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J.S. Bach - Ouvertures (The 4 Orchestral Suites)

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1431 SACD
Release date2005-08-31
Orig. sample rate88200Hz
Total time99:45

Classics Today 10/10.
NB. Double CD.

In between volumes of their series of Bach Cantatas, Masaaki Suzuki and the musicians of Bach Collegium Japan has taken the opportunity to record some of J.S. Bach’s most well-loved works: the four orchestral suites.
Termed ‘Ouvertures’ by Bach himself, they were composed at different times during the composer’s life, and never intended to be regarded as a set. With his use of the word ouverture, Bach signalled that these works were so-called overture suites in the French tradition, with the bourrées and gavottes that had become the greatest fashion all over Europe as a consequence of the glorious reign of Louis XIV in Versailles. But as with everything Bach touched, he set his own stamp on the music, allowing Italian influences play in the non-dance movements and in the concerto-like structure of, for instance, the B minor suite with its soloistic flute part. Badinerie and the rest of the suite is performed by flutist Liliko Maeda, member of the BCJ and often noticed for her contributions in the Cantata cycle. Among the other members of the ensemble who get an opportunity to display their individual skills more openly than usual are Toshio Shimada (trumpet), Masamitsu San’nomiya (oboe) and Natsumi Wakamatsu (violin), while Masaaki Suzuki directs the proceedings from the harpsichord.

With a playing time of some 99’45 minutes, the four suites are released in Surround Sound on two SACDs sold for the price of one disc. A wonderful opportunity to get further acquainted with a wonderful ensemble – while listening to wonderful music.

Please note: The music on this Hybrid Super Audio CD can be played back in Stereo (CD and SACD) as well as in 5.0 Surround sound (SACD).

Some press voices:
"Suzuki does more than just play the music very well: he evokes its purpose,
social milieu, and lavishness of content in such a way that brings the
listener as close as possible to Bach himself, and to the circles in which
he worked. In this oft-recorded repertoire, that is a tremendous
achievement." Classics;

"Eine spannende Entdeckungsreise. ... Suzuki findet zu einem sehr
natürlichen musikalischen Fluss, ohne alle phraseologischen Künstlichkeiten.
Er schnurrt diese Werke weder herunter, noch lässt er die tänzerische Gestik
als Selbstzweck gelten." Klassik
    File formats included in STUDIO QUALITY
    • FLAC 24-bit Stereo
    • FLAC 24-bit Surround 5.0
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 23.50
Extra material for download
Disc 1
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Ouverture III (Suite in D major) BWV 1068 23:24
01 I. Ouverture 10:19 $ 2.48 USD
02 II. Air 04:41 $ 1.12 USD
03 III. Gavotte I - II - I 04:26 $ 1.06 USD
04 IV. Bourrée 01:10 $ 0.28 USD
05 V. Gigue 02:48 $ 0.67 USD
  Ouverture I (Suite in C major) BWV 1066 26:34
06 I. Ouverture 10:01 $ 2.40 USD
07 II. Courante 02:21 $ 0.56 USD
08 III. Gavotte I - II - I 03:48 $ 0.91 USD
09 IV. Forlane 01:19 $ 0.32 USD
10 V. Menuet I - II - I 03:27 $ 0.83 USD
11 VI. Bourrée I - II - I 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
12 VII. Passepied I - II - I 03:06 $ 0.74 USD
  Ouverture II (Suite in B minor) BWV 1067 24:03
13 I. Ouverture 10:41 $ 2.56 USD
14 II. Rondeau 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
15 III. Sarabande 02:53 $ 0.69 USD
16 IV. Bourrée I - II - I 02:05 $ 0.50 USD
17 V. Polonaise - Double - Polonaise 03:52 $ 0.93 USD
18 VI. Menuet 01:17 $ 0.31 USD
19 VII. Badinerie 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
Disc 2
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Ouverture IV (Suite in D major) BWV 1069 23:55
01 I. Ouverture 12:21 $ 2.96 USD
02 II. Bourrée I - II - I 02:55 $ 0.70 USD
03 III. Gavotte 01:57 $ 0.47 USD
04 IV. Menuet I - II - I 04:11 $ 1.00 USD
05 V. Réjouissance 02:31 $ 0.60 USD
  Album total 99:45
EnsembleBach Collegium Japan
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki

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