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5.0 out of 5 stars A most stylish performance, 18 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (Audio CD)
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.
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2013 07:38:03 BDT
John Davison says:
I couldn't agree more. It seems quite obvious to me that if Bach and Handel could have heard their works performed on modern instruments, they would have said "Thank goodness, no more scratchy sound."
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