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on 16 February 2012
It may be inexpensive, but that is no recommendation for these recordings. It is with recordings such as this that one comes to appreciate the mp3 track review offered by Amazon. I am very fond of baroque music, and have an extensive collection both on LP and CD that embraces French, Italian, and German composers from the first rank to the 3rd, but by any reckoning this disc is a travesty.
Commencing with the very first track of Bach's Suite No. 3, this is not Bach as one knows it, but Bach as interpreted for the sound world of the Court of Louis XIV. This interpretation is far too florid and incorporates ornamentation alien to Bach. But worse, from the very first bar it trundles along from bar to bar, and in this case I refer to bars that sell alcoholic beverages, it proceeds at a lolloping pace as though the musicians were inebriated and which leads to messy ensemble playing.
True, for the most part, excluding the Bach Suite, the rest of the tracks fare slightly better, but only slightly. For my ears there is no let up in the sound produced and I felt myself wishing for a more sane approach.
At first blush, this recording may sound fine, being bright and somewhat breezy, but I can imagine it will pall very quickly indeed.