J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Brandenburg Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Reinhard Goebel
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Musica Antiqua Koeln
Individual Works:Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051
Triple Concerto, BWV 1044
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:423 116-2
Year Released/Recorded:1987
Total Playing Time:51'58 +54'25
Comments:Peter Baumgartner said:

Technical Quality: Perfect, Crystal clear sound. The most remarkable property of this interpretation is the amazingly fast tempo.

Bill Helmcke said:

This is the most quick yet precise recording I've heard! I'd swear that Reinhard has come back to haunt, I mean inspire Reiny.

Thomas Hubeart said:

Without doubt the most vivid recorded account of these concerti. Goebel blows 250+ years of dust off these pieces and makes them sing. Especially noteworthy are the unconventional tempo for concerto 6's 1st mvmt. (for which Bach gave no tempo marking) and the grippingly dramatic account of the "bonus" concerto, BWV 1044. An all-time great recording!

J. Daniel Reyes said:

Goebel and the Musica Antiqua make these pieces sparkle with brisk tempi and transparent yet substantial textures. I must confess however, that the tempo of the final movement of the third concerto is a little excessive even for Goebel. The flute in the 5th concerto is much too mellow and often indistinct or even inaudible in the 1st movement. I am an avid fan of "period" performances and having head many of the other recordings I would highly recommend this performance to anyone looking for an original and different interpretation of these works.

Andrew Lord said:

I'm sorry, but I thought this was appalling. The First Movement of the Sixth Concerto has to be a joke doesn't it? If it is an "all time classic recording" then surely it's an all time classic example of a performer getting in the way of the composer's art. Or did I miss something?

Jan Hanford said:

Appalling: yes. Not only does the first movement of the Sixth Concerto sound like a joke but the third movement of the Third Concerto sounds like a midi file played at 3 times the correct speed. Perhaps we are supposed to be impressed that the musicians managed to keep the melodies somewhat clear at such a speed. I'm not impressed. The whole recording sounds like they did everything they could to make it "different", therefore creating an unpleasant mess in the process. I adore Musica Antiqua Koln and Reinhard Goebel's recordings and own as many as I've been able to find (their recording of Bach's Orchestral Suites is wonderful). I'm confused by this ridiculous recording. I'm sure he has his reasons but the sad fact is that what could have potentially been one of the most beautiful performances yet recorded is, instead, a travesty.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Peter Baumgartner
  • bill helmcke
  • Thomas Hubeart
  • J. Daniel Reyes
  • Andrew Lord
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:11/25/1998