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Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte No 1-6 / Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

Release Date: 10/14/2003 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2901634   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christian BeuseSaskia FikentscherPiet DhontHans-Peter Westermann,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For a time, toward the end of the last century, there seemed to be two fundamental styles of playing Bach and other 18th-century composers on period instruments: one approach was to try to get the ensemble to sound as polished, balanced and elegant as possible – favored by most British and North American groups – while the other was to emphasize the piquant coloration, raucous loud dynamics, and scrappy individual tone of the old instruments – which seemed to be preferred by most of the German and Italian bands of the day. These exuberant, somewhat rough-hewn accounts of the Brandenburg Concertos, from the Berlin-based Akademie für Alte Musik, belong decidedly to the latter category, but are without a doubt among the best of their kind Read more ever to be put on disc. Recorded in 1997 and first released in 1998, the readings celebrate texture and timbre with playing that is spiky, sharply accented, wiry, and energetic, but never unduly abrasive or rude. Bach’s voice leading and sparkling contrapuntal refinements sometimes get lost in the shuffle, but there is a sense of panache to the performances that gets back to the very meaning of Baroque – as something “strange, irregular, and fantastic.” – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christian Beuse (Bassoon), Saskia Fikentscher (Oboe), Piet Dhont (Oboe),
Hans-Peter Westermann (Oboe), Christian-Friedrich Dallmann (French Horn), Reinhard Büttner (French Horn),
Christine Busch (Violino Piccolo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hans-Peter Westermann (Oboe), Georg Kallweit (Violin), Marion Verbruggen (Recorder),
Friedemann Immer (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Midori Seiler (Violin), Marion Verbruggen (Recorder), Saskia Fikentscher (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Antje Schurrock (Flute), Raphael Alpermann (Harpsichord), Christine Busch (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 AAM Berlin June 9, 2015 By Eugene P. (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "Very well played with brisk exhilarating tempos. Sound clear and transparent, though with bright treble emphasis. Will play this often, along with the Freiburger, Egarr, Pinnock II, Hogwood, Richter." Report Abuse
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