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5.0 out of 5 stars
What a joyful sound!, 6 April 2004
This is a version of the Brandenburg concerts that is unsurpassed in its level of energy and vitality. It complements more traditional versions like Brittens wonderful recording with the English Chamber orchestra as well as more polished "authenthic baroque" versions like that of Trevor Pinnock with the English Concert. The tempi are usually quite brisk, but make beautifully sense. I have rarely heard this music performed with more joy. There are some minor mistakes and the instruments do not have the tonal beautity of some more recent recordings, but the enthusiasm more than makes up for it, at least for me. The quality of the sound are not first-rate, but do not get in the way of the musical enjoyment. So often when I am listening to this recording I recall what a professor of mine once said, that the only thing Bach did wrong when composing the Brandenburg concertos was that he did not compose one for each day of the year. One of the recordings of these concertos you must have!