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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Freiburger Barockorchester

Notes & Reviews:

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos scarcely need an introduction. Widely regarded as among the finest orchestral compositions of the Baroque era, these six works dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721 explore a dizzying array of instrumental combinations and timbres. The rise of historically informed performance practices in recent years has shed new light on the evergreen Brandenburg Concertos and greatly expanded the gamut of interpretive possibilities. Three centuries later, the cycle is as open as ever to new interpretations, as the sparkling performances by the Freiburger Barockorchester on this recording aptly demonstrate.

Financial Times, 28th February 2014
I warmed immediately to the Freiburgers' engagement with the music's breadth and scale, refusing to squash it in a breathless blaze of "period" mannerisms...you feel the zing of jubilant repartee as multi-layered lines are traded and interwoven within this conductor-less ensemble. That's authenticity.

MusicWeb International, 31st March 2014
Beautifully played and contains plenty of fresh realisations...it takes its place among the best in a very competitive field.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
An uncanny sense of corporate cohesion...yields luxuriant textures, polished ensemble and meticulously plotted conceptions, born of single-mindedness and an embedded familiarity with their colleagues and the material.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
There are positive moments. There are other exciting and colorful moments. On the whole, this is a good contribution to the period treatment of this set.


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