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The Brandenburg Project


Along with Vivaldi’s ‘Seasons’ or Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos belong to those works that are so well-known that we risk taking them for granted. In order to (re-)discover the special qualities that can inspire us today, in 2001 Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra decided to contact six contemporary composer, asking each of them to compose a companion piece to one of the concertos. Seventeen years later, in 2018, it was time to present the result, with a performance at the BBC Proms of all the works – new and old.

Recorded over a period of 18 months leading up to this event, the present boxed set provides a unique opportunity to experience six very different musical minds and idioms entering into conversation with Bach: Mark-Anthony Turnage, Steven Mackey, Anders Hillborg, Olga Neuwirth, Uri Caine and Brett Dean. Bach’s concertos are remarkable in that they are all scored for different instrumental combinations, and part of the brief to the group of composers was to reflect this. In her Aello, Olga Neuwirth has for instance used several ‘instruments’ to stand in for Bach’s harpsichord, including a synthesizer, a milk frother and a typewriter. Brett Dean, on the other hand, has stayed very close to Bach’s instrumentation, but has chosen to write his work as a preparation for Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 – an Approach to Bach’s extremely tight canonic writing. In performing the twelve works the orchestra and Dausgaard are joined by leading soloists including Clare Chase, Mahan Esfahani, Håkan Hardenberger, Pekka Kuusisto and Tabea Zimmermann.
 
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Extra material for download
 
 
Disc 1
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 18:09
01 I. 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
02 II. Adagio 03:41 $ 0.88 USD
03 III. Allegro 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
04 IV. Menuet 06:30 $ 1.56 USD
 
 
  Composer: Turnage, Mark-Anthony
  Maya, for solo cello, two oboes, cor anglais, contrabassoon,
two horns and strings
05 Maya 14:35 $ 3.50 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 10:32
06 I. 04:41 $ 1.12 USD
07 II. Andante 03:19 $ 0.80 USD
08 III. Allegro 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
 
 
  Composer: Mackey, Steven
  Triceros, for piccolo trumpet, flute, oboe, solo violin, strings and harpsichord
09 Triceros 18:56 $ 4.54 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 11:19
01 I. 05:29 $ 1.32 USD
02 II. Very tender 01:06 $ 0.26 USD
03 III. Allegro 04:44 $ 1.14 USD
 
 
  Composer: Hillborg, Anders
  Bach Materia, for violin and strings 22:19
04 Beginning 06:50 $ 1.64 USD
05 Cadenza 03:07 $ 0.75 USD
06 Bar 110 05:48 $ 1.39 USD
07 Cadenza 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
08 Bar 191 03:32 $ 0.85 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 14:42
09 I. Allegro 06:46 $ 1.62 USD
10 II. Andante 03:24 $ 0.82 USD
11 III. Presto 04:32 $ 1.09 USD
 
 
  Composer: Neuwirth, Olga
  Aello – Ballet mécanomorphe 17:12
12 I. 08:05 $ 1.94 USD
13 II. 05:07 $ 1.23 USD
14 III. 04:00 $ 0.96 USD
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 19:38
01 I. Allegro 09:32 $ 2.29 USD
02 II. Affettuoso 04:54 $ 1.18 USD
03 III. Allegro 05:12 $ 1.25 USD
 
 
  Composer: Caine, Uri
  Hamsa, for flute, violin, piano and string orchestra 30:37
04 I. Fast 11:17 $ 2.71 USD
05 II. Adagio 09:55 $ 2.38 USD
06 III. Vivace 09:25 $ 2.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dean, Brett
  Approach – Prelude to a Canon 12:50
07 Allegro impetuoso, volatile 03:21 $ 0.80 USD
08 Calm, serene 05:08 $ 1.23 USD
09 Slightly agitated though unhurried 04:21 $ 1.04 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 16:13
10 I. 05:25 $ 1.30 USD
11 II. Adagio ma non tanto 04:42 $ 1.13 USD
12 III. Allegro 06:06 $ 1.46 USD
 
  Album total 207:18
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Caine, Uri
Dean, Brett
Hillborg, Anders
Mackey, Steven
Neuwirth, Olga
Turnage, Mark-Anthony
OboeLarsson, Marten
Chamber ensembleSwedish Chamber Orchestra
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas
CelloMaya Beiser
TrumpetHardenberger, Håkan
FluteChase, Claire
Kelly, Fiona
ViolinKuusisto, Pekka
Weithaas, Antje
HarpsichordEsfahani, Mahan
Gafvert (Gäfvert), Bjorn (Björn)
Double bassDubé, Sébastien
PianoCaine, Uri

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