J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Brandenburg Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Sir Adrian Boult
Accompaniment/Orchestra:London Philharmonic
Individual Works:Disc 1:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

Disc 2:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051

Record Label:Disky; EMI
Year Released/Recorded:Originally recorded/released: 1973
This reissue: 1994
Total Playing Time:96 minutes total
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

This is a large, old-fashioned orchestra with distinguished soloists like the late David Munrow on recorder. The warmth of the strings and fullness of the sound is glorious. Sir Adrian Boult modelled his interpretation on Steinbach's performance in the early 20th century which had profoundly affected him at the time. Sadly, this kind of lush playing is unheard of now. The dominance of the elite HIP movement denies the possibility of any other style or interpretation but its own.

I enjoyed this recording a great deal, it is incredibly beautiful. Maybe I'm just old-fasioned.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/08/2003