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Excellent 1960's sound!,
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This review is from: Bach, JS : Brandenburg Concertos Nos 1 - 6  (Audio CD)
Bach - Brandenburg ConcertosI can't imagine why anyone would rate the sound of this set as poor. If I may quote the Gramophone review (March 1967), Edward Greenfield stated that "In sheer immediacy and vividness of recorded sound this set of Brandenburgs is most striking". The recording was made in 1964, and doesn't sound to me in anyway inferior to, say, Menuhin's or Rudolf Baumgartner's recordings. And apart from definitely unexciting tempi in the outer movements of Concerto no. 2, I would say if you're an enthusiast of Harnoncourt in Bach, like myself, then don't hesitate. I will probably buy his later digital set eventually, but any improvement in the recorded sound won't put me off this set. By the way, I have listened to it through both loudspeakers and headphones.