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Bach: Die Brandenburgischen Konzerte, Etc. / Schreier


Release Date: 09/17/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 434918   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maurice BourgueHåkan HardenbergerIrena GrafenauerSimon Preston
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Authenticity of spirit and scrupulous concern for detail on non-period instruments - Schreier and his players are outstanding.

With dozens of Brandenburg recordings available, what hope for another to say something new? Astonishingly, Schreier and his exemplary team do just that, with deliberately fashioned phrasing and scrupulous concern for detail. The string playing is detached to match the wind tonguing, yet it never loses its sense of purpose and direction. I found the third Brandenburg quite outstanding, with transparent textures and impeccable care over the constantly shifting balance of solo interjections. It’s very finely structured by the players’ sensitive judgement not just of volume but also of intensity.
Read more In the notorious Second Concerto, authentic recorder vies with modern oboe, violin and trumpet. Yet even here balance comes primarily from the players rather than from intrusive engineering. Few performances can have been more carefully prepared. Thanks partly to purposeful slow movements, there is room for the triple concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord – matching the Fifth Brandenburg – and, a particular gem, the lost concerto for three violins reconstructed from its extant harpsichord version. These discs are wonderfully fresh at first hearing. Despite its distinctive expressiveness, I think it will wear well. From their uncompromising stylistic standpoint – authenticity of spirit on non-period instruments – Schreier and his players are outstanding.

-- George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maurice Bourgue (Oboe)
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maurice Bourgue (Oboe), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Irena Grafenauer (Flute), Simon Preston (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
6.
Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 "Triple Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Harpsichord), Irena Grafenauer (Flute)
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 

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