J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Brandenburg Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
I Musici
Accompaniment/Orchestra:I Musici
Soloists:Maria Teresa Garatti
Felix Ayo
Roberto Michelucci
Erich Penzel
Gerd Haucke
Heinz Holliger
Maurice Bourgue
Hans Kull
Karl Weihs
Maurice Andru
Severino Gazzelloni
Frans Brueggen
Jeanette van Wingerden
Maaxence Larrieu
Jßnos Scholz
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
Violin concerto no.1 in A minor, BWV 1041
Violin concerto no. 2 in E major. BWV 1042
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:438 317-2
Year Released/Recorded:Brandenburgs recorded 1965
Violin Concertos recorded 1958
These discs released 1993
Total Playing Time:2:23:21

Here's another in my response to the question, "Which Brandenburg... ?"

Once again, I find an older recording to be superior to the "authentic instruments" recordings of the 80's. And look at the superstars in the soloists listing: Heinz Holliger, Maurice Andre, etc. This recording is also a bargain, at 2 cd for the price of 1, for listeners who are just starting out. There is also the added bonus of the 2 violin concertos, also very well done.

The recording itself sounds a little thinner than most, more treble than base, which is a characteristic of remastered 60's recordings. Also, it is recorded with a room ambience, rather than a large hall, so everything sounds fairly close up and close together. It actually sort of sounds like you're in the room with them, I like it. Also, the soloists can be heard clearly above the orchestra, the balance is nicely done. And the performance is beautiful: the tempos feel natural and the phrasing is what one expects; no surprises or bizarre stamps of over-interpretation often found in more recent recordings. I have always felt that Italian orchestras (I think this one is Italian) have an intuitive understanding of baroque music and I have always enjoyed their performances tremendously. (I Solisti Venti is another favourite of mine whose recordings of Vivaldi are unmatched.)

I enjoyed this recording a great deal and highly recommend it.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ernest Wan
From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:12/26/1996