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Naxos Bach Edition 7 - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Ii


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554608   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nadja SchubertDaniel RothertCorinne ChapelleKarl Kaiser,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Helmut Müller-Brühl and his Cologne Chamber Orchestra continue their fleet-footed traversal of Bach's formidable yet familiar Brandenburg terrain (see review of Vol. I), finishing the set with Nos. 4 and 5, and completing the intelligently compiled and generous program with two concertos that Bach reworked from earlier pieces: the so-called "Triple Concerto", for flute, violin, and harpsichord, and a transposed version of the Brandenburg No. 4 with harpsichord replacing solo violin. Here, the whole ensemble is appreciably more in synch than on Volume I, and Corinne Chapelle's violin solo work in No. 4 is brilliant. Robert Hill keeps up the virtuoso standard with his facile harpsichord finger-work in a sizzling No. 5. Nevertheless, you get Read more the feeling that rolling the general pace of all the movements back just a notch would have left some welcome breathing space and still retained the energy and impetus that Müller-Brühl so determinedly desires. The rarely heard Triple Concerto, with its charming slow movement (and sensitively realized interpretation) and the equally scarce F major transcription (with some impressive recorder playing) are a real bonus. It's especially useful to have both versions of Brandenburg No. 4 on the same disc. The sound is detailed and well-balanced, but the bass register of the harpsichord seems nearly absent.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nadja Schubert (Recorder), Daniel Rothert (Recorder), Corinne Chapelle (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Karl Kaiser (Flute), Christine Pichlmeier (Violin), Robert Hill (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 "Triple Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robert Hill (Harpsichord), Christine Pichlmeier (Violin), Karl Kaiser (Flute)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Harpsichord and 2 Recorders in F major, BWV 1057 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eva Morsbach (Recorder), Nadja Schubert (Recorder), Robert Hill (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

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
Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute and Violin in A minor, BWV 1044: I. Allegro
Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute and Violin in A minor, BWV 1044: II. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce
Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute and Violin in A minor, BWV 1044: III. Alla breve
Concerto for Harpsichord and 2 Recorders in F major, BWV 1057: I. Allegro
Concerto for Harpsichord and 2 Recorders in F major, BWV 1057: II. Andante
Concerto for Harpsichord and 2 Recorders in F major, BWV 1057: III. Allegro assai

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