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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos 1-6; Orchestral Suites Nos 1-4 Box set

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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001BBZ99Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (Allegro)
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro
  4. Menuet - Trio I - Polacca - Trio II
  5. (Allegro)
  6. Andante
  7. Allegro assai
  8. (Allegro)
  9. Adagio - Allegro
  10. Allegro
  11. Andante
  12. Presto

Disc: 2

  1. Allegro
  2. Affetuoso
  3. Allegro
  4. (Allegro)
  5. Adagio ma non tanto
  6. Allegro
  7. I. Ouverture
  8. II. Courante
  9. III. Gavottes I & II
  10. IV. Forlane
  11. V. Menuets I & II
  12. VI. Bourrées I & II
  13. VII. Passepieds I & II

Disc: 3

  1. I. Ouverture
  2. II. Rondeau
  3. III. Sarabande
  4. IV. Bourrées I & II
  5. V. Polonaise et double
  6. VI. Menuet
  7. VII. Badinerie
  8. I. Ouverture
  9. II. Air
  10. III. Gavottes I & II
  11. IV. Bourrée
  12. V. Gigue
  13. I. Ouverture
  14. II. Bourrées I & II
  15. III. Gavotte
  16. IV. Menuet
  17. V. Réjouissance

Product Description

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Orchestral Suites / Busch . Release Date: 10/14/2008 . Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century . Catalog #: 12699 . Spars Code: ADD . Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach . Performer: Aubrey Brain, Adolf Busch, Marcel Moyse, Rudolf Serkin . Conductor: Adolf Busch . Orchestra/Ensemble: Busch Chamber Players . Number of Discs: 3 . Recorded in: Mono . Works on This Recording: 1. Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer: Aubrey Brain (French Horn), Adolf Busch (Violin) Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 2. Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer: Adolf Busch (Violin), Marcel Moyse (Flute) Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 3. Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 4. Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer: Adolf Busch (Violin), Marcel Moyse (Flute) Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 5. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer: Marcel Moyse (Flute), Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Adolf Busch (Violin) Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 6. Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 7. Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 8. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer: Marcel Moyse (Flute) Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 9. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 10. Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany

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This is a colossal bargain and I can't enthuse about it enough.

Most of my Bach listening comes under the heading of Period Instruments but there are some recordings such as Milstein's of the solo violin sonatas and partitas which transcend all issues of style. This is one of them.

Joy is the word that springs to mind throughout. Joyous chamber music like playing. Joy at new discovery. Joy at the sublime music making.

There are too many delights to count and whether or not this is what Bach intended (how will we ever know) this is superb musicmaking. Even on that count the string sound is surprisingly bracing and rhythms, especially internal ones, are beautifully sprung. The performers consistently have a ear for Bach's melodies. Even the ubiquitous Air from the 3rd Orchestral Suite is deeply moving.

Mercifully we are beyond arguments about whether this music should be done in period style or not. To adore these recordings is not to advocate a return to this style but rather a celebration of the universal genius of Bach however he is played. Hear both!
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I think I'm right in saying that this was the second-ever set of the "Brandenburgs" recorded (the first was Alfred Cortot's somewhat eccentric set in 1932, here, Bach: Brandenburg Concertos); this 3-CD reissue also contains the four Orchestral Suites (in rather less successful performances) and, generally speaking, EMI's remastering of these 1935 recordings is more than acceptable. Although I am very keen on "historic" recordings, it's certainly not the case that they are always worth preserving; this set, however, clearly is! When the old References set came out (here Brandenburg Concertos), the contemporaneous "Penguin Guide" (when they were worth reading) awarded the set a "rosette"; here's why:-

"The Busch version of the Brandenburgs must take a special place. Although modern instruments are used, there is greater "authenticity" of spirit than in many rigid modern performances. Rudolf Serkin, Busch's son-in-law, plays the piano, and the other soloists are all artists of comparable calibre, including Evelyn Rothwell on the oboe, Aubrey Brain (father of Dennis) on the horn, George Eskdale on the Bach trumpet and Marcel Moyse on the flute. Though slow movements are not sentimentalized, the phrasing has full expressive warmth, and speeds are almost always slower than we would expect today. That is also true of many of the fast movements, as in the outer movements of Nos. 1 and 6, but with such bouncy, resilient rhythms the results never drag.
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Still the best recording of these wonderful concerts, The speed is much slower than in the recordings of today. Serkin is besides pone of the best pianists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Recording 31 Aug. 2012
By J. J. Cash - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike many recordings of the Concertos, this one exudes warmth. It's too bad the audio quality is so poor...it's a shame Busch wasn't born later
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden vintage... 17 Dec. 2014
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on Amazon.com
Adolf Busch's ensemble is at the top of the game with this exceptional musical tresure.

The reading of his Brandeburgo is one step closer respct my desert island choice (Karl Haas and the London soloists, Westminster LP from the early fifties and never released on CD, by the way.

The Suites are played with such vitality, artictis commitment and overall intensity that will leave you at the border of your seat (In particular the Third Suite)

Both sets are so fabulous that have surpassed by far the test of time to become a genuine treasure, inch by inch.

You should not do without this memorable album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Peter Konrad /Hungary/for a neverheard work of G.F.Handel 24 Oct. 2011
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I never heard and never read about this opera written by G.F. Handel in the music literature. I own all oratorios and operas written by Handel /partly purchased with Amazon/.Just Germanico was the only one I missed. So I was in a hurry to give an order to Amazon and received the item within a very few days. Listening to it I became convinced about everything what Mr Tenerani, the conductor wrote in the booklet about his research work regarding this opera. It seems to be a trial work of Handel during his young age. In some parts it doesn't reach the style he offered later but his claim to use the trumpet convinced me that Germanico really was a work written by Handel. The performance on thia CD I rate with 5 stars.
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