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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Goebel, Musica Antiqua Kln


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Notes and Editorial Reviews


A stimulating and provocative issue, well recorded and thoughtfully argued.

I suppose it was inevitable that, sooner or later, an ensemble of the calibre of Cologne Musica Antigua would want to record Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos, yet
Archiv Produktion already have a fine set from Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert in their catalogue and when there is so much baroque repertoire still waiting to be
explored, or at least waiting for a decent performance, this re-recording of works by a company which only releases about 20 issues a year through its specialist division
is something of an irritation to me.

Having got that of my chest, I must admit that many features of Reinhard Goebel's interpretation of these concertos are impressive and may over a longer period of time
prove satisfying. In a customarily clearly presented essay Goebel tells us what thinking lay behind his approach, his terms of reference always being the fair copy of the
concertos which Bach prepared for the Markgraf of Brandenburg and dedicated to him in 1721; but he is inclined to write as if Messrs Dart, Harnoncourt, Leonhardt,
Kuijken and others had contributed nothing to our greater understanding of these works. In his decision to have a 'chorus' of ripieno violins as opposed to single strings in
Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5 I find myself broadly in agreement; and his approach to dynamics is sensible and effective. Some of us will quibble with him over his
solution to the two transitional chords between the first and second movements of Concerto No. 3, which is simply to play them as they standunadorned and
unextended; others, including myself, will wish to take him to task for the seemingly insensitive brio with which he dashes off the first movement of Concerto No. 6.1
would always defend a brisk tempo in this piece but never the endurance test which Goebel sets both players and audience in the present performance.

Strongly critical though I feel about certain things in this issue I can only salute players whose technical skill enables them to perform the musical feats which Goebel
expects of them. The second of the two allegros of Concerto No. 3 is breathtakingly fast, yet virtually immaculate in ensemble and intonation; but this is too fast for the
good of the music and unquestionably too fast for me. I felt like clapping when it came to a close so brilliant is the performance in respect of executancy; but I have a
recurrent feeling that Goebel is indulging in the artistic equivalent of some 'outward bound' activity; indeed, he may well be the sort of person who enjoys sleeping on the
slopes of an ice-clad mountain without either tent or sleeping-bag. Having dealt with the two extremes of tempo which occur in the set the remainder of the movements
appear innocuous and differ little from those of several other performances on period instruments.

Crisp and well-balanced ensemble, fine intonation and effectively shaped phrasing are features of this release which will give prolonged pleasure. Goebel's own solo
violin playing in Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 is admirable, lacking neither in warmth nor in detail and with a pleasingly refined use of vibrato where he feels it is called for. I
also liked his violino piccolo playing in Concerto No. 1, though in spite of it I found the third movement disappointing. The strong beats are over-emphasized here and the
overall effect a little coarse. The trumpeter in Concerto No. 2 is Friedemann Immer, who has featured in at least two previous commercially released recordings of the
work. He, too, disappointed me, for although the notes, after a fashion, are all there, the sound he produces is often watery and lacking in clarity; furthermore, he omits
the trills in the opening statement of the finale. They are needed and Bach put them there for a very good reason, considering them as anything but optional. These trills
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are, admittedly, an additional hazard but I know of no other performance, off hand, which totally ignores them. The remaining concertino players are excellent and in the
slow movement there is some effective imitative ornamentation among the three parts.

The concertos which come off best are Nos. 4 and 5. Goebel's own contribution here, as I have said, is outstanding. In Concerto No. 4 the two treble recorders are lightly
articulated and evenly balanced. Tuttis are lucid in their texture and played with vigour and finesse. Concerto No. 5 fields a brilliant team of soloists with Goebel, Wilbert
Hazelzet and Andreas Staier. Staier's account of the big first movement cadenza is a tour de force, full of bravura but also thoughtfully and persuasively punctuated with
a commendable rhythmic flexibility. Hazelzet's playing is warm in tone and full of sensibility. His gentle approach to the music exerts, I feel, a much needed influence on
the group and this work benefits immeasurably from it. I would buy this set, albeit reluctantly, in order to have this fine performance of Concerto No. 5.

In short, here is a stimulating and provocative issue, well recordedthough for much of the time there is too much harpsichord continuo presence for meand
thoughtfully argued. I do not subscribe to all that is on display here but it in no way diminishes my admiration for these gifted if, at times, I believe, misguided artists.

-- Gramophone [3/1988]
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Works on This Recording


1.

Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach


Performer: Andrew Joy (French Horn), Reinhard Goebel (Violin), Rafael Vosseler (French Horn),
Michael McCraw (Bassoon), Piet Dhont (Oboe), Michael Niesemann (Oboe),
Hans-Peter Westermann (Oboe)
Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717; ?Cthen, Germany
Date of Recording: 06/1986
Venue: Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne
Length: 18 Minutes 0 Secs.

2.

Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 "Triple Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Reinhard Goebel (Violin), Wilbert Hazelzet (Recorder), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1730; Leipzig, Germany
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Date of Recording: 06/1987


Venue: Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne
Length: 20 Minutes 0 Secs.

3.

Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach


Performer: Wilbert Hazelzet (Recorder), Reinhard Goebel (Violin), Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cthen, Germany
Date of Recording: 02/1987
Venue: Kln, Deuschlandfunk, Sendesaal
Length: 21 Minutes 0 Secs.

4.

Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach


Performer: Reinhard Goebel (Violin), Michael Schneider (Recorder), Friedemann Immer (Trumpet),
Hans-Peter Westermann (Oboe)
Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cthen, Germany
Date of Recording: 06/1986
Venue: Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne
Length: 10 Minutes 0 Secs.

5.

Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach


Performer: Michael Schneider (Recorder), Sabine Bauer (Recorder), Reinhard Goebel (Violin)
Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720; ?Cthen, Germany
Date of Recording: 02/1987
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Venue: Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne


Length: 14 Minutes 0 Secs.

6.

Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach


Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany
Date of Recording: 02/1987
Venue: Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne
Length: 14 Minutes 0 Secs.

7.

Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach


Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany
Date of Recording: 06/1986
Venue: Sendesaal, Deutschlandfunk, Cologne
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs.

Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
like a bat out of hell November 18, 2016 By Annie Goldberg See All My Reviews "I have owned and heard many Brandenburg performances but this is
one for the ages. They go like a bat out of hell. Check out the violin section in No. 3 Allegro: no human arm muscles could move that fast. And their Triple Concerto is a
poem." Report Abuse