on 6 December 2014
BBC Radio 3's Building a Library Choice - 5th Dec 2014 "In the Freiburg Orchestra's exhilaraing account, the soft-grained Baroque flute which gilds the B minor Suite certainly fits well with the 'small is beautiful' impulse...Its reading may lack sensational revelations, but it's exuberant and stylish, laced with felicitous insights into Bach's sophisticated take on the French style...the dances leap off the page and overtures crackle with incisive declamation." (BBC Music Magazine)
on 13 February 2015
At last, a rendition where the players actually sound as though they are enjoying themselves and are not just adding a me-too version to the catalogue, galloping through to finish ASAP or playing a dirge to add false gravitas.
If, as I'm told, playing music releases the love-hormone, the Freiburgers were obviouly loved-up when they recorded this, the naughty people! Subtle and colourful and full of joie de vie as it is, I'm deeply indebted to the Beeb's R3 building-a-classical-music-library survey, for bringing this jewel to my attention.
on 14 July 2013
A super record of well-known and much loved pieces. The Freiburger Barockorchester are very talented musicians, indeed, and they often figure in concerts during musical tours organised by the excellent Martin Randall company. A revelation, compared to my old recording, a delight from beginning to end. An excellent purchase.