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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi


Release Date: 08/23/1994 
Label:  Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog #: 1037/38   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A lovely performance of the Brandenburg Concertos. In an era where there are so many appalling performances, this one stands out as civilized, intelligent and elegant. I do not agree with all the rhythmic choices, but they are minor. The slow movements are particularly intimate and sweet and the fast movements are, thankfully, not too fast. The sound has minimal reverb, creating a nicely intimate sound. With elegant tempos, intelligent phrasing, and excellent soloists I can happily recommend this recording." ---Jan Hanford, www.jsbach.org

"High strung in temper, lean but well-muscled in physique, these Brandenburg Concertos make the strongest argument I’ve heard in recent years for the feasibility of playing
Read more Bach “authentically” on modern instruments. A modestly sized modern ensemble (the Philharmonia Virtuosi exceeds 12 strings only in No. 2), equipped with the right spirit and the proper bowing technique, can play Bach as sweetly and as honestly as any gut-stringed group, retaining all the softly voiced expressions while bringing a satisfying power to the great cadences."-- Tom Vernier – CD Review
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Works on This Recording

1.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Purchase College, NY 
Length: 19 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Purchase College, NY 
Length: 11 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Purchase College, NY 
Length: 15 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Purchase College, NY 
Length: 22 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Purchase College, NY 
Length: 16 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Richard Kapp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Purchase College, NY 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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