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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Concerto Italiano, Et Al


Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30412   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 40 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Just when you think there is nothing new to say and nothing more to add to the Brandenburg Concertos' rich interpretive spectrum on disc, along comes Rinaldo Alessandrini. In one fell swoop, the harpsichordist/conductor has created a reference period-instrument version for this century's first decade, shedding revealing light on this done-to-death repertoire without ever losing sight of the music's style and spirit. Because Alessandrini assigns one instrument to a part, the strings and horns interact more pungently than usual in the First Concerto, the Fourth's fugue becomes even more conversational and colorful, and the Sixth's dark-toned lower strings acquire a rare buoyancy. Furthermore, the
Read more generally fast tempos never slip onto the proverbial metronomic treadmill, while the slow movements feature unfailingly eloquent and flexible solo playing.


The Fifth's central trio-sonata movement is a case in point, where the flute and violin shape their long lines around the beat without losing awareness of it. It's sort of like classical jazz, and it works wonderfully well. If anything, trumpet soloist Gabriele Cassone sounds more lithe and effortless in this Second than in the excellent version he recorded with Il Giardino Armonico on Teldec. Alessandrini's continuo work soars with imagination, yet it never gets in the way--and what a dazzling, no-holds-barred first-movement cadenza in the Fifth!


There are two bonus tracks. One gives you Bach's earlier 18-bar version of the Fifth's cadenza; the other features Bach's later reworking of the Third's first movement that appeared as Cantata No. 174's Sinfonia, with added horns, oboes, and bassoon. Naïve's gorgeous, crystal-clear engineering seals my sky-high recommendation with a sonic kiss. [11/22/2005]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 20 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2. Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3. Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 20 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5. Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 15 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6. Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte, BWV 174: Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 1st movement, Allegro - Cadenza [First version] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: ?Cöthen, Germany (1720 - 1721). 
8. Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: I. -
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: II. Adagio
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: III. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: IV. Minuet
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: V. Trio I
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: VI. Minuet da capo
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: VII. Polacca
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: VIII. Minuet
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: IX. Trio II
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: X. Minuet da capo
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: I. [Allegro]
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: II. Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: I. [Allegro]
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: II. Adagio - Allegro
Ich liebe den Hochsten von ganzem Gemute, BWV 174: Sinfonia
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: II. Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: III. Presto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: I. Cadenza (bars 147-180) (1st version)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: I. -
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: II. Adagio ma non tanto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: III. Allegro

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