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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most stylish performance,
This is a most enjoyable recording (made in 1980). The performance by Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields led by Neville Marriner, at the peak of their powers, is very stylish and the tempi are well judged.
Some world-famous soloists participate - Henryk Szeryng (violin), Michala Petri (recorder), Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute) and Heinz Holliger (oboe).
There are many "period performance" recordings of this work by now, some of which are good. However, when you listen to a performance using modern instruments like this one under review, I wonder if period performance enthusiasts (including myself) are missing something important for the sake of pursuing "authenticity". Here in this performance, there are no problems of edgy tones of gut strings, dubious intonation of wind instruments and (occasionally) excessively fast tempi. All the notes appear to flow naturally.
The recording is very good. Strongly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach's masterpieces,
I have recordings of the Brandenbergs, scattered across several CDs, by various orchestras/conductors/quality of recordings. So I decided I'd like to have them all on one disc, so that I may listen to them all, in the right order, similar "style" of performance, etc.
This has to be one of the definitive performances. Beautifully recorded, and performed with commitment, and that wonderful synergy you sometimes get between players and conductor, that, at times, just takes your breath away. There are other, great, recordings that "read" these pieces very differently, and have equal validity. But, to my sensibilities, this recording is "up there" as the best. This is obviously a subjective thing, and you may disagree with me. But, you, the prospective purchaser, reading my review, will have to listen to a vast number of recordings, to find any that come close to this.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars smooth but quite pedestrian,
Well recorded - stellar soloists - but fails to leave the ground. In a competitive market I cannot recommend this at all - for example Leppard's ECO recordings of comparable vintage are more characterised. Try the modern recordings of LA Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of St Lukes, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (on Virgin) recordings for good modern instrument versions - this IS worth 4 stars but there are so many more worth 5 that it should be left on the shelf.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent version of the Brandenburgh Concertos,
Bought this CD as a Christmas gift for my husband. As I write this review, he is seated by the fire, reading a good book and listening to the concertos. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields have done a fine job, as ever, to absolute classic Bach pieces.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic interpretation,
This recording is a wonderful interpretation of JS Bach's timeless classic concertos, which rank among the most famous and recognisable of the Baroque era. Right from the beginning, you will be captivated by Sir Neville Marriner's sensitive control of the Academy of St Martin in the Field Chamber Orchestra, one of the finest classical recording ensembles in the world at the time of this recording.
The sound quality - this was recorded in the early 1980s, remember - occasionally leaves something to be desired over more recent performances, but this is more than made up for by the feeling which Marriner conjures into the music. This is by far the best recording in existence of these incredible compositions, and I would recommend them to anyone, Bach fan or otherwise.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dry,
This review is from: Bach, J.S.: The Brandenburg Concertos etc (MP3 Download)
Just a bit dry and square, really - it's good to have a pleasant enough recording and the tempi seem just about where I think they should be but that's always a personal taste thing, I guess
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance,
The incomparable Brandenburgs performed sensitively and with panache by the Academy. There are many versions of this concert standard, take your pick really but this is a nice one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah another Bach recording,
There is so much choice for the Brandenburgs but this was the one for me. The first person to say Ah Bach was his wife!
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Concertos,
Yes this was a gift for my sister who was over the moon with it and just what she wanted . A good buy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars,
This was ordered for my husband and he really is enjoying it! Quality music!
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