The Brandenburg Project - 12 Concertos / Dausgaard, Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Release Date: 4/23/2021
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2199
Number of Discs: 3
Length: 203 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Along with Vivaldi’s ‘Seasons’ or Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos belong to those works that are so well-known that we risk taking them for granted. In order to (re-)discover the special qualities that can inspire us today, in 2001 Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra decided to contact six contemporary composer, asking each of them to compose a companion piece to one of the concertos. Seventeen years later, in 2018, it was time to present the result, with a performance at the BBC Proms of all the works – new and old. Recorded over a period of 18 months leading up to this event, the present boxed set provides a unique opportunity to experience six very different musical minds and idioms entering into conversation with Bach: Mark-Anthony Turnage, Steven Mackey, Anders Hillborg, Olga Neuwirth, Uri Caine and Brett Dean. Bach’s concertos are remarkable in that they are all scored for different instrumental combinations, and part of the brief to the group of composers was to reflect this. In her Aello, Olga Neuwirth has for instance used several ‘instruments’ to stand in for Bach’s harpsichord, including a synthesizer, a milk frother and a typewriter. Brett Dean, on the other hand, has stayed very close to Bach’s instrumentation, but has chosen to write his work as a preparation for Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 – an Approach to Bach’s extremely tight canonic writing. In performing the twelve works the orchestra and Dausgaard are joined by leading soloists including Clare Chase, Mahan Esfahani, Håkan Hardenberger, Pekka Kuusisto and Tabea Zimmermann.

Works on This Recording
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Daniel Burstedt (Oboe), Göran Hülphers (Horn), Lisa Almberg (Oboe), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord), Mårten Larsson (Oboe), Mikael Lindström (Bassoon), Terése Larsson (Horn)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
2. II. Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Daniel Burstedt (Oboe), Göran Hülphers (Horn), Lisa Almberg (Oboe), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord), Mårten Larsson (Oboe), Mikael Lindström (Bassoon), Terése Larsson (Horn)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
3. III. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Daniel Burstedt (Oboe), Göran Hülphers (Horn), Lisa Almberg (Oboe), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord), Mårten Larsson (Oboe), Mikael Lindström (Bassoon), Terése Larsson (Horn)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
4. IV. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto - Polacca - Trio - Menuetto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Daniel Burstedt (Oboe), Göran Hülphers (Horn), Lisa Almberg (Oboe), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord), Mårten Larsson (Oboe), Mikael Lindström (Bassoon), Terése Larsson (Horn)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
Performer: Maya Beiser (Cello)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2014 ;
6. I. (Allegro) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), Mårten Larsson (Oboe)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
7. II. Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), Mårten Larsson (Oboe)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
8. III. Allegro assai by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), Mårten Larsson (Oboe)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
9. Triceros by Steven Mackey
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), Mårten Larsson (Oboe)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2015 ;
10. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: I. (Allegro) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Göran Fröst (Viola), Kate Pelly (Viola), Linn Elvkull (Viola), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord), Mats Levin (Cello), Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Rajmund Follmann (Cello), Roger Olsson (Violin), Sébastien Dubé (Double Bass), Urban Svensson (Violin)
Written: 1718 ;
11. 2nd movement for J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 by Anders Hillborg
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Göran Fröst (Viola), Kate Pelly (Viola), Linn Elvkull (Viola), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord), Mats Levin (Cello), Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Rajmund Follmann (Cello), Roger Olsson (Violin), Sébastien Dubé (Double Bass), Urban Svensson (Violin)
Written: 2017 ;
12. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Göran Fröst (Viola), Kate Pelly (Viola), Linn Elvkull (Viola), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord), Mats Levin (Cello), Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Rajmund Follmann (Cello), Roger Olsson (Violin), Sébastien Dubé (Double Bass), Urban Svensson (Violin)
Written: 1718 ;
13. Beginning (bar 1) - by Anders Hillborg
Performer: Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Sébastien Dubé (Double Bass)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2017 ;
14. Cadenza (bar 109) - by Anders Hillborg
Performer: Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Sébastien Dubé (Double Bass)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2017 ;
15. bar 110 - by Anders Hillborg
Performer: Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Sébastien Dubé (Double Bass)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2017 ;
16. Cadenza (bar 190) - by Anders Hillborg
Performer: Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Sébastien Dubé (Double Bass)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2017 ;
17. bar 191 by Anders Hillborg
Performer: Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Sébastien Dubé (Double Bass)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2017 ;
18. I. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Katarina Widell (Recorder), Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Per Gross (Recorder)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1720 ;
19. II. Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Katarina Widell (Recorder), Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Per Gross (Recorder)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1720 ;
20. III. Presto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Katarina Widell (Recorder), Pekka Kuusisto (Violin), Per Gross (Recorder)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1720 ;
21. I. — by Olga Neuwirth
Performer: Anders Hemstrom (Trumpet), Claire Chase (Flute), Lars Fhager (Typewriter), Margit Csökmei (Trumpet), Oskar Ekberg (Keyboards)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2017 ;
22. II. — by Olga Neuwirth
Performer: Anders Hemstrom (Trumpet), Claire Chase (Flute), Lars Fhager (Typewriter), Margit Csökmei (Trumpet), Oskar Ekberg (Keyboards)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2017 ;
23. III. — by Olga Neuwirth
Performer: Anders Hemstrom (Trumpet), Claire Chase (Flute), Lars Fhager (Typewriter), Margit Csökmei (Trumpet), Oskar Ekberg (Keyboards)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2017 ;
24. I. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
25. II. Affettuoso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
26. III. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1721 ;
27. I. Fast by Uri Caine
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Uri Caine (Piano)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2015 ;
28. II. Adagio by Uri Caine
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Uri Caine (Piano)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2015 ;
29. III. Vivace by Uri Caine
Performer: Antje Weithaas (Violin), Fiona Kelly (Flute), Uri Caine (Piano)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2015 ;
30. Allegro impetuoso, volatile - by Brett Dean
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Brett Dean (Viola), Hannah Thorell (Cello), Mats Levin (Cello), Peter Nitsche (Double Bass), Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Written: 2017 ;
31. Calm, serene - by Brett Dean
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Brett Dean (Viola), Hannah Thorell (Cello), Mats Levin (Cello), Peter Nitsche (Double Bass), Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Written: 2017 ;
32. Slightly agitated though unhurried by Brett Dean
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Brett Dean (Viola), Hannah Thorell (Cello), Mats Levin (Cello), Peter Nitsche (Double Bass), Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Written: 2017 ;
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Brett Dean (Viola), Hannah Thorell (Cello), Mats Levin (Cello), Peter Nitsche (Double Bass), Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
Written: 1721 ;
34. II. Adagio ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Brett Dean (Viola), Hannah Thorell (Cello), Mats Levin (Cello), Peter Nitsche (Double Bass), Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
Written: 1721 ;
35. III. Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andreas Tengberg (Cello), Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Brett Dean (Viola), Hannah Thorell (Cello), Mats Levin (Cello), Peter Nitsche (Double Bass), Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
Written: 1721 ;
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