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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Cortot, Et Al


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 67211   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alfred Cortot
Conductor:  Alfred Cortot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ecole Normale Chamber Orchestra Paris
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alfred Cortot's early 1930s recordings of Bach's 'Brandendurg Concertos' with the Orchestra of the École Normale de Musique mark the first time that all six concertos were recorded. One would expect these performances, produced in this pre-"performance-practice" era of more primitive recording technology, to sound dated and harsh. The delightful surprise of this pioneering recording is the astonishing level of musicianship of the performers, many of whom were the leading instrumentalists of their day. Consequently, the playing of the Concertino sections (especially in the Fifth Concerto) remains some of the finest playing of this music on disc. Cortot shines his Brandenburg Concertos through what to twentieth-century ears is a less familiar Read more prism, but one that, nevertheless, cannot fail to convince by the brilliance of its colors alone. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfred Cortot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ecole Normale Chamber Orchestra Paris
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/01/1933 
Venue:  École Normal de Musique, Paris, France 
Length: 17 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2. Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfred Cortot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ecole Normale Chamber Orchestra Paris
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1933 
Venue:  École Normal de Musique, Paris, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfred Cortot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ecole Normale Chamber Orchestra Paris
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/29/1933 
Venue:  École Normal de Musique, Paris, France 
Length: 15 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfred Cortot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ecole Normale Chamber Orchestra Paris
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1932 
Venue:  École Normal de Musique, Paris, France 
Length: 19 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5. Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfred Cortot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ecole Normale Chamber Orchestra Paris
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/02/1931 
Venue:  École Normal de Musique, Paris, France 
Length: 17 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6. Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfred Cortot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ecole Normale Chamber Orchestra Paris
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/02/1931 
Venue:  École Normal de Musique, Paris, France 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7. Concerto for Organ in D minor, BWV 596 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/18/1937 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Alfred Cortot 
8. Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: 2nd movement, Largo-Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/18/1937 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Alfred Cortot 

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