J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Brandenburg Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Richter
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Munchener Bach-Orchester
Soloists:Hansheinz Schneeberger, Violin
Aurele Nicolet, Flute
Hans-Martin Linde, Gunther Holler, Recorder
Manfred Clement, Oboe
Pierre Thibaud, Trumpet
Hermann Baumann, Werner Meyendorf, Horn
Kurt-Christian Stier, Ingo Sinnhoffer, Viola
Oswald Uhl, Johannes Fink, Viola de Gamba
Karl Richter, Hedwig Bilgram, Cembalo
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:Vinyl Record
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:2708 013
Year Released/Recorded:1967
Total Playing Time:94:37
Comments:I was a kid in the sixties when I bought this excellent recording of the Brandenburg Concerti. I was into Rock 'n Roll and the Beatles and studying classical guitar at the time. I had gotten heavily into Switched-On-Bach by Wendy Carlos and fell in love with the music. There had not been, to my knowledge, very many ancient instrument renditions of the Brandenburg Concerti recorded prior to this one. I seem to remember this recording as being rather novel at that time. The performance is excellent; the tempos are perfect, allowing the voices of the instruments to really breathe life into this masterpeice. I don't know if this recording has been produced on CD, but my copy is a two-record set on pristine virgin vinyl, which I fire up from time to time on my Bang and Olafsen when I want to indulge myself in the warmth of a perfect analog musical experience. I also like Trevor Pinnock's version, also on Archiv, for it's very fresh approach to the tempi; but in my opinion, the Karl Richter is the finest recording ever made of the Brandenburg Concerti.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • David A. Nikel
Date First Submitted:10/09/1996