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The Brandenburg Project

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Uri Caine
Brett Dean
Anders Hillborg
Steven Mackey
Olga Neuwirth
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Performer Maya Beiser
Claire Chase
Mahan Esfahani
Håkan Hardenberger
Fiona Kelly
Pekka Kuusisto
Mårten Larsson
Antje Weithaas
Tabea Zimmermann
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2199 SACD
EAN 7318599921990
Format SACD Hybrid

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

  –  3 discs
Release date Apr 2021
Total time 207'18

Along with Vivaldi’s ‘Seasons’ or Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos belong to those works that are so well-known that we risk taking them for granted. In order to (re-)discover the special qualities that can inspire us today, in 2001 Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra decided to contact six contemporary composer, asking each of them to compose a companion piece to one of the concertos. &&&Seventeen years later, in 2018, it was time to present the result, with a performance at the BBC Proms of all the works – new and old.

Recorded over a period of 18 months leading up to this event, the present boxed set provides a unique opportunity to experience six very different musical minds and idioms entering into conversation with Bach: Mark-Anthony Turnage, Steven Mackey, Anders Hillborg, Olga Neuwirth, Uri Caine and Brett Dean. Bach’s concertos are remarkable in that they are all scored for different instrumental combinations, and part of the brief to the group of composers was to reflect this. In her Aello, Olga Neuwirth has for instance used several ‘instruments’ to stand in for Bach’s harpsichord, including a synthesizer, a milk frother and a typewriter. Brett Dean, on the other hand, has stayed very close to Bach’s instrumentation, but has chosen to write his work as a preparation for Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 – an Approach to Bach’s extremely tight canonic writing. In performing the twelve works the orchestra and Dausgaard are joined by leading soloists including Clare Chase, Mahan Esfahani, Håkan Hardenberger, Pekka Kuusisto and Tabea Zimmermann.
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Disc 1
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 17'49
01 I. 3'33
02 II. Adagio 3'41
03 III. Allegro 4'21
04 IV. Menuet 6'14
  Mark-Anthony Turnage
  Maya, for solo cello, two oboes, cor anglais, contrabassoon,
two horns and strings
05 Maya 14'23
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 10'24
06 I. 4'36
07 II. Andante 3'16
08 III. Allegro 2'32
  Steven Mackey
  Triceros, for piccolo trumpet, flute, oboe, solo violin, strings and harpsichord
09 Triceros 18'26
Disc 2
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 11'15
01 I. 5'25
02 II. Very tender 1'06
03 III. Allegro 4'44
  Anders Hillborg
  Bach Materia, for violin and strings 22'05
04 Beginning 6'50
05 Cadenza 3'07
06 Bar 110 5'48
07 Cadenza 3'02
08 Bar 191 3'18
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 14'28
09 I. Allegro 6'43
10 II. Andante 3'24
11 III. Presto 4'21
  Olga Neuwirth
  Aello – Ballet mécanomorphe 16'40
12 I. 8'03
13 II. 5'07
14 III. 3'30
Disc 3
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 19'21
01 I. Allegro 9'24
02 II. Affettuoso 4'52
03 III. Allegro 5'05
  Uri Caine
  Hamsa, for flute, violin, piano and string orchestra 30'21
04 I. Fast 11'12
05 II. Adagio 9'53
06 III. Vivace 9'16
  Brett Dean
  Approach – Prelude to a Canon 12'48
07 Allegro impetuoso, volatile 3'19
08 Calm, serene 5'08
09 Slightly agitated though unhurried 4'21
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 15'36
10 I. 5'23
11 II. Adagio ma non tanto 4'39
12 III. Allegro 5'34
  Album total 207'18
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Caine, Uri
Dean, Brett
Hillborg, Anders
Mackey, Steven
Neuwirth, Olga
Turnage, Mark-Anthony
OboeLarsson, Marten
Chamber ensembleSwedish Chamber Orchestra
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas
CelloMaya Beiser
TrumpetHardenberger, Håkan
FluteChase, Claire
Kelly, Fiona
ViolinKuusisto, Pekka
Weithaas, Antje
HarpsichordEsfahani, Mahan
Gafvert (Gäfvert), Bjorn (Björn)
Double bassDubé, Sébastien
PianoCaine, Uri

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