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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this new release from SDG, John Eliot Gardiner and his superb period-instrument chamber orchestra, the English Baroque Soloists, offer their unique interpretation of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. This is Gardiner’s ? rst recording of these works and it follows a phenomenal elevenconcert residency at the Spital? eds Music Winter Festival in December 2008 and January 2009. These concertos, described by Bach as ‘Concertos for several instruments’, are widely regarded as among the ?nest musical compositions of the Baroque. Now considered a benchmark of Baroque music, the concertos still have the power to move people almost three centuries later. Concert review: "Gardiner encouraged rampaging exuberance from his excellent horns, subtle dynamic variations from oboes and strings, and some unusually complex phrasing...delivered with such conviction." — THE TIMES

Gramophone Magazine
These performances are recognisable enough as being in the Gardiner mould. There is the usual clarity of texture and detail; few accounts of Nos 3 and 6 have such chiselled edges and unobtrusively assertive inner parts. Tempi are brisk, and while they are not hard-driven in the way they might have been 20 years ago, the finale of No 2 charges to a startlingly abrupt finish. ...these are undeniably Brandenburgs of flair and understanding.

Charlotte Gardner, bbc.co.uk
This disc stands up on its own quite simply as a smashing performance that has evidently been recorded for sheer delight in the music...The ensemble playing is a model of cohesive teamwork, but the players also shine as individuals in the many virtuoso solo passages.

BBC Music Magazine
A constant delight. ... Katie Debretzeni deserves the highest praise: her phrasing, punctuation and inflective charm contain all the communicative apparatus of the finest oratory, bringing, to my ears at least, something entirely fresh to this sublime music.

Sunday Times
Gardiner's Bachian zeal hovers over the performances: these are refreshingly unmannered accounts, brilliantly played... The Fourth - for violin and two recorders - and Fifth - with solo violin, flute and harpsichord - have rarely sounded more intimate, while the all-string concertos, the Third and the violinless Sixth, tingle with the spirit of baroque dance.

The Telegraph
[Gardiner] lets his band get on with it and the results...are superb. The English Baroque Soloists, led by Kati Debretzeni, listen to each other like a jazz group, mirroring and echoing the other players, responding to subtle changes of dynamics or tempo.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cité de la Musique, Paris, France (01/10/2009-01/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cité de la Musique, Paris, France (01/10/2009-01/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cité de la Musique, Paris, France (01/10/2009-01/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cité de la Musique, Paris, France (01/10/2009-01/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Running Time: 20 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cité de la Musique, Paris, France (01/10/2009-01/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721