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  • Orchestra: Munchener Bach-Orchester
  • Conductor: Karl Richter
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (11 Aug. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000060O58
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 in F major, BWV1046
  2. Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F major, BWV1047
  3. Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major, BWV1048
  4. Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G major, BWV1049
  5. Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major, BWV1050

Disc: 2

  1. Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B flat major, BWV1051
  2. Orchestral Suite no. 1 in C major, BWV1066
  3. Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B minor, BWV1067

Disc: 3

  1. Orchestral Suite no. 3 in D major, BWV1068
  2. Orchestral Suite no. 4 in D major, BWV1069
  3. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord and strings in A minor

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There is a certain sort of splendour, grandeur and joyous energy to these recordings that you just don't find in modern ones (it simply makes you happy). However the sound is not as good as in newer recordings - these recordings are from the sixties. If you want modern, period instrument interpretations with clean sound and some of the same qualities, I would recommend Jordi Savall's recording of the Brandenburg Concertos (on Astrée/Naive) and Ton Koopman's recording of the Orchestral Suites (on Erato/Warner Classics).

22 Oct 2009
Since I wrote the review above I have been listening a lot to Jordi Savall's recording of the Orchestral Suites (on Astree/Naive). And by now I must say it is my favourite. Savall presents these great works with grand majestic solemnity. Besides his interpretation of the famous Air from the Third Suite is the most beautiful version I have ever heard. So my recommendation is Savall in both the Brandenburg Concertos and the Orchestral Suites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Festival for the Heart. 7 Oct. 2004
By Pupil - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is priceless music-making. One can really feel that Richter is performing and conducting from his own heart and love for Bach, and all the while the orchestra is inspired to sing and to dance with him. The horns are laughing, the violins singing, and the listener is invited to experience flashes of happiness and joy with the chattering harpsichord.

When celestial music meets the summit of man's creative and loving spark, we lucky amateurs are left with this kind of immortal recording: glorious!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Brandenburgs, very good Suites 26 Jun. 2012
By Jon Miller ('Kirk') - Published on
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The Brandenburgs are played with great elan by this excellent chamber orchestra, undoubtedly stocked w/ many BRSO players from its Jochum and Kubelik eras. Richter also plays the great keyboard cadenza in #5. The flute playing in #4, trumpet in #2, viola and cello in #6: all superb. This ranks with my favorite set , that of Karl Ristenpart on a four cd set
(worth it for the three-violin concerto.) I do prefer the fillers on the 2 cd Richter Brandenburgs, the concerto for oboe d'amore and strings and especially the concerto for violin and oboe with is seraphic second movement.

The suites are almost as good. #4 is the most successful, ripped by spirited horns and trumpets. #s 1 and 2 ( the flute Suite) are close, and a #3 played like #4 would have lifted this box immeasurably-it is a bit too tame for me, especially in the first movement for which I was spoiled by a solo violin in the concertante section rather than unison violins,
once by a Szell/Cleveland disc and once, as I recall, by Munchinger. This box is a great buy and it is still best to live with "The Birthmark". And the second Brandenburg #5, aka the triple concerto for flute, violin, and keyboard ( owned by Ristenpart I think), makes some amends
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully energetic, joyous, and passionate 12 Aug. 2012
By Gigi0620 - Published on
I should start off by saying that perhaps my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt since it's colored by personal bias resulting from nostalgia -- these specific performances by the Munich Bach Orchestra were my very first introduction to the Brandenburg Concertos and were what made me fall in love with them. Other reviewers have commented that these recordings are dated and less than authentic, and this may very well be so -- but personally, I don't think this should necessarily outweigh or even detract from the spectacular energy and brilliance of these performances (particularly Concerto No. 3).

I've listened to other recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos, but they quite honestly leave me cold because they often come across to me as too solemn and staid -- even though I realize this may be the effect of the Munich Bach Orchestra recordings being my first exposure to these works. (Had it not been so, it's possible that I would perceive these recordings as rushed.) I sometimes think that when people picture Bach, what leaps to mind are the portraits in which he's depicted with a rather severe expression on his face -- and perhaps this is why Bach usually tends to be performed with a sense of restraint. By contrast, I experience the Munich Bach Orchestra performances as refreshingly joyous and passionate and while I may be wrong, I prefer to think that this was how Bach originally intended them to be performed. After all, let's face it...a man who fathered twenty children in all (even though half did not survive to adulthood) was probably not lacking in passion!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kapellmeister Tradition at its Best 30 Aug. 2007
By Johannes Climacus - Published on
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Karl Richter represents the Kapellmeister tradition at its best. Yes, it does have a best! That tradition's performance practice has little in common with today's period ensembles, and for that reason the musicologically inclined will find little to enjoy in this set. Others will delight in Richter's invigorating, superbly played Brandenburgs (with outstanding soloists, including Richter himself on the harpsichord). The Suites are less satisfying, in part because Richter's well-upholstered textures and inclination toward rhythmic rigidity are more damaging in these dance-inspired works. The "Triple Concerto" could also use a lighter touch, though one appreciates Richter's intense involvement with the score (he takes it more seriously than many conductors). Overall, I enjoyed this set immensely, but I'm of a generation that had to "relearn" how to listen to Baroque music in light of contemporary notions of period performance practice. Younger listeners with an open mind should hear this, however, just to get a sense of how Bach was performed over a generation ago.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best. 10 Dec. 2013
By Glen A. Gill - Published on
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Very fine account. This is much preferred over the more "authentic" versions out there. Karl Richter's harpsichord playing is incredible. One problem is that the harpsichord is very soft. While this is natural for the instrument, one almost wishes for a little more miking. Nonetheless, Richter's playing, especially in the fifth concerto, is phenomenal

Everybody raves about the Pinnock recording. Yes, they may be more authentic, but, I have always preferred the fuller sound of modern instruments; plus, you do not have the intonation problems that you can hear with period instruments. An example is listening (and watching) the Harnoncourt video

Overall, I find Pinnock's approach to be a bit slow in most movements. So, I'll stick with Richter.
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