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Bach: 4 Orchestral Suites / Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus


Release Date: 10/05/1993 
Label:  Teldec Das Alte Werk Catalog #: 92174   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This well-documented and handsomely presented set is well worth considering. Harnoncourt led the way in ‘authentic’ Bach performances, and in some respects – the slow minuets and the somewhat portentous introductions, for instance – these Sixties recordings differ from more recent practice. But no matter, since the approach is full of life, and the balance allows details to be heard clearly and naturally. The fugal sections are particularly successful.

-- Terry Barfoot, BBC Music Magazine
This well-documented and handsomely presented set is well worth considering. Harnoncourt led the way in ‘authentic’ Bach performances, and in some respects – the slow minuets and the somewhat portentous introductions, for instance – these Sixties recordings differ from more recent practice. But no matter, since the approach is full of life, and the balance allows details to be heard clearly and naturally. The fugal sections are particularly successful.

-- Terry Barfoot, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
4. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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