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Bach: Cantatas, Vol 8 /Gardiner
Bach: Cantatas, Vol 8 /Gardiner
Price: £15.53

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened?, 16 Mar. 2005
I gave the first volume of Bach cantatas five stars. I did not hesitate to buy this second set. I must say that I am quite dissapointed. Starting with the orchestra, many of the fine qualities of volume one seems to have dissapeared. Such as the wonderful continuo playing, the perfect intonation and great precision. These recordings feels a lot more unsecure. The more established singers like Mark Padmore does a tremendous job as usual but there is a different story with the newcomers. For example the soprano Malin Hurtelius seems quite nervous and her intonation is way out in a duet on the first cd. The alto Robin Tyson is also terribly insecure in both the duet and a solo aria. This is sad to hear on such a fine an after all very ambitious production by the english Bach veterans. The two other singers Jame Gilchrist and Thomas Gunthrie are though very fine singers performing very well here. The acoustics in the Santiago recording is really to "wet". Closer microphones could probably have solved this. Let's hope that the first release was not a lucky strike and that we can expect more from future releases. Gardiner and Co. can do a lot better than this.

Bach: Cantatas, Vol 1 /Gardiner
Bach: Cantatas, Vol 1 /Gardiner
Price: £19.06

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC RECORDING!!, 4 Mar. 2005
After numerous recordings of the Bach cantatas, I have definetely found my favourite. This is the first of 51 cds that will be released on the new Monteverdi Productions label. They are all live recordings performed on the sunday of the year for which they were written. There is a fantastic atmosphere and a unique live "nerve" in these performances. After hearing other versions by Herreweghe, Koopman, Suzuki etc. the choice is easy. The choir is AMAZING! I don't think that I have EVER heard the Monteverdi choir sing this brilliant and passionate. Naturally the concert form creates a more inspired atmosphere than the studio recording. The orchestra playing is also fantastic. Extra credit to Gardiner for using both harpsichord AND organ in these cantatas, something that is historically appropriate. Intonation and phrasing is superb. There is really nothing negative to say about the orchestra. The bass group could have needed one more cello and bass but it plays very well as it is. The soloists are top notch as well with the bass Henschel and the tenor Paul Agnew sticking out as the most extraordinary. The soprano and alto are also superb. Finally a recording that really stands out. These are some amazing performances by the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and John E. Gardiner. If you intend to hear all the Bach cantatas in your lifetime, this is the set to own!!

Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano Vol 1 - Sonatas Op 13 Pathétique, Op 14 Nos 1 & 2, Op 22 /Brautigam
Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano Vol 1 - Sonatas Op 13 Pathétique, Op 14 Nos 1 & 2, Op 22 /Brautigam
Price: £14.72

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful revelation!!, 2 Dec. 2004
It is no exaggeration to call this cd extraordinary or even historical. This is a unique and fascinating recording of some of the Beethoven sonatas. Fortunately, BIS will release all the solo piano music by Beethoven. The most striking aspect of this cd is the instrument used: a fortepiano from the beginning of the 19th century. The sound is very different from the modern pianos that we are used to hearing. The sound is more brilliant in the upper part of the keyboard and lighter in the bass parts. The sonatas really appear differently. You need to hear it on your own! When hearing this, I realize the tragedy of the modern attitude towards these instruments. All the "maestros" shaking their heads at the sound of the fortepiano. But aren't they shaking their head to Beethoven himself? The sound of this piano shows us a glimpse of the GENUINE soundworld of the early romantic period. A period in which string musicians basically refused to use vibrato and where that effect (regarded as an ornament) was not mentioned AT ALL in the most detailed violin schools for example that of Baillot (1840). Who are we to ignore these facts that only shows that our interpretation of this music is way out of line with basically anything that historical facts can show us from the time?? This recording shows that the modern steinway is a grotesque soundmachine in comparison with the subtle and brilliant fortepiano. Yes, Beethoven might have played loud and violently but that is no proof that he would have enjoyed an instrument like the modern Steinway. The fortepiano has different colours of sound depending on where you play on the keyboard. The modern piano has exactly the same even (sterile?) sound all over the keyboard. The bass of a modern piano is so heavy and often so loud that it makes playing the chamber music of for example Beethoven into a forceful and hysteric experience where violinists and cellist play as strong as they can. No, forget about the musical "authorities" that think they know some total truth. Believe me they don't... This recording is an example of the vital and beautiful soundworld of the early 19th century. Something that we won't be able to ignore forever just like we couldn't stop the period baroque movement that has totally taken over and made music more musical. Want to know more? Check out the brilliant book by Clive Brown: Classical and Romantic performing practice 1750-1900 isbn: 0198161654
There you will find more arguments that turns the musical world as we know it upside down and uncovers the myth of our "romantic tradition" that has been shaped by the aggressive russian shcool as well as ignorant musicians denying the true charm and power of the 19th century music life. Buy this fantastic cd with brilliant playing by Ronald Brautigam and you won't regret it. The character of each movement is convincing and the dynamics are subtle. His technique is flawless and the overall music-making just stunning. Too bad about the cover though which is plain silly. Well, it's worth the cash, I GUARANTEE YOU!!

Bach Concertos
Bach Concertos
Price: £8.18

16 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please no..., 27 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Bach Concertos (Audio CD)
Ok, let's be clear about some things:
1. No, the period intrument movement is not something that you are "in to" or not. It is not a trend that will die out. Why? Because it serves the music and the people who ones wrote it. Not the egos of musicians totally ignoring basic aspects of playing Bach and his contemporaries.
2. Yes, the stubborn 20th century modern approach to baroque music is going down and the people who can't accept that are the one's hailing recordings like this as if it was some kind of a holy relic.
3. Yes, miss Hahn is in some way taking over an old tradition but that tradition is dissapearing for a reason...
4. When someone plays the Bach concertos like they were suzuki pieces and is able to record it on Deutsche Grammophon, that is a very strong sign of the desperation of the recording industry!
4. Making deja-vu recordings like this might please the 60+ reviewers of Grammophone but it won't help sell more cds. The ears of the audience's are open and they have moved on.
5. Every taste is unique. If you seriously like this. Get a classic recording from the 50s or 60s. The sound will not be as good and the cover not as flashy but the performance will remain the same. A constant struggle against nature. A fight against the natural rhytm, dynamic and feeling of a phrase.
The tempi are slow, the sound awful, the character incredibly wat out. This is a tragedy. Hillary Hahn is a great violinist and looks great on cd covers but she sould not play Bach. Not yet at least...
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