J.S. Bach

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Orchestral Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Philip Pickett
Accompaniment/Orchestra:New London Consort
Soloists:Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin
Lisa Beznosiuk, flute
Individual Works:Suite No. 1 in C-major, BWV 1066
Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069
Cantata - Sinfonia, BWV 18
Oster-Oratorium - Sinfonia, BWV 249
Cantata - Concerto, BWV 152
Cantata - Sonata, BWV 31
Cantata - Marcia, BWV 207
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:L'Oiseau-Lyre
Catalog Number:452000-2
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:CD 1: 57'07
CD 2: 59'27
Comments:Mikael Lowe said:

A extremly good recording. I like the tempo, it's perfect. It sounds like heaven.

Gabriel Poynton said:

Mention should be made to the fact that these works are performed at what we term 'French Pitch', which is a whole tone lower than 'modern pitch' (A-440). French pitch is generalized as being A-392, and lends these perfomances a gorgeously mellow, sonorous 'sound world'.This is particularly obvious in the 4th suite,where the oboes and brass weave beautifully with the transparency of the string section, all sounding much warmer and embracing than most 'higher pitch' recordings.Sample the 2nd movement of the suite, and you will probably want to get up and dance to it, so lightly sprung and joyous is it! Special mention should also be made to lisa beznosiuk's (flute) performance of the 2nd suite, in B minor, where her lower pitched flute produces, again, a gorgeously mellow, yet clear and warm sound. Combined with perfect articulation, and a beautifully ornamented 'Double', it's an ideal recording of this suite. Sinfonias from various canatas act as 'fillers', and make up two wonderful discs.

Lars Hinnum said:

I bought this CD because I wanted a period-instrument performance of the Orchestral Suites. I have always been a great fan of Philip Pickett and The New London Consort and they have never disappointed me up to now. But this recording cant%t be the best period performance on the market. Of course there are some very good things here and the Suites are played elegantly and warmly, but the tempi must be among the slowest on CD. Especially the famous "Badinerie" from BWV 1067 played to slow.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Mikael Lowe
  • Gabriel Poynton.
  • Lars Hinnum
Date First Submitted:03/30/1997