Bach: Nouveaux Brandebourgeois - a reconstruction by Bruce Haynes

Audio Samples

>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 7 in D major, for trumpet, oboe, violin, horn, bassoon, timpani, stri
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 8 in C major, for recorder, traverso, oboe da caccia, bassoon, violin
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 9 in D major, for strings and continuo
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 10 in D minor, for 2 alto recorders, 2 voice flutes, bassoon, strings
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 11 in D minor, for oboe, harpsichord, strings & continuo
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 12 in E minor, for 2 violas da gamba, 2 cellos & continuo

Album Summary

>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 7 in D major, for trumpet, oboe, violin, horn, bassoon, timpani, stri
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 8 in C major, for recorder, traverso, oboe da caccia, bassoon, violin
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 9 in D major, for strings and continuo
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 10 in D minor, for 2 alto recorders, 2 voice flutes, bassoon, strings
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 11 in D minor, for oboe, harpsichord, strings & continuo
>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 12 in E minor, for 2 violas da gamba, 2 cellos & continuo
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Notes & Reviews:

ATMA presents six 'New' Concertos inspired by Bach's highly colorful and creative sequence of orchestrations of the Brandenburgs. This historical reconstruction has been done by scholar and oboist Bruce Haynes. More in the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the famous recordings by the Swingle Singers, or of Wendy Carlos Switched on Bach, these concertos are not meant as serious reconstructions, merely as speculative trials to demonstrate the possibilities for instrumental treatment of Bach's rich fund of musical inventions contained in the cantatas and other vocal works. La Bande Montréal Baroque brings together some of Montreal's finest early music performers.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Adroitly culled from assorted cantata movements, Bruce Haynes's reconstructed 'Brandenburgs' might not always hang together as concertos, but the top-drawer Bach is played with vitality.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (06/2011).



Reviews

Almost Brandenburgs
The late Bruce Haynes based this project on the fact that Bach often recycled his own compositions into other forms. Imagining a whole series of concertos, lost to modern musicians, which were then used as material for the cantatas, he retrofits some of those movements into "new" Brandenburg concerti. The scoring mimics, but does not exactly duplicate, that of the originals (the third of each set, for example, is just for strings). Does it work? Yes and no. There is a real difference between the way Bach wrote for accompanied voices and for instruments alone--and that doesn't come across here. The results sound more like leftover movements from the suites. But that's a quibble: the pieces are fine, and are well-played by Montreal Baroque (though I can't warm to all the low strings lumbering through Concerto #12). The liner notes explain the rules of the reconstruction, and give the sources for all the music adapted.
Submitted on 08/12/12 by Jim D. 
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>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 7 in D major, for trumpet, oboe, violin, horn, bassoon, timpani, stri
  • Conductor: Eric Milnes
  • Ensemble: Bande Montreal Baroque
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 8 in C major, for recorder, traverso, oboe da caccia, bassoon, violin
  • Conductor: Eric Milnes
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 9 in D major, for strings and continuo
  • Conductor: Eric Milnes
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 10 in D minor, for 2 alto recorders, 2 voice flutes, bassoon, strings
  • Conductor: Eric Milnes
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 11 in D minor, for oboe, harpsichord, strings & continuo
  • Conductor: Eric Milnes
  • Running Time: 14 min. sec.
  • Form: Concerto

>Haynes, Bruce : Concerto 'Brandebourgeois' no 12 in E minor, for 2 violas da gamba, 2 cellos & continuo
  • Conductor: Eric Milnes
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.