Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6, Bwv 1046-105
Label: WINTER & WINTER
Catalog: 917 194-1
The Brandenburg Concertos by Bach count among his most well-known works, composed before 1721. At that time when he did not know about his subsequent engagement as Thomaskantor in Leipzig. In this year, 1721, Bach fell in love with the young Anna Magdalena. All doors seemed to be open for the 36 year old Bach, who have had great plans. He was full of energy and has had a real zest for life. This release opens beautifully effervescent with the first Allegro from the VI. Concerto, followed by the Andante, which could be seen as an imagination and a homage to Vivaldi’s lagoon city Venice and after that sounds the almost excessive Presto of the IV. Concerto. The first part of this release ends with the celebratory closing Allegro, again from the VI. Concerto. The second half of the album starts with the brilliant compositions of the Allegro from the II. Concerto. The Adagio from the I. Concerto gives a miraculous rest. Then follows — between wild dance and sensual rapture – the Allegro from the III. Concerto. Contemplative calm brings the Affetuoso from the V. Concerto, and the album ends with the vigorous Allegro from the same Concerto.Bach probably didn't expect that his life will end in Leipzig, however it was him granted not to find a career like George Friedrich Handel. The album breaks all previous limits. The selection is sassy, fun, extremely distinct and hopefully not too crazy. Also the recording procedure is unusual: no overdubs, no complex editing procedure, no use of a multi-microphone system.