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  Review of Brandenburg Concertos by Tafelmusik
Bach¹s Brandenburg Concertos are a set of six concertos strongly influenced by the Italian concerto tradition, and such composers as Torelli, Albinoni, and especially Vivaldi.
Concerto no. 1 in F major is a difficult one to play.
But the oboe in the third movement of this concerto, allegro assai, doesn¹t pass muster; the high notes are shrill and uneven, almost uncomfortable to listen to.
www.bach-cantatas.com /NonVocal/Orch-Brand-Tafelmusik.htm   (539 words)

 The Brandenburg Concertos
The piccolo violin of Concerto I was explained away as a French dancing- master's fiddle and the unnecessary (for a concerto) series of French dance movements and Polacca were seen to represent the Margrave's "courtliness" and "modernity".
Brandenburg Concerto III: The Nine Muses and the Harmony of the Spheres
The Mietkes, the Margrave and Bach Sheridan Germann.
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 Telarc International:   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Bach's composition in the concerto form was influenced by the concertos of Vivaldi especially, but represent a stylistic advance in the genre.
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 was perhaps the last of the six to be composed and more closely resembles a concerto grosso than a solo concerto.
The solo instruments in Brandenburg concerto No. 5 -- harpsichord, violin and flute -- operate more independently of the remainder of the ensemble; the second movement is scored for the solo instruments alone.
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 Milestones of the Millennium: Bach's "Brandenburg" Concertos
The Brandenburg Concertos are a highlight of one of the happiest and most productive periods in Bach's life.
All the evidence suggests that these virtuosic Brandenburg concertos perfectly matched the talents of the musicians on hand in Coethen.
All six Brandenburg Concertos reveal the ebullient side of Bach, and they're one of the most welcome gifts he left us.
www.npr.org /programs/specials/milestones/991214.motm.brandenburg.html   (784 words)

 Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major might be the most popular of the 6 for its brilliant scoring.
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 provides an excellent example of Bach's use of a ritornello, which we discussed briefly in the B minor Mass.
Vivaldi typically began his concertos with a full statement of the orchestral ritornello (sometimes even two full statements), then in between solo passages, he would bring the ritornello back again, though often each subsequent appearance was a bit shorter than the previous.
www.bach.org /bach101/instrumental/brandenberg_2.html   (971 words)

 Hartford Symphony - Connecticut's OrchestraSM   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The house of Hohenzollern acquired the margraviate of Brandenburg in 1415, and the family embraced the Reformation a century later with such authority that they came to be regarded as the leaders of German Protestantism; Potsdam was chosen as the site of the electoral court in the 17th century.
The Concertos apparently lay untouched in his library until he died thirteen years after Bach had presented them to him, when they were inventoried at a value of four groschen each - only a few cents.
Most of the fast movements of the Brandenburgs use a formal procedure known as "ritornello", which is based on the contrast of sonority between concertino and ripieno.
www.hartfordsymphony.org /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=263&Itemid=300   (786 words)

 :: INKPOT BACH The Brandenburg Concerti - An Inktroduction
For the next thirteen years, the concertos lay unused in the Margrave's library until his death, whereupon at the inventory-taking of His Royal Highness' music, these works were not even included among the compositions important enough to be listed by their composers' names.
Among the Brandenburgs, this concerto can be said to be the lightest and wittiest, bringing to one's mind the urbane, wordly court of the Parisian salon.
Also, even in the work's concerto grosso form, the harpsichord part has such prominence, eclipsing the solo flute and violin, that the work can almost be regarded as the earliest instance of a concerto for harpsichord, which itself, of course, is the immediate ancestor of the modern-day piano.
inkpot.com /classical/bachbrandenburg.html   (2202 words)

 DVD-Audio Review: Stuttgarter Kammerorchestra - ‘J.S. Bach - The Complete Brandenburg Concertos’
The Brandenburg Concertos represent the lighter side of Bach, the foot-tapping second allegro of the Fifth Concerto for example, but there are sombre moments, passages of the Sixth Concerto in particular.
For the First Concerto, TACET have placed the entire Kammerorchester to the front of the listening position with the rear channels conveying the ambience of the Gönningen church in which the piece was recorded.
For the fourth and fifth concertos, some may say TACET have overstepped the line just a tad because although the solo flutes, violin and in the case of the Fifth Concerto the harpsichord are placed with great precision in front of the listener, the remainder of the orchestra is positioned largely to the rear.
www.highfidelityreview.com /reviews/review.asp?reviewnumber=565254   (1228 words)

 YouTube - Bach - Brandenburg Concertos No.3 - i: Allegro Moderato
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, arranged for String Quartet
Glenn Gould - Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 (1 of 3)
Glenn Gould - Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 (3 of 3)
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 Classical Net Review - Bach - Brandenburg Concertos
Nevertheless, these Brandenburgs, recorded in 1954 and originally released by the Club Français du Disque, are very much a reminder of how far we've advanced in the performance of Baroque music during the last five decades.
Scherchen's 1954 Brandenburgs are a fascinating memento of the way things used to be, and they're also a work in progress: you can hear the gears of change grinding away as you listen to these discs.
The first four concertos are taken from a reel tape master, and the last two - whose sound I prefer, actually - appear to have been taken from a quiet LP.
www.classical.net /music/recs/reviews/r/red00002a.html   (599 words)

 classical music - andante - a triumph of surround-sound recording: the brandenburg concertos on tacet
Different microphone placements were used for different concertos so that in the First Concerto, for example, a natural perspective is created by placing the entire orchestra in front of the listener with the rear speakers creating ambience.
When listening to the Surround Sound recording of the First Concerto, the notes promise that you are sitting in the wonderful church in the village of Gönningen and listening to the Baroque acoustics.
I was a little skeptical as the fugal third movement of the Fourth Concerto began, with the two opening voice entries coming from squarely behind me and the sonic space spreading to the front of the room only with the entries of the solo flutes and violin.
www.andante.com /article/article.cfm?id=25719   (1087 words)

 metachronistic » Complete Bach: Set I, Discs 1-2 — Brandenburg Concertos
The third concerto is one I’ve heard a lot of in the past, and the melody in the first part is very familiar.
The fifth concerto was thought to have been written both to show off Bach’s new harpsichord, as well as for a competition with another composer and organist Louis Marchand, who didn’t show up for the competition.
Since the Brandenburg Concertos are so popular, I haven’t discovered anything new here, but listening to them more critically and with an eye toward what each instrument is doing has significantly improved my appreciation of them.
people.iarc.uaf.edu /~cswingle/blog/?p=98   (1353 words)

 The Brandenburg Concertos and Musica Florea - Český rozhlas D-Dur
In them Bach very inventively developed the so-called concerto principle: in each of the concertos he chooses an interesting combination of instruments, to which he entrusts extremely demanding solo parts.
Concerto No. 2 is considered to be one of the most difficult of all trumpet concertos, just as No. 5 is considered to be for the harpsichord
Ancient music groups which have made complete recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos include foreign ensembles with prestigious names: a few that come quickly to mind are the English Concert, the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, La Petite Bande, and the Academy of Ancient Music.
www.rozhlas.cz /d-dur/download_eng/_zprava/366278   (946 words)

 J. S. Bach and the 2. Brandenburg Concerto
The Brandenburg Concertos were dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721.
The 6 Brandenburg concertos contrast a small group of solo players (different in each of the six) with the larger body of players who have no solo functions.
All the concertos are in three movements as in the Italian style (of Torelli), except the first and third.
abel.hive.no /trumpet/bach/brandenburg   (123 words)

 Disc Man: J.S. BACH: BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS NOS. 1-6. (Seattle Weekly)
If you, like me, have tired of hearing old, plodding modern versions of the Brandenburg Concertos aired too frequently during rush hour, the riot of contrasting sounds and colors that distinguishes these sparkling, authentic-instrument performances is sure to turn you around.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) seems to have hastily assembled these concertos from earlier compositions, adapting them for the eight hand-picked musicians of his Kothen Chamber Orchestra.
And be sure to listen for the little galloping sounds in the middle of the first movement of the Third Concerto.
www.seattleweekly.com /2000-05-03/arts/j-s-bach-brandenburg-concertos-nos-1-6.php   (304 words)

 BACH: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6; Concerto in A minor - Duilio Glafetti, violin/ Thomas Mueller and Raul Diaz, natural ...
BACH: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6; Concerto in A minor - Duilio Glafetti, violin/ Thomas Mueller and Raul Diaz, natural horns/ Maurice Steger and Stefano Bet, recorders/ Emiliano Rodolfi, oboe/ Francesco Cera, hrpsd./ Diego Fasolis, cond.
The very opening of the F Major Concerto, with its corni da caccia (hunting horns), its flourishes in oboes and violin, and swooping attacks from the ripieno and harpsichord, make for a ceaseless brew of energized musical activity.
Brandenburg Four opens in 3/8 with glowing flutes and violin solo, a string orchestra and continuo and two recorders, most Arcadian.
www.audaud.com /article.php?ArticleID=2418   (882 words)

 J.S. BACH - Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites on 3 CDs available separately. The Brandenburg Bach Orchestra.
Bach's SIX BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS are rightfully regarded as being among the most popular orchestral works of the baroque period, combining as they do the baroque arts of counterpoint with a light and tuneful quality making them instantly and universally enjoyable.
Bach began to look around for a new position, and seeing the Margrave of Brandenburg as a possible employer and patron Bach, referring to a previous meeting with the Margrave, sent him the six "Brandenburg Concertos" accompanied by an elaborate dedication.
The notable exception is the first concerto, which then for some reason best known to its composer, further entertains us with a Minuet, two Trios and a Polacca, turning the concerto into more of an orchestral suite.
www.baroquecds.com /74123Web.html   (923 words)

 Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, etc / Christopher Hogwood Classical
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1064
www.cduniverse.com /search/xx/music/pid/1170471/a/Bach%3A+Brandenburg+Concertos%2C+etc+%2F+Christopher+Hogwood.htm   (396 words)

 Barnes & Noble.com - Music: Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, etc., Lord Benjamin Britten, CD
Johann Sebastian played for the Margrave of Brandenburg during one of his visits to Berlin and was invited to send some along of his compositions.
In the richly woven intricacy of their counterpoint and in the vividness and variety of their instrumentation, the Brandenburgs stand out from the huge heap of Baroque concertos -- and these characterful performances by Benjamin Britten and the English Chamber Orchestra stand out from the huge heap of Brandenburg recordings on the market.
Considering the vast array of recordings available of Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos" -- ranging from modernized performances by large ensembles to historical re-creations on original instruments in smaller numbers -- some listeners may seek a good compromise that simply does justice to the music without fussing about authenticity.
music.barnesandnoble.com /search/product.asp?ean=28944384727&z=y   (1370 words)

 BACH Brandenburg Concertos. La Stravaganza/Rampe (Veritas) - INKPOT
Beginning with Brandenburg Concerto No.1, BWV 1046, the orchestra of La Stravaganza from Hamburg demonstrates its infectious sense of fun, one of those key X factors of great musical performance.
Brandenburg Concerto No.3, BWV 1048, surely one of the pinacles of Baroque string ensemble writing, is my favourite of the six.
For the later c.1719 version of the Fifth Concerto, Bach also extended the harpsichord solo in the first movement to this huge spectacular thing.
inkpot.com /classical/bachbranstrav.html   (1629 words)

 Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos
www.hyperion-records.co.uk /details/22001.asp   (110 words)

 Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (COMPLETE) sheet music for orchestra
Brandenburg Concerto I (f.score) for hrn, ob, bs, strings & harpsichord
Brandenburg Concerto II (f.score) for tr, fl, ob, strings & harpsichord
Brandenburg Concerto V (f.score) for fl, strings & harpsichord
www.virtualsheetmusic.com /score/BrandenburgsALL.html   (418 words)

 Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos - Cambridge University Press   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Brandenburg Concertos represent a pinnacle in the history of the Baroque Concerto, as well as being among the most universally admired of all Bach’s works.
This fascinating new guide places the concertos in their historical context, investigates their sources, traces their origins and discusses the changing traditions of performance that have affected the way listeners have understood them since Bach’s time.
The works’ rich instrumentarium is carefully described, and a substantial chapter considers each concerto individually, revealing those aspects of their style and structure that make this group of works a unique and towering landmark in the history of the genre.
www.cambridge.org /catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521382769   (168 words)

 classical music - andante - johann sebastian bach: brandenburg concertos
Brandenburg Concerto n° 1 in F major, BWV 1046 (20:51)
Brandenburg Concerto n° 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (11:10)
Brandenburg Concerto n° 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (9:57)
www.andante.com /article/article.cfm?id=25936   (147 words)

 Hanford Bach CD Collection
Brandenburg Concertos, Max Reger Arrangement for Piano Duo
Concerto in A minor for Harpsichord, Flute, and Violin
Concertos for 2 and 3 Pianos and Orchestra
www.jsbach.org /hanford.html   (231 words)

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