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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Florilegium


Release Date: 12/09/2014 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 35914   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Rich, vibrant sonorities, sensible tempos, exacting ensemble playing, sublime solo performances, and an overall sense of these six works as the uniquely entertaining pieces that Bach intended enters this recent production from Florilegium and Channel Classics into the ranks of reference recordings of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. From the very beginning–Florilegium presents the concertos in reverse numerical order–we’re drawn in and carried along in the smoothly undulating, flowing stream of sound, by the warm resonance of the low, violin-less string timbres, and from there to No. 5’s ingeniously scored tour de force, where the harpsichord famously hogs most of the spotlight from its flute and
Read more violin solo partners, and, on Disc 1, concluding with the warm, woody resonance of the pair of recorders and their violin accomplice in No. 4.

On Disc 2 we can revel in the gritty, gutsy string sound and sharp articulation in No. 3 (concluding with another of those “look how fast I can play” Allegros), a scintillating trumpet in No. 2, and a rousing party of oboes, horns, bassoon, and piccolo violin in No. 1. Florilegium, whose discography includes lots of Telemann, Bach, and Vivaldi, knows baroque style and the manner and technique of period instruments. One note to prospective listeners: the sonic perspective here is close and balances tend to favor the solo instruments, except for the harpsichord in No. 5, in my book a bit too recessed, given its prominent role; whether this is an issue is a matter of personal taste, but you can’t deny the feeling that you’re right in the middle of these performances that faithfully capture the natural sound of an 18th-century instrumental ensemble and give a freshly polished, well-considered take on these beloved masterpieces. Highly recommended.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
2.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
5.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 

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