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J.S. Bach: Overtures (Suites) for Orchestra, complete / Freiburger Baroque Orchestra

Audio Samples

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

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major, BWV 1066
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
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Notes & Reviews:

Called "Ouvertüren" in Germany because they began with a large-scale overture à la française, Bach's Orchestral Suites offer a unique synthesis of the French and Italian styles. The Leipzig Cantor did not content himself with a mere set of amiable dances for his "Collegium Musicum," he revived the genre in his own manner - accenting the contrasts, refining the orchestration and spicing them up with counterpoint. On this new specially priced set, the Freiburger Barockorchester offers benchmark performances of these indispensable treasures of the Baroque.

BBC Music Magazine
In the Freiburg Orchestra's exhilaraing account, the soft-grained Baroque flute which gilds the B minor Suite certainly fits well with the 'small is beautiful' impulse... Its reading may lack sensational revelations, but it's exuberant and stylish, laced with felicitous insights into Bach's sophisticated take on the French style... the dances leap off the page and overtures crackle with incisive declamation.

Financial Times
The Freiburg orchestra's CD offers no star soloist, but doesn't need one in Bach's four orchestral suites, where the entire ensemble is the soloist. The touchstone of these performances is their joie de vivre: a lively pace, a rhythmic verve, a stylistic sleight-of-hand that keeps this music fresh and the listener on his/her toes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Freiburg, Paulussaal (01/2011-02/2011).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
  • Running Time: 16 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major, BWV 1066
  • Running Time: 12 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731