Thirty years after his first reference recording of the Brandenburg Concertos (with the Musica Antiqua Köln), conductor Reinhard Goebel, the “early music icon” and winner of the Leipzig Bach Medal, is presenting an exciting new reference recording of Bach’s celebrated masterpiece. For this project he has joined forces with the Berlin Barock Solisten, an ensemble formed in 1995 from members of the Berlin Philharmonic and leading figures in Berlin’s early music scene with the goal of playing 17th- and 18th-century music at the highest artistic level on modern or modernised period instruments. Maestro Goebel and the Berlin Barock Solisten perform the Brandenburgs not only with consummate technique but with thrilling verve, supremeRead more sensitivity and a wealth of dynamic contrasts. Goebel has also incorporated the latest findings of musical scholarship in his recording, for example regarding the choice of instruments. Rounding off the recording are the Sinfonias from the Cantatas Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte (BWV 174) and Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats (BWV 42), both of which relate musically to the Brandenburg Concertos.
Goebel continues to rejoice in dashing tempos and they have become faster than ever, for which there is great conviction in evidence. So precise is the playing and so exhilarating the rhythmic pulse that Goebel manages to justify his challengingly personal yet convincing view of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.
Hurry up! The cafeteria's closing!March 16, 2018By Stephen S. (Waukesha, WI)See All My Reviews"Playing the Brandenburg Concertos at a speed never before achieved in recorded history, the Berlin Baroque Soloists demonstrate a skill not easy to get used to. If only they had slowed it to the clip used in Goebel's recording with Musica Antiqua Koln, they would have been perfect in my estimation. I'd really have to give this performance 3.5 stars if Amazon had allowed ratings in half-stars. That said, there really is musical skill here, and we owe this group gratitude and repeated playings for moving the period-instrument movement forward in some respects."Report Abuse
Breakneck paceFebruary 17, 2018By Stanley Ferguson F. (Northfield, IL)See All My Reviews"These are very well played versions, but the tempi are disconcertingly fast. Im a believer in brisk pacing but these renditions sound as if Goebel is literally trying to see how fast it is possible to play these concerti. Im not sure I see the point of playing these so fast its not easy to enjoy the familiar but glorious music."Report Abuse
Precise Bach February 13, 2018By ronaldo f. See All My Reviews"I liked the Soloists arrangement and presentation very much. They're very precise and accurate. However I felt they miss some musical force and exclamation."Report Abuse