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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble


Release Date: 12/16/2003 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Scott TempleRichard DallessioStephen TaylorJoseph Anderer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are excellent, modern-instrument performances flavored by a fine sense of period style. The St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble boasts an impressive roster of talent, and every soloist makes a distinguished contribution to the proceedings. In the Second Concerto, trumpeter Chris Gekker plays with brilliance and panache, his tone less reedy than that of many of his "authentic instrument" colleagues. Flutist Elizabeth Mann does outstanding work everywhere that she appears, and she really comes into her own in the Fourth Concerto, which is performed about as well as it can be. The wind soloists manage to find an ideal sectional balance in the difficult First Concerto, highlighted by irresistible energy in the quicker movements. Read more Polyphonic textures in the strings-only Third and Sixth Concertos offer clarity without scruffiness or any sacrifice in tonal warmth.


If there's any fly in this enticing ointment, it occurs in the Fifth Concerto, where Robert Wolinsky's harpsichord, though certainly well played and characterful in the great first-movement cadenza, sounds a touch feeble compared to his fellow soloists. This is often a problem with modern instrument performances, particularly as we have gotten used to more assertive continuo playing in the decades since the period instrument folks burst upon the scene. But that's not really the issue here: this is a keyboard concerto first and foremost, and while the exceptionally clear and detailed recording loses nothing of importance and Wolinsky's colleagues hardly hog the spotlight, it would have been nice had he chosen a more powerfully projecting instrument. On the whole, it's a minor blemish in a set that serves as a worthy successor to the classic I Musici recording for Philips, perhaps as polished and appealing a collection of modern-instrument Brandenburgs as we have any right to expect.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Scott Temple (French Horn), Richard Dallessio (Oboe), Stephen Taylor (Oboe),
Joseph Anderer (French Horn), Melanie Feld (Oboe), Erika Sato (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 19 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Chris Gekker (Trumpet), Mayuki Fukuhara (Violin), Elizabeth Mann (Flute),
Stephen Taylor (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sheryl Henze (Flute), Elizabeth Mann (Flute), Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elizabeth Mann (Flute), Robert Wolinsky (Harpsichord), Mitsuru Tsubota (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 20 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Louise Schulman (Viola), Maureen Gallagher (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 16 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ronald Carbone (Viola), Louise Schulman (Viola), Mayuki Fukuhara (Violin),
Krista Bennion-Feeney (Violin), Maureen Gallagher (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: I. -
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: II. Adagio
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: III. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: IV. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto - Polacca - Trio - Menuetto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: I. [Allegro]
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: II. Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: I. -. II. Adagio
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: II. Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: III. Presto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: I. -
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: II. Adagio ma non tanto
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: III. Allegro

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