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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande


Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 24224   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 37 Mins. 

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BACH Brandenburg Concertos Sigiswald Kuijken,cond; La Petite Bande ACCENT ACC 24224 (2 SACDs: 96:47)


There are now so many fine period-instrument performances of this cornerstone of the Baroque that you could just about throw a dart at the choices and end up with a Read more wonderful performance. My one qualification would be that the more recent recordings of the music are to be preferred, owing to the continuing advancement of period-instrument practices. The earlier, pioneering recordings of “original” Bach by Leonhardt, Hogwood, et. al. were breathtaking and revelatory in many ways, but have been widely eclipsed by the latest generation in terms of instrumental virtuosity and, especially, rhythmic freedom.


I have the word original in quotes because, as Kuijken points out in his very informative notes, the concept is compromised in so many ways, both in terms of musical practices and technical aspects of the instruments. As a matter of practicality, one can never truly be an originalist. We can never really know the precise cultural environment of the time of Bach, much less the interpretive fine points that do not appear in the score. Thus, a certain amount of sheer common sense and artistic intuition, unavoidably influenced by modern sensibility, must inform these so-called original performances. One notable example concerns the treatment of rhythm. Nearly all of the earlier examples of period music playing were tightly controlled, even metronomic, often derided as sewing-machine Baroque. La Petite Bande, as well as the recent releases of the Brandenburg s by Savall conducting Le Concert des Nations and Egarr conducting the Academy of Ancient Music, have noticeably more swing. Who is more authentic? No one really knows for sure, but I find the looser manner of the more recent players far more expressive.


As for this particular recording, I can find nothing to fault. The playing is joyous and even thrilling, and seemingly devoid of any technical strain. The SACD recording is exceptionally vivid and colorful. I’d gladly take this set to that proverbial desert island, but the Egarr/AAM set would be just as welcome.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium 
Length: 20 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium 
Length: 20 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium 
Length: 15 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium 
Length: 11 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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