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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 / Belder, Musica Amphion


Release Date: 02/27/2007 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93125   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Remy BaudetTheunis Van der ZwartErwin WieringaPieter-Jan Belder,   ... 
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brilliant's 2006 recordings of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, performed by Pieter-Jan Belder and the Netherlandish original instruments ensemble Musica Amphion, have been reissued several times as two separate discs, though the original release containing all six concertos maintains a separate existence as a budget release. This volume contains the Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049, the Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050, and the Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051, all played in clean and colorful period style and recorded in a resonant church acoustic that gives the music a fresh, lustrous ambience. Because this, like other titles in Brilliant's catalog, has the drab appearance of a poorly produced cost-cutter release, some Read more collectors may pass it by, but that would be a mistake since these are exceptional performances that can give many of the better-known authentic renditions a run for the money. As leader of the group and performer on recorder and harpsichord, Belder offers intelligent and expressive interpretations that closely follow accepted Baroque practices, and though he and his fellow musicians aren't widely known outside the circle of listeners interested in early music, they can be respected for their musicianship and scholarly credentials. While these Brandenburgs may not be everyone's favorite performances in the end, they deserve attention from experienced listeners and newcomers alike.

-- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Remy Baudet (Violino Piccolo), Theunis Van der Zwart (French Horn), Erwin Wieringa (French Horn),
Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord), Frank De Bruine (Oboe)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands 
Length: 19 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands (05/2006 - 06/2006) 
2.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Recorder), Remy Baudet (Violin), Frank De Bruine (Oboe),
William Wroth (Trumpet), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands (05/2006 - 06/2006) 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Recorder), Saskia Coolen (Recorder), Siebe Henstra (Harpsichord),
Remy Baudet (Violin)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands 
Length: 14 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands (05/2006 - 06/2006) 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Remy Baudet (Violin), Wilbert Hazelzet (Flute), Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands 
Length: 20 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands (05/2006 - 06/2006) 
5.
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mieneke Van der Velden (Viola da gamba), Lucia Swarts (Cello), Sayuri Yamagata (Viola),
Johannes Boer (Viola da gamba), Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord), Staas Swierstra (Viola)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands 
Length: 16 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands (05/2006 - 06/2006) 
6.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rainer Zipperling (Cello), Irmgard Schaller (Violin), Sayuri Yamagata (Violin),
Albert Brüggen (Cello), Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord), Richte Van der Meer (Cello),
Remy Baudet (Violin), Staas Swierstra (Viola), Mariette Holtrop (Viola),
Marten Boeken (Viola)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Lokhurst Church, Leiden, The Netherlands (05/2006 - 06/2006) 

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