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Bach: Orchestral Suites No 2-4 / Marriner, ASMF


Release Date: 01/11/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 86083   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Denis VigayGraham SheenGeorge CairdBarry Davis,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the second recording of Bach's orchestral suites from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The first, dating From 1971, was reissued...Decca...; the new one was recorded in 1985. In his review of the Decca set RF remarked upon the liveliness and ebullience of the playing though he found some of the tempos a little too fast. The present versions do not sufficiently differ from the earlier ones in that respect to make much of a point of comparison, so I'll concentrate on features which provide greater distinctions between the two.

One of the most important of them lies in Marriner's more frequent use of appoggiaturas than previously. This is all to the good... The performances on the new HMV release are certainly
Read more robust and lively... William Bennett is the flute soloist on both occasions and...he is, perhaps, marginally more fluent in the new issue... The tempo of the Badinerie is effective in both.

There is less to choose between the two versions where the D major Suites are concerned. They are both very well played. Perhaps, on balance, the new release scores over the older one if only because of the notably vivid recorded sound which enables the listener to enjoy Bach's immensely rich orchestral textures with greater facility. The famous Air from BWVI068, by the way, is played as a violin solo by Iona Brown in the new issue, whilst in the reissue it is treated as a ripieno movement. In general, rhythms are more crisply accentuated in the new set and this is particularly effective where the Overtures themselves are concerned, Individual instrumental contributions in both sets are of a high standard; I've already mentioned William Bennett and Iona Brown, but there are fine performances, too, from Celia Nicklin and Barry Davis (oboes) and Graham Sheen (bassoon) in the C major Suite of the HMV set... Neither [perfomance], I think, is likely to cause disappointment...

-- Gramophone [12/1985]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Denis Vigay (Cello), Graham Sheen (Bassoon), George Caird (Oboe),
Barry Davis (Oboe), Celia Nicklin (Oboe), Michael Laird (Trumpet),
William Houghton (Trumpet), Simon Ferguson (Trumpet), Alastair Ross (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Denis Vigay (Cello), Alastair Ross (Harpsichord), William Bennett (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Celia Nicklin (Oboe), Iona Brown (Violin), Alastair Ross (Organ),
Alastair Ross (Harpsichord), Denis Vigay (Cello), Simon Ferguson (Trumpet),
William Houghton (Trumpet), Michael Laird (Trumpet), Barry Davis (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 

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