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Orchestral Suites 1-4 [Import]

Pickett , New London Consort Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000004CYR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Suite No. 1 In C Major, BWV 1066: I Ouverture
2. Suite No. 1 In C Major, BWV 1066: II Courante
3. Suite No. 1 In C Major, BWV 1066: III Gavotte I - Gavotte II
4. Suite No. 1 In C Major, BWV 1066: IV Forlane
5. Suite No. 1 In C Major, BWV 1066: V Menuet I - Menuet II
6. Suite No. 1 In C Major, BWV 1066: VI Bourree I - Bourree II
7. Suite No. 1 In C Major, BWV 1066: VII Passepied I - Passepied II
8. Suite No. 3 In D Major, BWV 1068: I Ouverture
9. Suite No. 3 In D Major, BWV 1068: II Air
10. Suite No. 3 In D Major, BWV 1068: III Gavotte I - Gavotte II
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Suite No. 2 In B Minor, BWV 1067: I Ouverture
2. Suite No. 2 In B Minor, BWV 1067: II Rondeau
3. Suite No. 2 In B Minor, BWV 1067: III Sarabande
4. Suite No. 2 In B Minor, BWV 1067: IV Bourree I - Bourree II
5. Suite No. 2 In B Minor, BWV 1067: V Polonaise
6. Suite No. 2 In B Minor, BWV 1067: VI Menuet
7. Suite No. 2 In B Minor, BWV 1067: VII Badinerie
8. Suite No. 4 In D Major, BWV 1069: I Ouverture
9. Suite No. 4 In D Major, BWV 1069: II Bourree I - Bourree II
10. Suite No. 4 In D Major, BWV 1069: III Gavotte
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Anon
a suite is a group of dance movements, and Bach's set of four orchestral suites are no exception. Then why do so many orchestras, and their respective conductors fail to bring out this all-important aspect of the four suites? Philip Pickett has chosen to perform these works, and the five sinfonias that make up these generous discs, with a small orchestra, consisting mainly of single strings, and wind/brass. The effect therefore is small-scale, as we can assume it would have been in Bach's time.One might hesitate at first then, on first hearing of these discs, but I can assure you that the effect is so vivid and exciting, that you'll soon be addicted! The clarity of these recordings is incredible, and fully brings out the beautiful textures and the transparent sound of the single strings (i.e, the viola isn't lost beneath a batallion of 1st and 2nd violins, but is there to be heard, just as Bach intended).As for the dance aspect, well, Pickett's suites make you want to do just that, and there can be no higher recommendation than that; sample the 2 'Bourrees' of the fourth suite, and you'll hear what I mean...it's very bouncy! But never at the expense of the overall quality of playing, it must be added: the playing is excellent all round. Special mention should also be made that these pieces are not recorded at the widely used "baroque pitch" of A= 415 hz, but at "french baroque pitch" of A= 392 hz. This is a major contributing factor to what makes these discs so special. The effect is of sheer warmth and is beautifully mellow. Also very special is the 2nd orchestral suite,given an incredibly agile, and perfectly-in-tune (no mean feat on the baroque flute! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best 9 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have several recordings of the Orchestral Suites, and this recording is my favorite. I agree that the tempi are sometimes slow, but the sound is sumptuous! These recordings have a really full, smooth sound. Close behind are the Hogwood recordings, whose tempi I like but whose sound is somewhat thinner. The Pinnock recordings are just way too slow....
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow tempi 7 Jun 2000
By Lars Hinnum - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this CD because I wanted a period-instrument performance of the Orchestral Suites. I have always been a great fan of Philip Pickett and The New London Consort and they have never disappointed me up to now, but this recording cant't be the best period performance on the market. Of course there are some very good things here and the Suites are played elegantly and warmley, but the tempi must be among the slowest on CD. Especially the famous "Badinerie" from BWV 1067 played to slow. Buy only this CD if you enjoy slow tempi.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best 3 July 2012
By Stephen - Published on Amazon.com
These are glorious and works of supreme wonder. Among the many recorded versions of these works, this is my absolute favorite.
Other honorable mentions would be Goebel (Archiv), Richter (Archiv), and Pinnock (Archiv). But Pinnock reaches glorious heights that the others do not.
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