21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2009
Buy this one for Trevor Pinnock's performance of the 1052 in D minor. An absolute triumph.
If there was track to listen to on that desert island, it would be this one.
In my opinion, the 1063, 1064 and 1065 are better recorded on the Christopher Hogwood version, than on this recording, but worth having anyway as of course, they are beautifully played. It's just that the Hogwood version is a bit more 'headbangy'. Not an elegant phrase, but accurate!
The 1057 version of Brandenburg4 is lovely. The ornamentation of the two recorders is reminiscent of David Munrow's version from the 1960s, very exciting.
All in all, a great collection.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This must be some of the most unfailingly uplifting music ever written, the apotheosis of elegance, harmony, balance and sentiment.
The endearingly quirky cover design of three plump cherries is somehow wholly apt: they refer to the label and also to how each of these concertos presents a trio of luscious, beautifully proportioned movements as perfectly satisfying and life-enhancing as a feast of fresh fruit. Trevor Pinnock's playing is beyond reproach, even - or especially - when he takes the Allegro of BWV 1055 or the Presto of BWV 1056 faster than at first seems advisable and the strings of the English Concert are as fleet and fluent as he is; their unity is wonderfully precise. Pinnock is joined in the concertos for 2, 3 and 4 harpsichords by equally distinguished musicians and the whole enterprise just exudes a serene confidence and joy in their music-making.
Part of the pleasure of this set derives from recognition of how Bach reworked music more familiar in another guise and key; hence we hear the fourth Brandenburg Concerto and the two surviving violin concertos transposed down a tone and reworked in a way which combines familiarity and novelty. Just when you might start to feel that you'd like some variety in the sonority from a surfeit of twanging harpsichord, no. 1057 gives us two mellow recorders to provide bucolic delight.
The sound is superb, achieving great clarity and depth. It might well be that the balance between the harpsichord(s) and orchestra has been judiciously tweaked but it doesn't sound artificial.
I also very much enjoy the arrangement of some of this music for piano of which there is an excellent bargain Naxos recording but this Trio collection provides a complete and utterly seductive survey of Bach at his most inventive and irrepressibly melodic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have recently acquired this on CDs to replace my very worn set of vinyl discs.
This music never fails to lift my spirits and make me smile, each time thinking of the other versions that Bach has borrowed or altered etc - something that Handel also did in a major way.
The playing is heart-warming, brisk as usual with Pinnock and his team and very much deserves a place on the shelves. i find myself coming to this music over and over again for the sheer vivacity of the playing and Bach's way with arrangements.
The cover is splendid in this Trio incarnation - the trio of cherries also makes me smile every time!