Bach: Brandenberg Concertos / Amsterdam Guitar Trio
Rca Victor Red Seal
Johann Sebastian Bach
Amsterdam Guitar Trio
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The Amsterdam Guitar Trio recorded its brilliant arrangements of four of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in 1985, and though that may seem a long time ago, these virtuoso performances still sound remarkably fresh and vital. The playing of guitarists Helenus de Rijke, Johan Dorrestein, and Olga Franssen, with harpsichordist Tini Mathot as guest soloist in the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, is always transparent in line and meticulous in detail, so all of the counterpoint can clearly be heard and the ensemble is full and balanced. There are also fine distinctions made between the concertino and ripieno passages, which the three guitarists ingeniously simulate through adjustments in dynamics, timbres, and textures, and there is a genuine
feeling of give and take that is essential in these classics of the concerto grosso form. RCA's sound is close-up and vibrant, with enough resonance and space to give the musicians breathing room."
-- Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide
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Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
fresh take on Brandenburgs April 5, 2013
By r. yrabedra See All My Reviews
"I first found the Brandenburg Concertos in the public library in Mobile when I was a boy. It was the start of a life-long love of Bach....I've heard them played fast or slow, on period instruments or by full orchestras. The Amsterdam Guitar Trio made me listen so carefully....it renewed my fascination with these works. I wondered what they would do with the 5th...my favorite....they brought in a harpsichord for the madness where all the other instruments drop away and the harpsichord goes wild. The album is such a fresh take...I play it in my studio while painting or drawing, in the car while driving, or in the living room while I'm checking out facebook. Wonderful recording to renew your love for Brandenburgs."