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JS Bach: Concertos with Several Instruments V CD+DVD

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: JS Bach
  • Audio CD (18 April 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Alpha
  • ASIN: B004CN8HXI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ouverture No. 3 En Ré Majeur, BWV 1068
2. Concerto Pour Clavecin En Fa Mineur, BWV 1056
3. Concerto Brandebourgeois No. 6 En Si Bémol Majeur, BWV 1051
4. Concerto Pour Trois Clavecins En Ré Mineur, BWV 1063

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Bachs suites and concertos have long been part of concert repertoires. It is however interesting to mentally replace their first executions in the context of the time, so different from what we see on present day stages. Apart from at the courts, whatever their size, there were no permanent orchestras in Bachs time and age. Café Zimmermann has brilliantly recreated the spirit of these orchestras, allowing each musician (chosen among the best on the European baroque scene) to express himself. Penultimate opus in this outstanding series, this is the first time we hear Café Zimmermann in such a large formation. This in no way harms the characteristic energy of the ensemble and we discover a Bach more alive than ever.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Every one of the six volumes of Café Zimmermann's recordings of Bach's "Concerts avec plusiers instruments" is absolutely excellent. The music is all magnificent and played with a freshness combined with depth of understanding which is a real joy. You may like to know that they have now been issued as a set J.S. Bach: Concertos with Several Instruments Complete Works Vol. I-VI which I recommend in the strongest possible terms.

Café Zimmermann are a small ensemble, generally playing with one instrument to a part and this, combined with terrific musicianship and scholarship, gives their interpretations a real zing in the livelier movements and genuine beauty and emotion in the slower passages. To me, this is what Bach should sound like: sometimes dancing, sometimes deeply spiritual, sometimes simply lovely. I have a much-loved set of Bach concertos by Trevor Pinnock Bach: Concertos and while these won't replace them in my affections, they will certainly stand alongside them and be played at least as often.

The other great strength of these discs is the programming. Many sets of these concertos group, say, the harpsichord concertos or the violin concertos together, and I find that I often don't want to listen to all of them one after another. Here, each disc has one of the Brandenburg Concertos and a varied combination of other concertos, so that playing the whole disc is a varied pleasure and I am always happy to let a whole disc play rather than changing it after one or two concertos.

This disc, like all the rest, is an unalloyed delight and guaranteed to give immense pleasure for many years. Very warmly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant re-creation of a tantalizing musical soiree 8 April 2011
By Michael Birman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Following his intensive creation of sacred cantatas for Leipzig's two main churches, in 1729 Bach assumed the directorship of that city's Collegium Musicum, usually held twice weekly at Cafe Zimmermann. There Bach and his brilliant sons Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann played concertos, suites, chamber music as well as cantatas, all carefully chosen for the occasion. It is estimated that Bach gave upwards of 600 concerts at the cafe: playing while patrons sipped their coffee and nibbled their strudel to the strains of music newly composed by the greatest musician in history. Much of this music is now lost, to the dismay of all lovers of Bach's genius. The Collegium had been created by Georg Philipp Telemann in 1702 and had become a haven for itinerant musicians throughout Germany.

Cafe Zimmermann (the musical ensemble) have now released 5 CDs in which they play music likely to have been heard at the original cafe in performance by the Collegium. This recording contains the Ouverture No. 3, the Harpsichord Concerto BWV 1056, the Sixth Brandenburg and the Concerto for Three Harpsichords BWV 1063. Performances are brisk and lucid with a sound that is mellow and warm. The instruments have a lovely burnished patina that sounds particularly present and alive in this high-resolution recording. The band aims for authenticity and they achieve it while never losing an easy-going naturalness in their playing. This is Bach played with grace and understated beauty that never tires either the ear or the soul. Perhaps those long-ago musical soirees sounded a lot like these performances. Nothing can redeem the music that was lost but at least we can experience Bach's genius in something like the friendly confines of the Cafe Zimmermann. Bring your own coffee and strudel.

Mike Birman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
my new Bach 14 Oct. 2011
By Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the 5th CD of Cafe Zi. and i think it's their apex.
The recording of the lovely cembalo concerto (BWV 1056) here is the best i know:
Celine Frisch, who plays the cembalo so delicately but resolutely, is accompanied by 5 musicians only, and the result is a superb balance that let you enjoy from every nuance in the work.
The Suite no. 3 (BWV 1068) is one of the best orchestral pieces i know, and the performance here is full of transparency, energy, elegance, and controlled passion.
If you want the famous Air to sound schmaltz - turn elsewhere, but if you want it as it is, a piece of restrained beauty - voila!

I look forward to their 6th CD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bach served up right . . . 27 Jan. 2012
By news4u - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the fifth of Cafe Zimmermann's Bach concerto series (I have all five) and each sounds as exhilaratingly fresh as the others. As another reviewer so succinctly puts it: "Performances are brisk and lucid with a sound that is mellow and warm." In other words, Bach as I like it. Bravo!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A conductor might improve things 12 Jun. 2013
By stevenrothbard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These are excellent performances of some well-known works of Bach along with a couple which might be less known, played one to a part, which makes sense as a reproduction of the original performances in a small coffee house, Cafe' Zimmermann, where space was at a premium, and mostly for the customers. My only reservation with this release, as with some others in this series, is that some of the performances are not quite on the level of inspiration we might expect in such great music. I don't feel like getting up and dancing (except, maybe, in the Orchestral Suite No. 3), which other versions, such as those by Pinnock, Hogwood, Goebel, and (for modern instruments), Marriner, make me feel like doing. I think the reason is probably the apparent lack of a leader in this youthful group. The Orpheus Chamber Orch. manages to somehow get over this situation, but the presence of a conductor (such as those mentioned) may help bring in more passion and feelinghere to what are otherwise excellent performances of Bach concerti and an Overture (Suite). Sound is good--clear, clean, warm and balanced.
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