Complete Brandenburg Concertos CD

by English Chamber Orchestra

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Complete Brandenburg Concertos CD

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The English Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1960 and it has become one of the world’s leading ensembles. It was closely associated with the Aldeburgh Festival, and played in many Britten premieres including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Owen Wingrave and Curlew River. It is famous for the vitality and musicality of its playing and the breadth of its repertoire. It records and tours regularly and has built an enviable and unique reputation for quality and dedication.

In 1721 Bach collated six concertos as a gift for the Margrave of Brandenburg. Having been composed over a long period they had little in common musically and were primarily intended as a job application. Bach received neither thanks, job nor payment from the venerable Margrave. They were given the title Brandenburg Concertos 150 years later by Bach’s biographer Philipp Spitta.

The concertos are of great historical importance because they were much influenced by Italian music and the work of Vivaldi: they managed to break away from the standard German Concerto Grosso form. Using many combinations of textures and solo instrumentalists they were obviously written for virtuoso players.

The concertos have achieved immense popularity and the fact that a recorded excerpt from the 2nd concerto was placed on the Voyager spacecraft is a tribute to their importance and popularity.

The six Brandenburg Concertos are a pinnacle of musical invention and they underline Bach’s position as one of the world’s supreme musical geniuses.

Contents: CD1 Concerto No. 1 in F major Concerto No. 2 in F major Concerto No. 3 in G major Concerto No. 4 in G major Concerto No. 5 in D major Concerto No. 6 in B flat major

Complete Brandenburg Concertos CD by English Chamber Orchestra was published by Kevin Mayhew in April 2005 and is our 36213th best seller. The ISBN for Complete Brandenburg Concertos CD is 1490161.

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    Author / ArtistEnglish Chamber Orchestra
    PublisherKevin Mayhew (April 2005)
    Product Code103242
    Page last updated 18th May 2018
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