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The Brandenburg Concertos & Orchestral Suites

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1721-22
Release date2009-08-01
Discs3
Orig. sample rate44100Hz/88200Hz

Bach Collegium Japan was first noticed internationally for undertaking the huge project of recording the complete church cantatas of J. S. Bach. Although the ensemble’s discography consists of predominately vocal works, the participating instrumentalists have attracted acclaim ever since the outset. On the present offering, it is Bach’s two great sets of orchestral works that form the programme and the choir of the BCJ is silent. Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki first recorded the Brandenburg Concertos in 2000, but now return to these great works. The new recording took place in the recently completed MUZA Kawasaki Hall, a venue that is highly suitable to an approach focussing on the chamber music qualities of this music. In four of the concertos Masaaki Suzuki has chosen to replace the traditional cello with the violoncello da spalla – a smaller instrument played horizontally on the shoulder or held against the breast. The instrument has already featured in the BCJ Cantata series, and opens for new possibilities in timbre, for instance in Concerto No. 6, where the violoncello da spalla blends particularly well with the two solo violas and the viola da gambas.
 
Extra material for download
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV1046 20:36
01 I. [No tempo indication] 04:02 $ 0.61 USD
02 II. Adagio (Corno I, II tacent) 03:46 $ 0.57 USD
03 III. Allegro 04:07 $ 0.62 USD
04 IV. Menuet – Trio – Menuet – Polonaise – Menuet –
Trio – Menuet
08:41 $ 1.30 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Concerto No.2 in F major, BWV1047 12:19
05 I. [No tempo indication] 05:20 $ 0.80 USD
06 II. Andante 03:45 $ 0.56 USD
07 III. Allegro 03:14 $ 0.49 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV1048 14:45
08 I. [No tempo indication] 05:43 $ 0.86 USD
09 II. Adagio 04:28 $ 0.67 USD
10 III. Allegro 04:34 $ 0.69 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV1049 15:34
11 I. Allegro 06:58 $ 1.05 USD
12 II. Andante 03:38 $ 0.55 USD
13 III. Presto 04:58 $ 0.75 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV1050 20:18
01 I. Allegro 09:36 $ 1.44 USD
02 II. Affettuoso 05:21 $ 0.80 USD
03 III. Allegro 05:21 $ 0.80 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Concerto No.6 in B flat major, BWV1051 17:34
04 I. [No tempo indication] 06:39 $ 1.00 USD
05 II. Adagio ma non tanto 05:05 $ 0.76 USD
06 III. Allegro 05:50 $ 0.88 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Suite No.4 in D major, BWV1069 24:24
07 I. Ouverture 12:23 $ 1.86 USD
08 II. Bourrée I / II 02:57 $ 0.44 USD
09 III. Gavotte 01:57 $ 0.29 USD
10 IV. Menuet I / II 04:11 $ 0.63 USD
11 V. Réjouissance 02:56 $ 0.44 USD
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Suite No.3 in D major, BWV1068 23:39
01 I. Ouverture 10:22 $ 1.56 USD
02 II. Air 04:44 $ 0.71 USD
03 III. Gavotte I / II 04:27 $ 0.67 USD
04 IV. Bourrée 01:08 $ 0.17 USD
05 V. Gigue 02:58 $ 0.45 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Suite No.1 in C major, BWV1066 26:54
06 I. Ouverture 10:04 $ 1.51 USD
07 II. Courante 02:23 $ 0.36 USD
08 III. Gavotte I / II 03:49 $ 0.57 USD
09 IV. Forlane 01:20 $ 0.20 USD
10 V. Menuet I / II 03:28 $ 0.52 USD
11 VI. Bourrée I / II 02:32 $ 0.38 USD
12 VII. Passepied I / II 03:18 $ 0.50 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV1067 24:37
13 I. Ouverture 10:44 $ 1.61 USD
14 II. Rondeau 01:54 $ 0.29 USD
15 III. Sarabande 02:55 $ 0.44 USD
16 IV. Bourrée I / II 02:07 $ 0.32 USD
17 V. Polonaise – Double 03:53 $ 0.58 USD
18 VI. Menuet 01:17 $ 0.19 USD
19 VII. Badinerie 01:47 $ 0.27 USD
 
  Album total 200:40
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Suzuki, Masaaki
ConductorBach, Johann Sebastian
Suzuki, Masaaki
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan

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