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Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)


Dunedin Consort, the team that brought you ‘John Passion’, is back with its first instrumental release: ‘J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos’.

Under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt, Dunedin Consort demonstrates its collective experience and historical knowledge in an exceptionally insightful and fresh performance.

Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concertos are essential and enduringly popular works in the baroque orchestral repertory, full of interesting instrumentation choices and dancing melodies.

Among the talented instrumentalists are Pamela Thorby (recorder), Jonathan Manson (cello) and John Butt (harpsichord).

The Dunedin Consort has established an enviable reputation as one of the leading exponents of historical performance in the UK.

Under the direction of prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt O.B.E., the ensemble has become particularly acclaimed for its inquisitive approach, shining new light into some of the best known pieces of the baroque repertoire.

The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for the extraordinary ability of its players: ‘The playing is outstanding’ (The Observer).

Since receiving a Gramophone Award for Messiah in 2007, Dunedin Consort has continued to receive accolades: John Passion was named ‘Recording of the Month’ by BBC Music and Gramophone magazines, Esther was voted one of the ‘Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012’ by The Times and its recordings of Matthew Passion and Acis & Galatea were both named Building A Library: First Choice by BBC Radio 3 - CD Review.

“Melodic ideas are beautifully punctuated and phrased, vibrato is used strictly ornamentally, and tempos strike my sensibilities as pretty well ideal. Perhaps what I like most of all, though, is an all-pervading atmosphere of intimate and convivial dialogue” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 *****

“As always, the performances are underpinned by a wealth of research, though that learning is always worn very lightly...the performances of all six concertos are models of perfectly integrated baroque ensemble playing...As an example of what modern baroque practice and top-class musicianship can bring to these hugely familiar works, this set is exceptional.” The Guardian, 12th September 2013 *****

“Butt’s Bach has made the strongest possible case for the “one voice to a part” theory...Here, the Edinburgh harpsichordist/director applies the same approach to Bach’s most familiar “orchestral” works...He has enriched the sound by adopting a very low pitch (tief Cammerton), even by baroque standards. The results are most compelling in the concertos for virtuoso soloists” Sunday Times, 6th October 2013

“the Dunedin players forge their own identity and capture what Butt praises as 'carefree, joyous and spontaneous works'...Notwithstanding the distinguished Brandenburg discography, this set is nothing short of sensational.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“Shrill period performances can taste like the bitterest of espressos; Butt's impeccably prepared readings are more like a warming bowl of chocolate. There are so many moments to savour...This is a sensational recording – perhaps the best period Brandenburg set available.” The Arts Desk, 25th October 2013

“If you love these works, you'll be entranced by the excellent quality of the Dunedin Consort and the warm listening experience. The small forces and lower pitch give this a wonderful sound and feeling. This one is a keeper.” MusicWeb International, 11th December 2013

GGramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Baroque Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2013

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Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)


Camerata of the 18th Century, Konrad Hünteler

The Camerata of the 18th Century and its spiritus rector Konrad Hünteler are committed to the recovery of original sound from the forgotten musical past.

This long-awaited re-release features a masterpiece and one certainly well worth all the painstaking research that went into it: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

The six concerti grossi penned by Johann Sebastian Bach for Markgrave Ludwig of Brandenburg were known neither to Bach's sons Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann nor to his biographer J. N.Forkel. They disappeared into the music archives and had to wait a hundred years for their rediscovery.

Once rediscovered, they were performed with much too much pomp and circumstance for another hundred years.

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Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

St. Jude's-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden, London, May 2008


Richard Egarr (harpsichord & direction) Joel Katzman,Amsterdam, 1991, after Ruckers,Antwerp, 1638, Tuning:A = 392

Academy of Ancient Music

Long neglected on a library shelf in Brandenburg Castle, these six 'Concertos for several instruments' have since become some of the best-known works in the classical repertoire for their musical inventiveness and their games of mathematical symmetry. Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music have endeavoured to return to the original 'chamber' conception of the works, with one player per part.

"The 'Brandenburgs' have been recorded from the earliest days of the industry by the greatest performers: the first complete set, and one of my personal favourites, was made in 1932 by Alfred Cortot and his Orchestre de l'École Normale de Musique in Paris. Of the two recordings by Casals, the first from 1950 with the Prades Festival Orchestra has a dazzling array of soloists, and the music is delivered with extraordinary vitality and colour - including the use of soprano saxophone instead of the high trumpet. I am very pleased and proud to present our 'Brandenburgs' in this astonishing company. It has been a great journey exploring this wonderful set of concertos with my AAM colleagues, many of whom have recorded these works a number of times. Particular thanks must go to Pavlo, Rodolfo and Joe for their amazing contributions. Also to Trevor Jones (his fifth recording…) who is one of the true pioneers of early music, and has been with AAM since its earliest days. If this set of 'Brandenburgs' becomes the 464th 'hit' on the search engine, it might illicit a slight numerological smile from Bach in e-heaven." RICHARD EGARR

“The playing is ravishing in the chamber-music slow-movement textures. …a recording you must hear, if only to hear how the boundaries of these extraordinary concertos can be stretched.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2009 ****

“Though there are already CD versions of the Brandenburg Concertos to suit every taste, Richard Egarr's recordings still manage to carve out a distinctive niche of their own. Anyone with perfect pitch will soon notice that the concertos are delivered at a pitch significantly lower even than the baroque pitch often used for period-instrument performances: the Academy of Ancient Music tunes to A=392 Hz, effectively a whole tone lower than modern concert pitch, which enables them to use the French-model wind instruments that were widely played in Germany in Bach's time, and with just one instrument to a part throughout the orchestra, the textures have a warm, chamber-style intensity. The stratospherically high trumpet part in the second concerto loses all its glare (though the recorder in the same concerto gets swamped), while the solo violin in the fourth and fifth concertos can weave its delicate tracery with perfect naturalness. Though Egarr adds a guitar and theorbo to the continuo, the harmony still lacks definition, while the sheer loving detail of the performances sometimes blunts their edge.” The Guardian, 6th March 2009 ***

“…it is noticeable that these performances have moved away from the clipped articulate gestures of recent decades to embrace something of the older tradition of shapely long lines and smooth phrases. It gives the music an easy feel, relaxed and friendly as befits its chamber status...” Gramophone Magazine, June 2009

“I can’t recommend them highly enough. I’ve listened to the Boston Baroque/Marin Pearlman collaboration as well as the famous Marriner/Academy recordings. They don’t hold a candle to the finesse and flavor of the Egarr set … This set of concertos has moved to the head of the class and I wouldn’t want to be without it. Extremely infectious music, most highly recommended.” Hi-Fi News, September 2012

“Notably [Egarr] chooses to use what is generally referred to as ‘French’ Baroque pitch (A = 392Hz). It is the first time that these concertos have been recorded at such a low pitch and it has a remarkable effect on the richness of the sound. As Richard Egarr says himself ‘it sounds like the whole music which the ensemble performs has been given a very large glass of claret’. It also has the added benefit of making some of the very high solo parts (such as the trumpet in the 2nd Concerto) slightly more playable. At this slightly lower pitch, these instruments (which often sound like they're blasting) are able to give a much gentler and more flexible performance and the balance of the ensemble is also better.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, March 2009

Presto Disc of the Week

9th March 2009

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Harmonia Mundi - HMU807461/62

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Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)


One of the UK’s finest baroque ensembles give their unique take on the Brandenburg Concertos Like many of Bach’s sets, such as the Goldberg Variations or The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Brandenburg Concertos form a kind of master anthology, a demonstration, really of all the imaginable possibilities inherent in a certain musical form. Each of these six concertos calls for a different combination of soloists, every one unprecedented in its choice of instruments and still without parallel today. Since the Brandenburg Concertos were never meant to be performed as a continuous set (which would have side-lined most of the players and exhausted the listeners), their order is of little importance, although there was a certain logic for Bach’s presentation copy to have led off with the most elaborate and to have ended each half of the set with the comfort of strings. Our recording goes in reverse of the numbered order, so that each piece adds to our musician complement. (Ashley Solomon, from liner notes)

Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire. Florilegium regularly collaborate with some of the world's finest musicians including Dame Emma Kirkby, Robin Blaze and Elin Manahan Thomas.

“Florilegium takes a modern stance - one-to-a-part 'period' instruments at 'Baroque' pitch. Technically they're superb: there's immaculate intonation in pairs of unison strings...They're characterful too: natural horns (No. 1) retain their outdoor personality; violas languish in reflective suspensions...But Florilegium's lean forces reduce the natural dramatic contrasts between solo and tutti.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ****

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Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)


The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multichannel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time.

Now – over a quarter of a century later – thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel super audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then.

As a result a Pentatone’s labour of love re-recording and re-mastering this release we get to experience their pulsating rhythms, instrumental vitality and successful blend of the solo concerto with group concerto, which make them a true milestone in the history of the concerto. The variety and uniqueness of their orchestrations also enable them to stand virtually alone in the entire sphere of baroque music. In them, Bach succeeded in marrying the greatest joy of music making with such learned forms as the fugue.

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012


Quirine Viersen (cello)

Hugely talented cellist Quirine Viersen provides the most recent Bärenreiter edition as the basis for her first recording of the Bach Cello Suites. She plays a Joseph Guarnerius Filius Andrea 1715 cello.

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012


Richard Tunnicliffe (cello)

Experience, virtuosity and individuality are all required when tackling J.S. Bach’s popular cello suites; Richard Tunnicliffe brings a lifetime of insight to his debut solo recording.

Richard has made a special study of Bach's cello suites and his performances of all six have been acclaimed in Europe and Australia as well as at numerous venues in Great Britain, including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London.

Richard’s recording of the complete cello concerti by John Garth with the Avison Ensemble was chosen as ‘Critic’s Choice’ by Gramophone, ‘Concerto Recording of the Month’ by The Strad and twice as ‘CD of the Week’ by Classic FM.

Richard Tunnicliffe’s broad experience and versatility mark him out amongst the best of today's impressive array of instrumentalists.

Richard has enjoyed a long and varied career at the forefront of Britain’s thriving period instrument movement and is a member of the renowned viol consort Fretwork and principal cello with the Avison Ensemble.

Richard has played with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Boston Symphony, Frankfurt Radio S.O., City of Birmingham S.O., English National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, The Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music.

“clear-sighted, intelligently informed yet emotionally engaged performances. His virtuosity in the faster movements is easy, though not casual, his degree of interpretative intervention gauged beautifully so that grandeur does not become grandiosity and the momentous sarabandes are reflective, not self-indulgent.” Sunday Times, 25th March 2012

“Tunnicliffe never loses sight of these dialogues and you hear a different one each time you visit it. In fact, this is one of the beauties of the disc...the warmth of Tunnicliffe's tone and self-evident, painstaking thought behind every phrase can bring you closer to this beautiful music. In fact, this intellectual connection with the music is the strongest selling-point of Tunnicliffe's recording...He also brings to it the soaring joy it needs.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“It is the thoughtfulness and absence of overbearing rhetorical posturing that makes Tunnicliffe's clear-sighted and unexaggerated approach seem totally convincing...[Suite No. 6] is a fitting culmination to a vivid, sometimes reflective but above all personally involving cycle in which the unfettered joy of musical rediscovery is given free rein...His music notes, by the way, are quite as fascinating and informative as the performances themselves.” International Record Review, June 2012

“a splendid performance from Richard Tunnicliffe that is certainly worthy of very close scrutiny indeed. Robust, rounded, resonant, rich and quietly perceptive, it captivates from the first bars...his unassuming yet undeniable insight into this great music...make[s] this a recording to get to know and enjoy alongside the established milestone CDs.” MusicWeb International, Asugust 2012

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012


André Navarra (cello)

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

According to Anna Magdalena


Matt Haimovitz (baroque cello & cello piccolo)

Fresh off the heels of his revelatory period-instrument recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations with Christopher O’Riley, BEETHOVEN, Period., Haimovitz releases J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites according to Anna Magdalena on baroque cello and cello piccolo, the five-string instrument for which Bach’s Suite VI was likely intended.

The original manuscript of J.S. Bach’s 6 Suites for Cello Solo has been lost to history. One of our only apostles is a copy made by Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, her handwriting uncanny in its likeness to the composer’s own. Since 1890, when Casals found a published copy in a second-hand music shop and first performed the suites in public 20 years later, the suites have been both Bible and Holy Grail of the solo cello repertoire – each cellist searching for his own way into the heart of this music.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has been closely associated with the Bach suites since the year 2000, when the former child prodigy jump-started the alt-classical revolution by performing the complete cycle in folk clubs and rock venues, including New York’s now-defunct punk palace CBGB’s. That same year, he released a 3-CD set of the Suites that launched the newborn Oxingale Records.

Now, 15 years later, Haimovitz returns to The Cello Suites with a stunning new interpretation, intimately informed by Anna Magdalena’s manuscript and the tools of the time.

“[Haimovitz's] second recording of the Suites is not one for the faint-hearted…despite the excessive mannerism of the first three Suites, this collection achieves a genuine elegance that, although hard-won, is worth the investment. Those seeking beauty for beauty's sake may want to look elsewhere…but those who want to be challenged without compromising tone or tuning, both of which are impeccable here, should look no further” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

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Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248


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