J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Brandenburg Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Masaaki Suzuki
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Bach Collegium Japan
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:BWV 1046 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
BWV 1047 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
BWV 1048 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
BWV 1049 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
BWV 1050 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
BWV 1051 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (early version)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:BIS
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Comments:Hans Bos said:

Like in many of his cantata recordings Suzuki has very beautyful tempi and a bright sound.

The second concerto requires a trumpet in F, which Bach never asks for in any other work (as far as they have survived). Therefore the trumpet used on this recording is especially built for this occasion. It's quite a surprise to hear.

I can strongly recommend this CD !

Andrew Ashdown said:

This set is fine as a whole. However (and I am a fan - Suzuki's cantata cycle is exemplary) the trumpet on the second Brandenburg Concerto completely ruinous.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Hans Bos
  • Andrew Ashdown
Date First Submitted:08/20/2001