ESSENTIAL RECORDINGS
JS Bach - Brandenburg Concertos


J.S. BACH - BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS - SWISS BAROQUE SOLOISTS - ANDRES GABETTA (Conductor and violin) - NAXOS 8.557755/6

I believe this is the Swiss Baroque Soloists first recording. Wow! What a way to start. They and Gabetta breathe new life in this often recorded orchestral baroque masterwork. The tempos are swift, even fast, the last movement of the 3rd concerto is a great example, but it is not done to excess or to impress, it just simply makes the whole seem better balanced. The period instruments here produce a crisp, fresh tone that is pleasing and not dry like some. The Naxos recording is excellent. This one moves right to the top of the long list of Brandenburg recordings.

Jean-Yves Duperron