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J.S. Bach: The Four Orchestral Suites / Virtuosi Saxoniae, Guttler

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
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Can one ever tire of the dancing inspiration that animates these four portmanteau collections which have delighted both serious and casual listeners ever since Bach compiled them for use in social occasions as the 30-something Kapellmeister at the briefly enlightened court of Prince Leopold of Cöthen, exulting in the multifarious influences which he had absorbed and could place at the service of a compositional mind of unequalled intellectual brilliance yet always conscious of his music's need to entertain, to give delight as well as accompany the sober thoughts of his congregations? Not, at any rate, in these performances from a virtuoso German ensemble hailing from Bach's own part of the world and masterminded by a superb trumpeter-turned-conductor who well understands the exuberant, public character of these suites, their occasional purposes, for all that in such moments as the famous Air from the G major Suite, No.3, they appear to take on a more confiding aspect, drawing the listener in before dispelling the tension with another jolly minuet or charming sarabande.


Works:

Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Guido Titze (Oboe), Günter Klier (Bassoon), Andreas Lorenz (Trumpet)
Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany
Date of Recording: 03/1992
Venue: Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany
Length: 19 Minutes 13 Secs.

Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Eckart Haupt (Flute), Roland Straumer (Violin), Heinz-Dieter Richter (Violin),
Friedemann Jähnig (Viola), Werner Zeibig (Double Bass), Joachim Bischof (Cello)
Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany
Date of Recording: 05/1992
Venue: Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany
Length: 18 Minutes 19 Secs.

Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roland Straumer (Violin), Thomas Käppler (Timpani), Roland Rudolph (Trumpet),
Mathias Schmutzler (Trumpet), Ludwig Güttler (Trumpet)
Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany
Date of Recording: 1990-91
Venue: Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany
Length: 17 Minutes 59 Secs.

Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Manfred Krause (Oboe), Mathias Schmutzler (Trumpet), Günter Klier (Bassoon),
Thomas Käppler (Timpani), Guido Titze (Oboe), Ludwig Güttler (Trumpet),
Andreas Lorenz (Oboe), Roland Rudolph (Trumpet)
Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany
Date of Recording: 10/1991
Venue: Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany
Length: 17 Minutes 10 Secs.



American Record Guide
Amazingly enough, that the complete recording on period instruments by Le Petite Bande from 1982 (reissued as DHM 77008) does not have many of the "HIP" affectations, and Barthold Kuijken (baroque fl) is an elegant soloist in Suite 2.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lukaskirche, Dresden (03/1992); Lukaskirche, Dresden (05/1992); Lukaskirche, Dresden (10/1991); Lukaskirche, Dresden (12/1990/01/1991).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major, BWV 1066
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725