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Bach: Les Quatre Ouvertures / Jordi Savall, Le Concert Des Nations

Bach,J.s. / Concert Des Nations / Savall
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9890   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid SACD playable on both super audio and standard stereo CD players.


There’s very little to say about this recording save throwing yet more encomiums Jordi Savall’s way: as with his other Bach recordings, this is a success. The warmly dark, coppery sound for which these forces are renowned is here in its full glory; Savall’s pacing is neither frenzied nor laborious; the audio clarity is stunning. Because Savall is such a renowned gamba player who has recruited great fellow string players to his projects (note one Fabio Biondi on violin), you might overlook stellar playing elsewhere in the ensemble. But there’s no way to ignore the wind section in the opening movement in
Read more the first suite: the exquisite phrasing and pitch-perfect tones demand to be heard (and heard repeatedly, at that), and the masterful playing becomes even more delightfully apparent in the extended oboe and bassoon solo in the same suite’s Bourée.

The highly exposed, technically demanding flute line of Suite No. 2?s Badinerie seems an easy task in the hands of Marc Hantaï (whose last name links him to that family of admirable musicians—Pierre appears here as well, playing harpsichord). The seemingly effortless yet graceful power of the three trumpeters makes the first movement of the Fourth Suite an event in itself (see sound clip below). But the strings shine too; witness the ineffably tender performance of the Third Suite’s famous Air. In a crowded field of fine interpretations (Koopman, Klemperer, etc.), this 1990 recording version is the standard bearer.

-- ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  Grande Salle de l’Arsenal à Metz 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  Grande Salle de l’Arsenal à Metz 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  Grande Salle de l’Arsenal à Metz 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  Grande Salle de l’Arsenal à Metz 

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