Calling Johann Sebastian aficionados

Guys,

Would welcome suggestions as to the best Brandenburg recordings.

Regards,

Lindsay

Well… thats likely to provoke many options…!!

Not going to claim it is the best, but I currently own -

Previously I think I owned this, but sold it, during a ‘clear out’ -

Both are good. Best…? YMMV.

In my dotage I’m tending to nostalgia. I mean by this I favour the first recordings I heard. The first dates to 1982, and the second 2006; I prefer the older recording, which was one bought with my first serious paycheck.


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Damn. No, the version that I used to have was this -

I still sold it…!!!

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To further confuse, there is a choice between ‘period correct’ or modern instruments, in the various versions.

Which is best…? Only your ears can decide.

The ECO/Raymond Leppard (Phillips) set was famous in its day - 40 or so years ago, with a stellar cast of musicians.

It’s almost certainly deleted now, replaced by more ‘authentic’, less interesting, versions.

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I still have the Roy Goodman version which I think is excellent.

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I bought it, based on… the Penguin guide, I think…? To replace the Trevor Pinnock version that I sold on, some years ago. Seemed OK to me…

Thanks guys.

I think “best” is a slippery concept in comparing musical performances. That’s especially true with baroque music where the preference for the sound of “original” vs modern instruments is so personal. @graham55 finds authentic performances ‘less interesting’. I find many earlier full orchestral versions of the Brandenbergs unlistenable (not Leppard’s). I much prefer recorders to flutes in No 4, for example. In recent years, music colleges have turned out many extremely fine players of original instruments and I no longer hear a difference in performance standards.

As for a recommended recording, I bought Trevor Pinnock’s earlier version with the English Concert when they first came out and have enjoyed them regularly ever since. But for a lively, even jazzy modern set I’d recommend Concerto Italiano led by Rinaldo Alessandrini:

Roger

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Also well reviewed in the Penguin Guide of yore:

Telarc CD80412, recorded in 1993-4.
(also available on two separate releases; CD80368 (1 to 3) and CD80354 (4 to 6))

Fabulous natural Telarc SQ and excellent performances too.

Mark

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