J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Brandenburg Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Siegbert Rampe
Accompaniment/Orchestra:La Stravaganza
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
Concerto BWV 1050a (Early version of BWV 1050)
Triple Concerto, BWV 1044
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Virgin Classics Veritas
Catalog Number:7243 5 45255 2 0
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Comments:Paulo Afonso Graner Fessel said:

Well, I'm rewriting the cause that made me consider this the best recording of the "6 Brads" I ever heard. The first version was much as "the best recording even made" of the submission page. :-)

Well, my point is this: there are some musical works that become just repetitions of the same thing, though their beauty and the composer's genius. Some works that are in this category IMHO are, e.g., Beethoven's 5th Simphony, Rach's 2 & 3, and... the Brandemburg Concertos.

For example, three people in this web site have praised Trevor Pinnock's recording of the Brad 6. One of the posters has indeed said that he uses the recording for sleeping, for dinning... But, unfortunately, he can't read because the recording absorbs his attention. Well, for me this is nonsense. If a musical work is really good, it must awake us and take all of our attention, and not make us fall asleep! I don't hear Pinnock's recording many years from now, just because it's now for me that "same thing".

So, one day, I've bought Diapason (a french magazine of classical music) and it was there, the last movement of Brademburg no.1. Man and woman, it was a shock! I've never heard that tune played in such a provocative and innovative way.

It's for me almost like a competition among the players to know who is the most virtuosistic player. And this without compromising the ensemble qualities. Also, the tune of 396 Hz (!) makes the slow movements darker than usual, but also reveals a new set of colors for the concerts.

The tempi are all very fast, mainly in the 6th concerto and in the finale of th 3rd concerto. But this is other way to make the players demonstrate all their virtuosism too.

Well, that's all. In a few words, this recording has made me to listen to Brandemburg Concertos again, after a lapse of years. This recording really deserved the Diapason d'Or of February '97.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Paulo Afonso Graner Fessel
Date First Submitted:04/25/1998