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The Brandenburg Concertos & Orchestral Suites

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1721 SACD
EAN 7318591721222
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  3 discs
Release date Aug 2009
Total time 201'02

3 SACDs for the price of 2

Bach Collegium Japan was first noticed internationally for undertaking the huge project of recording the complete church cantatas of J. S. Bach. Although the ensemble’s discography consists of predominately vocal works, the participating instrumentalists have attracted acclaim ever since the outset. On the present offering, it is Bach’s two great sets of orchestral works that form the programme and the choir of the BCJ is silent. Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki first recorded the Brandenburg Concertos in 2000, but now return to these great works. The new recording took place in the recently completed MUZA Kawasaki Hall, a venue that is highly suitable to an approach focussing on the chamber music qualities of this music. In four of the concertos Masaaki Suzuki has chosen to replace the traditional cello with the violoncello da spalla – a smaller instrument played horizontally on the shoulder or held against the breast. The instrument has already featured in the BCJ Cantata series, and opens for new possibilities in timbre, for instance in Concerto No. 6, where the violoncello da spalla blends particularly well with the two solo violas and the viola da gambas.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV1046 20'17
01 I. [No tempo indication] 4'00
02 II. Adagio (Corno I, II tacent) 3'45
03 III. Allegro 4'07
04 IV. Menuet – Trio – Menuet – Polonaise – Menuet – Trio – Menuet 8'25
 
  Concerto No.2 in F major, BWV1047 12'01
05 I. [No tempo indication] 5'19
06 II. Andante 3'43
07 III. Allegro 2'59
 
  Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV1048 14'29
08 I. [No tempo indication] 5'42
09 II. Adagio 4'28
10 III. Allegro 4'19
 
  Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV1049 15'07
11 I. Allegro 6'58
12 II. Andante 3'38
13 III. Presto 4'31
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV1050 19'54
01 I. Allegro 9'31
02 II. Affettuoso 5'19
03 III. Allegro 5'04
 
  Concerto No.6 in B flat major, BWV1051 17'11
04 I. [No tempo indication] 6'37
05 II. Adagio ma non tanto 5'03
06 III. Allegro 5'31
 
  Suite No.4 in D major, BWV1069 23'55
07 I. Ouverture 12'21
08 II. Bourrée I / II 2'55
09 III. Gavotte 1'57
10 IV. Menuet I / II 4'11
11 V. Réjouissance 2'31
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Suite No.3 in D major, BWV1068 23'24
01 I. Ouverture 10'19
02 II. Air 4'41
03 III. Gavotte I / II 4'26
04 IV. Bourrée 1'10
05 V. Gigue 2'48
 
  Suite No.1 in C major, BWV1066 26'34
06 I. Ouverture 10'01
07 II. Courante 2'21
08 III. Gavotte I / II 3'48
09 IV. Forlane 1'19
10 V. Menuet I / II 3'27
11 VI. Bourrée I / II 2'32
12 VII. Passepied I / II 3'06
 
  Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV1067 24'03
13 I. Ouverture 10'41
14 II. Rondeau 1'52
15 III. Sarabande 2'53
16 IV. Bourrée I / II 2'05
17 V. Polonaise – Double 3'52
18 VI. Menuet 1'17
19 VII. Badinerie 1'23
 
  Album total 201'02
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan

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