J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Brandenburg Concertos/Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Adolf Busch
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Adolf Busch Chamber Players
Soloists:Adolf Busch (violin)
Evelyn Rothwell (oboe)
Aubrey Brain- Francis Bradley (french horn)
George Eskdale (trumpet)
Marcel Moyse-Luis Moyse (flute)
Rudolf Serkin (piano)
Paul Draper (bassoon)
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI Reference
Catalog Number:CDCH 64047
Year Released/Recorded:1935-36
Comments:Murat Ozkoyuncu said:

Recorded in 1935-36, It seems to me this performances is a yardstick that all of others performances (even periods) had measured. You can see a touching natural feeling and intelligence sometimes missing in most modern versions, especially in Brandenburg Concertos.Adolf Busch has an overwhelming sense about music and his collaborating with musicians in same mind who understand the simpliest nature of that masterpieces, so, the other soloists (especially wise Rudolf Serkin, of course in piano) plays with same calibre. Also Mr. Busch chooses suprisingly small scale reading that seems unconventional for recording period, and less vibrato. Try to first movement of fifth brandenburg, you can see all dialogs between three instunments become timeless meditations, even famous keyboard cadenza. recording date comes from nearly seven decades, but it offers a phenomenal compatibility to atmosphere of this wonderful performances, and it offers a good sound quality more than accepttable. This performances may strike period-fans, however, for who understands Glenn Gould's non-period but penetrating readings, should try this.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Murat Ozkoyuncu
Date First Submitted:12/27/1997