Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Johann Sebastian Bach, Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music|
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto / AAM, Hogwood
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The Best, But...
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the Holy Grail of Brandenburgs recordings. The performances and the recording quality are inspired and unsurpassed. But be warned: Hogwood has recorded the "original version" of the set. The third movement of #1 is omitted; the fourth movement thus becomes the third movement and is itself abridged. Likewise, the pyrotechnic, crowd-goes-wild harpsichord solo in the first movement of #5 appears here abbreviated and tamed.I can't for the life of me understand why Hogwood released versions of these pieces that are really of interest only to musicologists. However, these discs are so well done that I suggest buying this set anyway, and supplementing it with another recording of #1-#3-#5 (Trevor Pinnock's fine version, for example) which contains the rest of the riches."
Personal sentimental bias
tmalates | Lakewood, OH United States | 01/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am not so well versed in the nuances of classical repertoires as most who post here, but I am a casual fan of Bach's Brandenburg and Violin Concertos, in particular. I had listed to various interpretations over the years and whereas I can most always pick out these concertos when heard over the radio, Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music were the first specific performances I could recognize by ear, years after I had last heard them. It was then that I realized that these particular recordings had left an indelible and uniquely human imprint on my consciousness. These may not be judged the "best" interpretations ever put to disc by "connoisseurs", but I find they are the standard by which I will always judge the rest. I highly recommend them."
Played on instruments made at the time the music was written
Stuart Gustafson | 05/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best recordings made of the Brandenburg Concerti. The AAM plays instruments as old as the music, but they sound better than any of today's instruments. -TLG"