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Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suites / Dombrecht

Audio Samples

  1. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: I. Overture
  2. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: II. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: III. Gavotte I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: IV. Forlane $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: V. Menuet I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: VI. Bourree I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: VII. Passepied I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: I. Ouverture
  9. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: II. Rondeau $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: III. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: IV. Bourree I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: V. Polonaise - Double $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: VI. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: VII. Badinerie $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: I. Ouverture
  16. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air, "Air on a G String" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: III. Gavotte I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: IV. Bourree $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: V. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: I. Overture
  21. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: II. Bourree I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: III. Gavotte $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: IV. Menuet I-II $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bach — Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: V. Rejouissance $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major, BWV 1066
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bach’s Suites have been the subject of a lot of recent research, and the work of the famous American musicologist Joshua Rifkin didn’t escape Paul Dombrecht, the heart and soul of Il Fondamento. After Fasch, Telemann, Arriaga, and Albinoni, the magnificent Flemish ensemble returns with the complete orchestral suites in which the smoothness, technique, and taste of its musicians serve a crystalline transparency.

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Paul Dombrecht's 2010 recording of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suites presents them in the original Weimar and Cöthen versions, so listeners should expect some features to be strikingly different from the later revisions. Perhaps most obvious is the change in the Suite No. 2 from a solo flute to a violin, played here by Dirk Vandaele, and the key of the work has been lowered, from B minor to A minor, as Bach first composed it. Also apparent is the omission of trumpets, oboes, and timpani from the Suite No. 3, and trumpets and timpani from the Suite No. 4, which were later supplied for outdoor performances. This restoration of the suites shows them to be chamber works, presumably intended for private entertainment like the Brandenburg Concertos, and Dombrecht and his early music group Il Fondamento play them in a rather intimate manner, quite unlike the more festive presentation they usually receive. The ensemble plays with a burnished period sound, which it has cultivated since its founding in 1989 and still employs in its renditions of 18th and early 19th century repertoire. Fans of historically informed performances will appreciate the nuances of the original versions of the suites, though others may miss the brass and choose to have a more conventional performance that includes them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gijzegem (B), chapel of the Cloister of the Sisters of (04/14/2010-04/18/2010).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major, BWV 1066
  • Performer: Dirk Vandaele (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paul Dombrecht
  • Ensemble: Il Fondamento
  • Notes: Gijzegem (B), chapel of the Cloister of the Sisters of St. Vincentius a Paulo (04/14/2010-04/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
  • Performer: Dirk Vandaele (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paul Dombrecht
  • Ensemble: Il Fondamento
  • Notes: Gijzegem (B), chapel of the Cloister of the Sisters of St. Vincentius a Paulo (04/14/2010-04/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
  • Performer: Dirk Vandaele (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paul Dombrecht
  • Ensemble: Il Fondamento
  • Notes: Gijzegem (B), chapel of the Cloister of the Sisters of St. Vincentius a Paulo (04/14/2010-04/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069
  • Performer: Dirk Vandaele (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paul Dombrecht
  • Ensemble: Il Fondamento
  • Notes: Gijzegem (B), chapel of the Cloister of the Sisters of St. Vincentius a Paulo (04/14/2010-04/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725