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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
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Notes & Reviews:

"The other departure has been done on some previous recordings of the Concerti - assigned just a single instrument to a part rather than having the ripieno be most of the chamber orchestra. Surprisingly, I found this produced not that much of a different sound as, say, the Britten chamber orchestra version. It did, however, increase the clarity of the lines of interweaving counterpoint and made the dialogs between the individual instruments more prominent. With the great clarity and spread of the hi-res surround recording, the effect is extremely rich and full - not in the least ascetically thinned as one might fear. Egarr's return to the original chamber conception of the Concertos is an unqualified success!" -Audiophile Audition (audaud.com)

The most popular and best-known works in the Baroque repertoire beautifully captured in SACD sound. The only complete Brandenburg Concertos available on Harmonia Mundi a label boasting one of the finest recorded Bach catalogues. Uniquely authoritative recording: acclaimed harpsichordist Richard Egarr revisits the original 'chamber' conception of the works with one player per part.

Gramophone Magazine
It is noticeable that these performances have moved away from the clipped articulate gestures of recent decades to embrace something of the older tradition of shapely long lines and smooth phrases. It gives the music an easy feel, relaxed and friendly as befits its chamber status...

The Guardian
Though there are already CD versions of the Brandenburg Concertos to suit every taste, Richard Egarr's recordings still manage to carve out a distinctive niche of their own. Anyone with perfect pitch will soon notice that the concertos are delivered at a pitch significantly lower even than the baroque pitch often used for period-instrument performances: the Academy of Ancient Music tunes to A=392 Hz, effectively a whole tone lower than modern concert pitch, which enables them to use the French-model wind instruments that were widely played in Germany in Bach's time, and with just one instrument to a part throughout the orchestra, the textures have a warm, chamber-style intensity. The stratospherically high trumpet part in the second concerto loses all its glare (though the recorder in the same concerto gets swamped), while the solo violin in the fourth and fifth concertos can weave its delicate tracery with perfect naturalness. Though Egarr adds a guitar and theorbo to the continuo, the harmony still lacks definition, while the sheer loving detail of the performances sometimes blunts their edge.

BBC Music Magazine
The playing is ravishing in the chamber-music slow-movement textures. ... a recording you must hear, if only to hear how the boundaries of these extraordinary concertos can be stretched.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Running Time: 21 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Running Time: 14 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Running Time: 21 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Running Time: 15 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721