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Bach: 4 Orchestral Suites, Etc / Pickett, New London Consort


Release Date: 06/27/2011 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 452000   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lisa Beznosiuk
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pickett courts controversy by following a 1739 music treatise that implies Gavottes should be brisker, Bourrées a touch more sedate. However, the results are disarmingly persuasive, rhythms elegant yet well sprung.

We don’t know when or why Bach composed his first orchestral suites, but it seems certain they were performed at his Leipzig Collegium Musicum concerts in the 1730s. These concerts, held in a local coffee-house, were probably convivial affairs, with students comprising the majority of players and visiting musicians welcome to sit in. The orchestral suite, derived in part from the French overture developed by Lully, was a popular form throughout Germany and Bach’s essays in the genre seem designed for
Read more broad appeal. There’s the intimate charm of the flute-based Suite No. 2, the dreamy tread of No. 3’s famous violin ‘Air’, the trumpets-and-timpani grandeur that kick-starts Nos 3 and 4 with a ceremonial flourish.

Philip Pickett courts controversy by basing his tempi on a 1739 music treatise that implies Gavottes should be brisker, Bourrées a touch more sedate, than is currently assumed. However, the results are disarmingly persuasive, rhythms elegant yet well sprung. Pickett also brings an enticingly airy feel to the lighter textures, while mastering sufficient thunder for the grander passages. He provides an attractive bonus, too, by including five instrumental episodes from various Bach vocal works, with the recorders and violas of BWV 18 sounding especially haunting. Excellent.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Gleich wie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt, BWV 18 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1715; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Easter Oratorio, BWV 249: Sinfonia no 1 in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn, BWV 152: no 1, Sinfonia in E minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 12/30/1714 
8.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31: no 1, Sonata in C major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
9.
Vereingte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten, BWV 207: March by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Germany 

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