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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1, 3, 4 & 5 / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano

Bach / Concerto Italiano / Alessandrini
Release Date: 08/06/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 40030  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Just when you think there is nothing new to say and nothing more to add to the Brandenburg Concertos' rich interpretive spectrum on disc, along comes Rinaldo Alessandrini. In one fell swoop, the harpsichordist/conductor has created a reference period-instrument version for this century's first decade, shedding revealing light on this done-to-death repertoire without ever losing sight of the music's style and spirit. Because Alessandrini assigns one instrument to a part, the strings and horns interact more pungently than usual in the First Concerto, the Fourth's fugue becomes even more conversational and colorful... Furthermore, the generally fast tempos never slip onto the proverbial metronomic treadmill, while the slow movements Read more feature unfailingly eloquent and flexible solo playing.

The Fifth's central trio-sonata movement is a case in point, where the flute and violin shape their long lines around the beat without losing awareness of it. It's sort of like classical jazz, and it works wonderfully well. Alessandrini's continuo work soars with imagination, yet it never gets in the way--and what a dazzling, no-holds-barred first-movement cadenza in the Fifth! Naïve's gorgeous, crystal-clear engineering seals my sky-high recommendation with a sonic kiss." [11/22/2005]

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Reviewing earlier release of this recording, Naive 30412
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Works on This Recording

1.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 20 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 20 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Farnese Palace, Rome, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Short and Very Sweet November 5, 2016 By Charles E. (Westbury, NY) See All My Reviews "This is a great CD to get if you already have a recording of the Brandenburg Concertos. This recording is lighter and fresher than anything out there. Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano have long been favorites of mine, mostly through there passionate Vivaldi work. Crisp, authentic and exciting, this is great music making. I feel that Bach would have heartily approved. The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2010 CD gives these recordings 4 stars out of 4 and a "key recording - top recommendations." I found this release particularly appealing, because it is a one-disc version with 4 of the concertos. It allowed me to hear their version with little expense. If you don't already have a recording of these masterpieces, get the double CD with all of them. You won't be disappointed." Report Abuse
 Excellent set October 3, 2013 By Andrew J. Z. (Port Washington, NY) See All My Reviews "This is the mid-price version of Alessandri's excellent 2 disk set that has been around for several years. It does not include Concertos 2 and 6. this is about the best set of Brandenburgs currently available. Thoroughly enjoyable and with a definite philosophy of its own. If you don't want to spring for the $20 plus two disk set, this is the Brandenburg set to get." Report Abuse
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