Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Bach: Orchestral Suites, "triple" Concerto Bwv 1044


Release Date: 10/22/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54653   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel StepnerChristopher KruegerJohn Gibbons
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 51 Mins. 

This title is currently unavailable.



This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances of the Suites are among the most attractive that have come my way. There is an airiness and a light tread about them which I find irresistible; but, more than that, these players, one to a part, achieve a beautifully balanced ensemble with textures that are so lucid that the listener is able to enjoy details in Bach's writing all too often lost in performances. The First Suite, in C major, which employs harpsichord alone as continuo affords almost countless examples of these deliciously transparent textures, and one need only listen to the second Menuet or the second Bourree, for instance to see what I mean. These, and everything else in the Suite are played with vitality, charm and a sure sense of style, heightened by a Read more sparing though judicious application of ornaments.

Sensibly, Parrott has separated the two D major Suites choosing the Suite No. 3 to follow the C major Suite. Here the oboes, bassoon and strings are joined by trumpets and drums. In the exuberant Overture with its important violin concertante element Parrott sets a brisk, though not too brisk pace, nicely capturing the spirit of the piece. Elizabeth Blumenstock's violin solo is admirable—clearly articulated, effectively phrased and secure in pitch. In the famous ''Air'' which follows, the two violin strands complement one another evenly and gracefully, and Parrott shapes the movement with affection.

The solo flute in the Suite in B minor is Christopher Krueger. Here, once again, I liked both the choice of tempos and the clarity of line, the sort of clarity which is the product of fine ensemble playing rather than the result of a contrived studio balance. Perhaps I felt the Menuet a shade lacking in finesse. String tuning is a little variable and the basses hurry the quavers leading onto the first half reprise. The Fourth Suite, similarly scored to the Third but with a bassoon and an additional oboe, is among Bach's richest orchestral creations. Parrott's performance is crisply articulated, lively in spirit and enjoyable from start to finish, though I sensed a momentary rhythmic unsteadiness in the dotted opening section of the overture and a feeling of undue hurry in the movement's closing section.

The remaining piece in the programme is Bach's Triple Concerto in A minor for flute, violin, harpsichord and strings. Here, the players involved in the Suites are joined by the violinist Daniel Stepner, a member of the excellent Boston Museum Trio. As in the Suites, Parrott allots one instrument to each part allowing us to enjoy every nuance of Bach's distinctive and delicately wrought texture. Only in the finale did I find the bass strand a little on the heavy side in relation to the other parts; but this did little to spoil my enjoyment of the whole. In summary, a fine release which I recommend strongly and, above all perhaps, for the First Suite and the Concerto.'

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Mass 
Length: 22 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 "Triple Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Stepner (Violin), Christopher Krueger (Flute), John Gibbons (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Memorial Music Hall, Metheun, Mass 
Length: 19 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Mass 
Length: 20 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Krueger (Flute)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Mass 
Length: 23 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
5.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Memorial Music Hall, Metheun, Mass 
Length: 25 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In