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4.4 out of 5 stars

on 24 September 2013
Back in the Mesozoic Era, when I started collecting records, recordings of the Brandenburgs were few and far between, and some of those were not great (Herbie von K and the whole Berlin Phil!). We are now spoiled for choice for excellent performances and recordings, and now along come John Butt & Dunedin to spoil us even more. I guess the nearest comparison is with the Gardiner recordings of a year or so ago. They are very comparable in their approach (they even share the same trumpet soloist, David Blackadder), in that they both release the dance-like qualities of these wonderful Bach creations. Which to choose? Easy, have both! Both are excellent; with either one, one simply can't go wrong - bright, vivacious playing, excellent performances of No.2 (one of the most difficult trumpet parts ever written) and splendid recordings. Highly recommended.
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on 14 November 2013
Very good, different music but good. Would recommend it to all sting lovers. Will definitely watch this space for further albums
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on 16 September 2013
sublime no other words needed a wonderful new rendition of a classic part of musical history it made me feel at peace with the world
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on 9 October 2013
This is not just another new recording of Brandenburg concertos, but a new fresh look at this masterpiece. This is a new research approach in performance and recording. It is a decent pair to recording of Bach's Orchestral Suites made recently by Ensemble Sonnerie on Avie. All other recordings 80-90s already seem outdated, although part of them are very good and even excellent.J. S. Bach: Orchestral Suites for a Young Prince - Includes the reconstruction of Suite No 2 (Premiere Recording)
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on 14 July 2014
Much like those `Elvis goes Baroque' or `The Beatles go Baroque' releases on Naxos, this performance of BWV 1046 - 1051 by the Dunedin Consort and my old mate John Seymour Butt could be labelled `the Brandenburg Concertos go ein musikalischer Spaß.' Yes indeed the spirit of Mozart's Musical Joke (K 522) is in the air with the woeful intonation of the Dunedin Consort. Just listen to the opening bars: such as they are (moggies rejoice!) the strings are not in sync with the horns and the latter are insecure in pitch. Such instances are legion. To compound matters, I cannot hear any `line' in the first movement of the Fourth Concerto (et al). Its emotional compass could be sited on a pinhead. In all honesty, this takes us back to the late Seventies when Corporal Hogwood and his Academy of Ancient Music were a byword for `the Village Musicians' Sextet'. Why, any brigands of the hills could show as good a following.

If you seek a seek a fun, non-doctrinaire, musically accomplished Brandenburg Concertos from our HIPster friends, I nominate
Bach - Brandenburg Concertos / Il Giardino armonico.

Even a certain clerical friend of mine - a veritable High Priest of Period Practice - has commented witheringly on the intonation of this set (on Amazon.com). Ignore my advice if you will. Dismiss his at peril.
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