J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Marlboro Music Festival 40th Anniversary

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Pablo Casals
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Marlboro Festival Orchestra
Soloists:Alexander Schneider, Ornulf Gulbransen, Nancy Dalley, Rudolf
Serkin, Henry Nowak, Wilmer Wise, Louis Opalesky, John Mack, Joseph Turner,
Patricia Grignet, Joyce Kelley, John Wyre, Myron Bloom, Ronald Richards,
Peter Christ, Donald McCourt, Robert Nagel.
Individual Works:Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Classical
Catalog Number:SMK 46253 and 46254
Total Playing Time:69:36 & 76:28
Comments:I think that this is a very good work. Casals was able to make a very heterogeneus team to work with cohesion and equilibrium. The soloists are skillful and have the right feeling of Bach's Music. I liked very much Rudolf Serkin's execution of the piano in the 5th Brandenburg Concerto. The 2nd movement is in fact the best track of the 2 CD's. The only thing that I didn't like is the Piano as Basso Continuo instrument in Concertos No 1, No 4 and the two suites. I think that they claim for the harpsichord.

David Perrine said:

Possibly the only Brandenburgs with piano! Also modern flute, fiddles, and horns. Soloists include Rudolph Serkin, Alexander Schneider, etc. Historically incorrect, musically correct.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Lucas Ramirez
  • David Perrine
Date First Submitted:07/24/1997