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Bach: The Orchestral Suites / Kuijken, La Petite Bande

Bach / Petite Bande / Kuijken
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 24279   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following the Brandenburg Concertos, Sigiswald Kuijken now presents this new recording of the four Orchestral Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach with his ensemble La Petite Bande. Orchestral suites in the French style, in which the actual 'overture' is always followed by a series of dances or characteristic movements, were quite well known during Bach's time at courts throughout Europe. The splendour of the Versailles court of Louis XIV and XV was imitated everywhere, and music was of great importance in this respect. Sigiswald Kuijken has chosen a rather small ensemble for the present recording; the particular advantage of this approach is in the transparency of the voice-leading. Alongside the harpsichord, the bass group consists of one or Read more two so-called 8-foot violones, a bass instrument significantly larger than the baroque cello and which produces a considerably more resonant sound due to its larger body and thicker strings. What is especially remarkable about this recording, however, is the exclusive use of natural trumpets without auxiliary holes - customary today but in fact historically incorrect. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Begijnhofkerk, Sint-Truiden, Belgium 
Length: 9 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Begijnhofkerk, Sint-Truiden, Belgium 
Length: 14 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Begijnhofkerk, Sint-Truiden, Belgium 
Length: 12 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4. Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Begijnhofkerk, Sint-Truiden, Belgium 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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