Bach Adagios

Bach Adagios

     
 

Since most of Johann Sebastian Bach's oratorios, cantatas, concertos, suites, and sonatas contain slow movements -- many of which have become favorite excerpts -- putting together a double album of them would seem quite easy; since Decca has an extensive catalog of Bach performances by such luminaries as Trevor Pinnock, See more details below

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Since most of Johann Sebastian Bach's oratorios, cantatas, concertos, suites, and sonatas contain slow movements -- many of which have become favorite excerpts -- putting together a double album of them would seem quite easy; since Decca has an extensive catalog of Bach performances by such luminaries as Trevor Pinnock, Neville Marriner, Raymond Leppard, Arthur Grumiaux, Heinz Holliger, Alfred Brendel, and many others, assembling this collection would almost seem like child's play. All Bach's popular hits are included here, from the "Air on the G string" to the "Prelude in C major" from the "Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1," and the variety of solo performances and instrumental combinations keeps the music sounding fresh at virtually every track. Purists may lament that these are not uniformly authentic performances on period instruments, but there are certainly several examples of Baroque style here, though the majority of the selections tend toward modern practices. Because this collection is mostly directed to casual listeners, issues of historicity are perhaps secondary to the musicality of the performances, and most people will find the playing to be tasteful and the interpretations in the proper spirit. Decca's sound quality is quite smooth and well-balanced throughout, even though the session dates range from 1962 to 1998 and include ADD as well as DDD recordings; those who play this collection as background music will find it quite soothing and free of loud, disruptive passages. However, the choral tracks that close each disc -- "Jesu, Priceless Treasure," and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" -- are a little disconcerting, coming after so much instrumental music, and feel too religious for what otherwise seems intended as a secular album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028944297522
catalogNumber:
000944302
Rank:
139946

Tracks

  1. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air (Air on a G String)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  2. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Sleepers Awake (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Raymond Agoult  -  New Symphony Orchestra of London  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  3. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings & continuo in A minor ("Triple"), BWV 1044: Adagio, ma non tanto, e dolce  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Lisa Beznosiuk  -  English Concert  - Trevor Pinnock  - Simon Standage  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  4. Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): Sinfonia  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Heinz Holliger  -  Camerata Bern  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: Affettuoso  - Neville Marriner  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Jean-Pierre Rampal  - Henryk Szeryng  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  6. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - András Schiff  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  7. Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7): Andante  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Alfred Brendel  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  8. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: Andante  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Arpad Gerecz  - Arthur Grumiaux  - Les Solistes Romandes  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  9. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Concert  - Raymond Leppard  - Raymond Leppard  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  10. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Sarabande  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Pepe Romero  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  11. Concerto for oboe, violin, strings & continuo in F major (reconstruction), BWV 1053R: Siciliano  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Heinz Holliger  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  12. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Sinfonia  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Munich Bach Orchestra  - Karl Richter  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  13. Sonata for flute & keyboard in A major, BWV 1032: Largo  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Henk Bouman  - Wilbert Hazelzet  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  14. Suite for lute in G minor, BWV 995: Gavotte 1/2 en Rondeau  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Narciso Yepes  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  15. Jesu, meine Freude, motet for 5-part chorus, BWV 227 (BC C5): Jesu, Priceless Treasure  - David Willcocks  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Simon Preston  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  16. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Rudolf Baumgartner  -  Lucerne Festival Strings  - Zino Francescatti  - Regis Pasquier  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  17. Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Siciliano  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Maria Graf  - Irena Grafenauer  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  18. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: Adagio  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Henryk Szeryng  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  19. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Andante  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Munich Bach Orchestra  - Karl Richter  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  20. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Andante  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - György Sebök  - Janos Starker  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  21. Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: Adagio  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Concert  - Trevor Pinnock  - David Reichenberg  - Simon Standage  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  22. Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in A major (reconstruction), BWV 1055R: Larghetto  - Heinz Holliger  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Iona Brown  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  23. Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1): Praeludium  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - András Schiff  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  24. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: Andante  - Neville Marriner  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Michala Petri  - Henryk Szeryng  - Henryk Szeryng  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  25. Partita for keyboard No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (BC L4): Sarabande  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Pepe Romero  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  26. Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: Adagio  - Neville Marriner  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Carmel Kaine  - Tess Miller  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  27. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude no. 1  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Friedrich Gulda  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  28. Minuet for keyboard No. 36 in D minor (AMN II/36; doubtful), BWV Anh. 132  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Celedonio Romero  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  29. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en rondeau  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Maria Graf  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington
  30. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - George Guest  - Peter White  - Joseph Szurly  - Leif Covington

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