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J.S. Bach: Concertos with Several Instruments Complete Works Vol. I-VI Box set

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (14 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Alpha
  • ASIN: B005IQXUQW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV1066-1069
  2. Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6, BWV1046-1051, (Complete)
  3. Concerto for Three Keyboards in D Minor, BWV1063
  4. Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV1056
  5. Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV1043
  6. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, BWV1060
  7. Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV1052
  8. Oboe D'amore Concerto in a Major, BWV1055
  9. Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV1042
  10. Violin Concerto No. 1 in a Minor, BWV1041
  11. Concerto for Two Keyboards in C Major, BWV1061
  12. Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in a Minor, BWV1044
  13. Oboe Concerto in F Major, BWV1053
  14. Concerto for Three Keyboards in C Major, BWV1064
  15. Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV1053
  16. Concerto for Four Keyboards in a Minor, (After Vivaldi), BWV1065

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Over the past 10 years, Café Zimmerman has recorded Bach's "concertos for multiple instruments" on the Alpha label. These works include the harpsichord concertos, the Brandenburg concertos, the orchestral suites (overtures), as well as the many concertos for violin, oboe, flute or other instruments. Last year, they released this in a 6-CD set: Concerts avec plusieurs instruments.

I hadn't bought any of the individual volumes of this set previously, but when the box came out, I listened to some samples on line and bought it immediately. The 24 works included - four per disc - are all performed with a wonderful lightness and joy, making these some of the most attractive recordings I know of these works.

Each disc is organized as a concert: rather than grouping, say, all of the Brandenburg concertos on two discs, there is one on each of the six CDs. No disc has two of the same type of work; there are not two orchestral suites or harpsichord concertos on any of the discs. This makes each of the CDs a 60- to 70-minute concert that provides a variety of instrumentations.

The sound is excellent, the performances full of vigor, and, while the tempi are on the fast side, nothing sounds hurried. This is a wonderful set of Bach's "orchestral" music. If you like Bach, you should check this out.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2016
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This is a simply fantastic box of all six volumes of Café Zimmermann's recordings of Bach's "Concerts avec plusiers instruments." These include all six Brandenburg Concertos, the four Overtures or Orchestral Suites and the concertos for violin, oboe and harpsichords in various combinations. I have listed the works below. The music is all magnificent and played with a freshness combined with depth of understanding which is a real joy.

Café Zimmermann are a small ensemble, generally playing with one instrument to a part and this, combined with terrific musicianship and scholarship, gives their interpretations a real zing in the livelier movements and genuine beauty and emotion in the slower passages. To me, this is what Bach should sound like: sometimes dancing, sometimes deeply spiritual, sometimes simply lovely. I have a much-loved set of Bach concertos by Trevor Pinnock (Bach: Concertos) and while these won't replace them in my affections, they will certainly stand alongside them and be played at least as often.

The other great strength of these discs is the programming. Many sets of these concertos group, say, the harpsichord concertos or the violin concertos together, and I find that I often don't want to listen to all of them one after another. Here, each disc has one Brandenburg Concerto, for example, and a varied combination of other concertos, so that playing the whole disc is a varied pleasure and I am always happy to let a whole disc play rather than changing it after one or two concertos.

In short, this box - the fruits of ten years' work - is an unalloyed delight and guaranteed to give immense pleasure for many years. Very warmly recommended.

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A wonderful set of recordings, full of subtlety and expressiveness. The performances of the Brandenburg Concertos are the best overall set I've ever heard, particularly Brandenburg Concerto No1. In other recordings of this concerto either the string section or the wind instruments are often lacking, however in this recording there is a great sense of cohesiveness which makes the music sound like a conversation between the instruments.

The performances of the Harpsichord concertos are equal to the English Concert's recordings, the Orchestral suites, violin concertos and Oboe Concertos are better.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2012
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This is a simply fantastic box of all six volumes of Café Zimmermann's recordings of Bach's "Concerts avec plusiers instruments." These include all six Brandenburg Concertos, the four Overtures or Orchestral Suites and the concertos for violin, oboe and harpsichords in various combinations. I have listed the works below. The music is all magnificent and played with a freshness combined with depth of understanding which is a real joy.

Café Zimmermann are a small ensemble, generally playing with one instrument to a part and this, combined with terrific musicianship and scholarship, gives their interpretations a real zing in the livelier movements and genuine beauty and emotion in the slower passages. To me, this is what Bach should sound like: sometimes dancing, sometimes deeply spiritual, sometimes simply lovely. I have a much-loved set of Bach concertos by Trevor Pinnock (Bach: Concertos) and while these won't replace them in my affections, they will certainly stand alongside them and be played at least as often.

The other great strength of these discs is the programming. Many sets of these concertos group, say, the harpsichord concertos or the violin concertos together, and I find that I often don't want to listen to all of them one after another. Here, each disc has one Brandenburg Concerto, for example, and a varied combination of other concertos, so that playing the whole disc is a varied pleasure and I am always happy to let a whole disc play rather than changing it after one or two concertos.

In short, this box - the fruits of ten years' work - is an unalloyed delight and guaranteed to give immense pleasure for many years.
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