpet, whereas the third is written for stringed instruments and continuo. Concerto No. 4 features two recorders and a particularly virtuosic violin part in the outer movements.

The period music ensemble 'I Barocchisti' is led by the Swiss violinist and mandolin player Duilio Galfetti, and perform in variable numbers ranging from 5 to 40 members. They have made several critically-acclaimed recordings for 'Arts', including a particularly successful account of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suites.

Personnel:
I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis (conductor and harpsichord)

Soloists:
Duilio Galfetti - (violin), Thomas Müller, Raul Diaz - (natural horns), Gabriele Cassone - (natural trumpet), Emiliano Rodolfo - (oboe), Maurice Steger - (recorder, Concertos 2 & 4), Stefano Bet - (recorder, Concerto No. 4)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, wow, and wow! 13 April 2011
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Absolutely spectacular performance!

Amazing 5.1 SACD audio.

This, I think, could be considered the essential SACD recording of the, let's face it, well represented Brandenburg Concertos. Unusually for SACDs, there are quite a number of SACD recordings on the market giving us a rare choice. But that choice becomes redundant with Fasolis' absolutely beautiful account. Somewhat annoyingly the six pieces, across two discs, are sold separately. Obviously it would have made sense to pair them, but this is a very, very minor quibble.

These discs are not the cheapest SACDs on the market, but they more than make up for price.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE JOY!!! 28 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
This review is of the multi-channel SACD layer listened to in 5.1 surround sound.

The Performances
The performance of Bach's Brandenburg concertos with I Barocchisti directed by Diego Fasolis is by far the best performance I've ever heard on original instruments and I've heard all of the following:

English Chamber - Raymond Leppard
The English Concert - Trevor Pinnock
Musica Antiqua Koln - Reinhard Goebel
La Petite Bande - Sigiswald Kuijken
Concentus Musicus - Nikolaus Harnoncourt (both the early analog recording and the newer digital recording)
Leonhardt Consort - Gustav Leonhardt
The Academy of Ancient Music - Christopher Hogwood
Le Concert Des Nations - Jordi Savall

Good as these groups are, none of them quite capture Bach's Brandenburgs with as much passion as I Barocchisti infuses into these performances. I Barocchisti's dramatic arches, inflections and phrasing are new and extraordinarily right on, making the Brandenburgs even more exciting and joyful. For example, in concerto No. 1 final movement, the variations never become monotonous as they do in some of the other recordings especially Harnoncourt's. I Barocchisti's melodic lines are extremely well etched and varied. I don't want to give you any more detail so you can discover the many joys yourself. One gets a sense of PURE JOY in these performances, the essence of Bach!

The Recording
The original instruments sound so gorgeous in this 5.1 SACD (an original 5.1 channel 24-bit 96kHz recording converted to DSD for the SACD format) it was truly like having them in my room with me. The details of the performance and the earthy textures of the original instruments (especially the viola da gambas in No. 6) made for an experience I'll never forget. The engineers have captured the reverberation and ambience of the medium size recording venue, the Auditorium RSI, Lugano Switzerland, beautifully!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE JOY!!!!!! 28 Jun 2008
By ClassicalMusicLover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This review is of the multi-channel SACD layer listened to in 5.1 surround sound.

The Performances
The performance of Bach's Brandenburg concertos with I Barocchisti directed by Diego Fasolis is by far the best performance I've ever heard on original instruments and I've all of the following:

English Chamber - Raymond Leppard
The English Concert - Trevor Pinnock
Musica Antiqua Koln - Reinhard Goebel
La Petite Bande - Sigiswald Kuijken
Concentus Musicus - Nikolaus Harnoncourt (both the early analog recording and the newer digital recording)
Leonhardt Consort - Gustav Leonhardt
The Academy of Ancient Music - Christopher Hogwood
Le Concert Des Nations - Jordi Savall

Good as these groups are, none of them quite capture Bach's Brandenburgs with as much passion as I Barocchisti infuses into these performances. I Barocchisti's dramatic arches, inflections and phrasing are new and extraordinarily right on, making the Brandenburgs even more exciting and joyful. For example, in concerto No. 1 final movement, the variations never become monotonous as they do in some of the other recordings especially Harnoncourt's. I Barocchisti's melodic lines are extremely well etched and varied. I don't want to give you any more detail so you can discover the many joys yourself. One gets the sense of PURE JOY in these performances, the essence of Bach!

The Recording
The original instruments sound so gorgeous in this 5.1 SACD (an original 5.1 channel 24-bit 96kHz recording converted to DSD for the SACD format) it was truly like having them in my room with me. The details of the performance and the earthy textures of the original instruments (especially the viola da gambas in No. 6) made for an experience I'll never forget. The engineers have captured the reverberation and ambience of the medium size recording venue, the Auditorium RSI, Lugano Switzerland, beautifully!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 15 Mar 2008
By W. Ke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am surprised this recording has not garnered more attention--it is simply fantastic. Though I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a first recording (go for Pinnock/English Concert or Pearlman/Boston Baroque), those of you that have multiple versions of the Brandenburgs should definitely give this one a try. The tempos are lively, the balance is superb, and there is an aspect of cohesiveness in each concerto that is rarely found in other recordings. I Barocchisti plays with the same creativity and musicianship one would associate with any leading Italian period instrument ensemble. Especially for those that enjoy the recent recording by Alessandrini/Concerto Italiano, or Antonini/Il Giardino Armonico, this set is a must!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The SACD Option 3 Sep 2007
By Virginia Opera Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a little odd that these warhorses haven't garnered the SACD coverage of some of Bach's other works. I think the only competition comes from the out of print Somary on Vanguard. If you are looking for an SACD version of the Brandenburgs, you will find this a very thought provoking alternative. Fasolis and his fine period instrument group provide lusty playing in the fast movements and do not slight the tenderness and melancholy of the inner movements. The natural horns are bracingly raucous in the first concerto. There is attention to varied string articulation with both legato and detached playing being employed. Bach's polyphony is in high relief - listen for example to the oboes chattering away in the second trio of the first's menuetto movement.

The crescendo at the end of that concerto's second movement is also very effective. The trumpeter in the second concerto turns in a virtuoso account of the music. Neither an interpolated slow movement or improvisation for the first violin is employed in the third, the cadential chords being played 'straight'. Number four's soloists are very good, with more of the varied string articulation mentioned earlier from the violin.

Sound is smooth and spacious in surround mode and SACD stereo, capturing the color of the period instruments very nicely. The only blemish in the production is the English notes - awkwardly translated from the German original.

I'm not yet ready to place this in my pantheon of favorite recordings. Pinnock/English Concert, Leonhardt, and the Berlin Akademie are still my personal best bets for period instruments. The old Ristenpart version (out of print) is still an excellent choice for modern instruments. For the SACD format, this is a better bet than Somary on Vanguard.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, gang, let's pick it up a notch! 31 July 2013
By atti - Published on Amazon.com
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I was completely overwhelmed by this rendition. It was as if on this particular day, Bach said to his musicians, "OK, let's bring it up a notch and have fun with the colorations".....and off to the races they went. What a terrific musical experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 21 Feb 2012
By jonagold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a fresh and delightful recording of these well-known works, and one that deserves to be much better known.
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