J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Orchestral Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
John Eliot Gardiner
Accompaniment/Orchestra:English Baroque Soloists
Instrumentation:Orchestra
Individual Works:Orchestral Suite No.1, in C Major, for woodwinds, strings and continuo, BWV 1066
Orchestral Suite No.2, in B Minor, for flute, strings and continuo, BWV 1067
Orchestral Suite No.3, in D Major, for oboes, trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo, BWV 1068
Orchestral Suite No.4, in D Major, for oboes, basson, trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo, BWV 1069
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Erato
Catalog Number:EDC 808848/9
Comments:GFF: From "The New Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and Cassettes", Edward Greenfield, Robert Layton and Ivan March:
Gardiner's is an outstanding set using period instruments. In his characteristic manner, allegros tend to be fast and lightly sprung, with slower movements elegantly pointed. Though the edginess of baroque violins using a squeeze technique on sustained notes makes for some abrasiveness, Gardiner avoids the extremes which mark even Pinnock's English Concert version on CD. Thanks to full and immediate recording, textures are fresh and clear, with trumpet and timpani biting through but not excessively.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Guilherme Furtado Filho
Date First Submitted:12/27/1995