Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1, 2, & 3

Martin Pearlman & Boston Baroque

Bach Brandenburg Concertos Nos 1 2 3
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    1. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: I. Allegro 3:47
    2. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: II. Adagio 3:54
    3. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: III. Allegro 4:10
    4. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: IV. Menuetto; Trio; Polonaise; Trio 7:26
    5. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: I. Allegro 4:43
    6. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: II. Andante 3:17
    7. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai 2:40
    8. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: I. Allegro 5:37
    9. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: II. Adagio
    10. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro 4:45

The Brandenburg Concertos are by far the best known and most highly regarded of Bach's orchestral works. With this release, Telarc offers an intense, authentic reading in clear, 20-bit sound. Nominated for a Grammy award for their Messiah on Telarc, the Boston Baroque gives zestful performances of Boroque repertoire - so much so that they bring new life to these famous works. The heaviest and one of the two longest of the six concertos, Concerto No. 1 gives solo roles to the horns, oboe and violino piccolo ( an instrument tuned a minor 3rd above normal). Concerto No. 2 possesses a higher and more transparent texture than the others, bringing together the trumpet, recorder, oboe and violin. The trumpet in F is a light instrument and does not over power the other soprano solo instruments. Concerto No. 3 requires just strings and continuo and, curiously enough, has no slow movement.

These concertos, along with Telarc's complementary Concertos Nos. 4, 5 and 6 released by the Boston Baroque in May 1993, are performed brilliantly on period instruments.

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