J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Brandenburg Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Philip Pickett
Accompaniment/Orchestra:New London Consort
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
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:L'Oiseau-Lyre
Catalog Number:D206896
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Best period instrument recording.

Pickett and the New London Consort are beyond reproach in this 1994 recording of the Brandenburg Concerti. The tempi are standard for the "period" movement leaning to the brisk side, though not excessively so. These performances are of the highest quality.

I found Pickett's liner notes interesting and informative if not a little eccentric. His notes gave new insight on the possible esoteric symbolism in the music, but I don't feel that these insights significantly impacted the performances presented here.

I would recommend this recording to anyone who is looking for a version of the Brandenburg Concerti performed in a more or less standard "period" manner.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael F. Gail
  • J. Daniel Reyes
Date First Submitted:04/16/1997