J.S. Bach

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Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites Nos. 2 & 3

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Herbert vonKarajan
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Soloists:Alan Civil
Chirley Hopkins
Karl Steins
Mechel Schwalbe
Karlheinz Zoeller
Mathias Rutters
Adolf Scherbaum
Lothar Koch
Edith Picht-Axenfield
Individual Works:Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051
Orchestral Suite no. 2, BWV 1067
Orchestral Suite no. 3, BWV 1068
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:437 461-2
Year Released/Recorded:1965
Total Playing Time:2 CDs, 78' 45", 78' 10"
Comments:Hieu Tran said:

Herbert von Karajan has at his disposal a group of students playing his Classical interpretation of the Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites 2 and 3. Some of the performances are very good, up to par with probably many other recordings of the same pieces. The first movement of Brandenburg no. 3, for instance, is one of the better renderings of it. The first movement of no. 6 is gorgeous. The harpsichord cadenza for the first movement of no. 5 is as solid as the rest of the ritornello. The trumpet for the first movement of the joyful no. 2 is unfortunately not as brilliant as it could be. Its color is drowned by the rest of the orchestration. And the third movement of no. 3 is noticeably slower than most other interpretations--making it less energetic than it could be. The Orchestral Suites are decent. The Badinerie for Suite 2, however, is strangely performed by the flutist with too much additional floweriness. This is not a straightforward recording by any means.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Hieu Tran
Date First Submitted:01/02/1999