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Naxos Bach Edition 8 - Bach: Overtures (Suites) No 1-4


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554609   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bettina EgerUte HartwichMartin KevenhörsterHans-Martin Kothe,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After his hypersonic and occasionally reckless Brandenburgs, Helmut Müller-Brühl gets the tempos and balances right for the four Orchestral Suites. Technically solid and buoyant in spirit, the performances really take off, largely due to an approach that allows the character of each dance to set the tone for each movement. Although we're hearing (mostly) modern instruments (there are natural trumpets and what sounds like a Baroque flute), the playing style is centered in currently accepted conventions of Baroque performance practice, including clean, distinctly articulated bowing, a bright, lean string sound, and limited vibrato. Happily, Müller-Brühl doesn't indulge in distracting double-dotted French overture fussiness Read more or similar affectations that some conductors find irresistible. Instead, we get fine, straightforward performances with plenty of energy and verve--no quirky ornaments or extreme tempos.


And, speaking of tempos, the famous "Air" from Suite No. 3 is perfectly paced, its interpretive manner gentle and confident without Romantic pretension. The following gavotte movement, which often is run over in a mad rush by conductors and players over-eager to show off, here is given air and space enough for us to feel it as a legitimate dance. Karl Kaiser's virtuosic flute solo ("Badinerie") is on par with the finest recorded versions (remember the smashing Swingle Singers rendition of a few decades ago?). There are Baroque orchestras that play with even more clarity and polish (Les Violons du Roy) and there are several excellent specialist ensembles that are much better known (Tafelmusik; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra), but none of these currently has a recording of this music in the catalog. Besides, no one looking for well-played, reliable interpretations of these core repertoire pieces, in very fine sound, will be disappointed with this choice. A good basic set.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bettina Eger (Oboe), Ute Hartwich (Natural Trumpet), Martin Kevenhörster (Bassoon),
Hans-Martin Kothe (Natural Trumpet), Almut Rux (Natural Trumpet), Stephan Rapp (Timpani),
Stefan Schilli (Oboe), Anja M. Schmiel (Oboe)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Kevenhörster (Bassoon), Stefan Schilli (Oboe), Anja M. Schmiel (Oboe)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Karl Kaiser (Flute)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anja M. Schmiel (Oboe), Ute Hartwich (Natural Trumpet), Martin Kevenhörster (Bassoon),
Hans-Martin Kothe (Natural Trumpet), Almut Rux (Natural Trumpet), Stephan Rapp (Timpani),
Stefan Schilli (Oboe)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: II. Courante
Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: III. Gavotte I and II
Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: IV. Forlane
Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: V. Menuet I and II
Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: VI. Bourree I and II
Overture (Suite) No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: VII. Passepied I and II
Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: II. Rondeau
Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: III. Sarabande
Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: IV. Bourree I and II
Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: V. Polonaise, Double
Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: VI. Menuet
Overture (Suite) No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: VII. Badinerie
Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: II. Air
Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: III. Gavotte I and II
Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: IV. Bourree
Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: V. Gigue
Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: II. Bourree I and II
Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: III. Gavotte
Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: IV. Menuet I and II
Overture (Suite) No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: V. Rejouissance

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