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Bach: Complete Orchestral Suites /Boston Baroque · M Pearlman CD

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0001W8E0A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ouverture
  2. Bourree I & II
  3. Gavotte
  4. Menuet I & II
  5. Rejouissance
  6. Ouverture
  7. Courante
  8. Gavotte I & II
  9. Forlane
  10. Menuet I & II
  11. Bourree I & II
  12. Passepied
  13. Ouverture
  14. Air
  15. Gavotte I & II
  16. Bourree
  17. Gigue
  18. Ouverture
  19. Rondeau
  20. Sarabande
  21. Bourree I & II
  22. Polonaise, Double
  23. Menuet
  24. Badinerie

Product description

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There is no dearth of recordings of the Bach Orchestral Suites, but Martin Pearlman's Complete Orchestral Suites goes right to the top of the list of recommended performances. Pearlman and his Boston Baroque play on period instruments but there is never any stridency in the strings, none of the odd pressured quality that can creep into "historically informed" readings. The third and fourth suites, the most heavily scored, are given truly rousing readings, with the trumpets and timpani making a joyful noise and the oboes and bassoon audible and very welcome in the mix---the recording is well-balanced. The first suite has prominent wind parts as well, and Pearlman weaves them in and out of the orchestral fibre effectively, as the music indicates. The tricky second suite is often presented as a type of flute concerto, but Pearlman has the solo flute backed up by multiple strings in the grander passages and reduces them to solos when the flute has its own melodic line. Most importantly, he realises that the movements of all the suites are dances, and so the music, in its own, French Baroque way, swings. The recording is as fine as the performances, which is to say, remarkable. --Robert Levine, Amazon.com

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This well recorded disc was made in 2003 with a leading group of American period specialists who have been enjoying regular success since 1973 when they were founded by Martin Pearlman who conducts them on this disc. The four suites are economically collected on the one disc that plays for just over 73 minutes. This gives an indication of the lively approach to the music in general, but not at all points. The last movement of the 'flute' suite is a notable example of a steadier speed than some which allows the music to 'dance' more without breathlessness.

Overall the main characteristics to note are, firstly, the faster than usual outer sections of each of the four overtures. The central sections are more regular in tempo so there is a weighting towards fleetness in the overtures. This is a significant point as the overtures are by far the largest part of each suite and the balance of tempo is thus quite different here.

Another characteristic is the relatively restrained impact of the three trumpets in suites 3 and 4. These are more blended with the rest of the players rather than providing the more dominant effect found in Gardiner's excellent account for example.

The final point worth mentioning is the changed order of the suites to 4, 1 3 then 2. This is in line with latest research which suggests that this is a more like chronological order. If this is a problem, then tracking order on CD players is easy to adjust.

This is a lively and very likeable set of the four suites. I would suggest that is makes an interesting and enjoyable complementary set to that by Gardiner, a set that I would not wish to be without. I would suggest that purchasers might be best served musically by investing in both sets but if only one is possible then both could be safely considered as an 'only' purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FRESH 18 Aug. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suites have been a part of my listening experience for a very long time and I've heard them performed on many recordings plus in live performances. This one (1) disc recording of what is thought to be Bach's entire output of orchestral music that were written separately and, according to the notes, were written in the "French Style". Whatever the case may be, I found this recording by the Boston Baroque ensemble lead by Martin Pearlman to be extremely fresh sounding. No "heaviness" just extreme clarity of all parts especially in the counterpoint sections with all being articulated clearly and finely. The virtuosic sections are performed very excitingly with the slow parts being delivered movingly and majestically. However, it all sounded "new" to me--so fresh and clean. The recorded sound is good too. In other words, Perlman and the Boston Baroque have delivered a very fine recording of J.S.'s Orchestra Suites indeed. Try it, you'll like it!
5.0 out of 5 stars The use of period instruments serves to make an excellent recording even better 12 Feb. 2016
By Stephen M. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
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Superb, as is all of Boston Baroque's recordings. The use of period instruments serves to make an excellent recording even better. I strongly recommend this CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend 10 Oct. 2013
By bird lady - Published on Amazon.com
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Wanted Bach music because our local Bach station went offline. Chose several from Amazon after reading reviews. Was very satisfied and felt reviewers gave plenty of information to quide my choice. Bought several different CD and have enjoyed each very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Nov. 2015
By David A. Kessling - Published on Amazon.com
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No problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Dec. 2015
By Reed Valleau - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent recording of an excellent orchestra. I could not be happier with this CD.
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