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Bach: Complete Orchestral Suites / Clark, Consort Of London


Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94413  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Robert Haydon Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of London
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The most successful of Baroque composers were highly sensitive to the prevailing musical fashions of their day, effortlessly moving from style to style to satisfy listeners, performers and patrons. In his four orchestral suites, Bach turned his hand to one of the two main musical genres in 18th-century Europe – the suite, the French counterpart to the Italian Concerto.

Beyond mere commercial awareness, however, Bach’s suites convey a deep understanding of musical character and instrumental colour. An abundance of different moods and forms are explored: in addition to the grand French overtures that open each suite, the traditional dance movements that follow display great variety, with the Gavotte, Bourrée, Sarabande,
Read more Menuet and the more unusual Polonaise and Forlane all making an appearance. Bach’s rich and varied approach to orchestration also comes to the fore, contributing to each work’s individual charm: Suite No.2, for instance, is characterised by its prominent and often virtuosic solo flute part, while Nos. 3 and 4 owe their festive mood to the three trumpets and timpani.

Although Bach wrote just four works in this genre, his contributions reveal the full extent of his compositional skill, and are an essential part of his oeuvre. Here, they are performed by the Consort of London, an ensemble who have received much critical praise for their interpretations of Bach’s music.

• Recorded in 1990 in Henry Wood Hall, London.
• Includes comprehensive booklet notes by Clemens Romijn. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Robert Haydon Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Robert Haydon Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Robert Haydon Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Robert Haydon Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 

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