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Bach Adagios

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028944297522
  • Catalog Number: 000944302
  • Sales rank: 194,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air (Air on a G String) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (5:16)
  2. 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 (2:31)
  3. 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 (5:41)
  4. 4 Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): Sinfonia - Johann Sebastian Bach & Heinz Holliger (2:34)
  5. 5 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: Affettuoso - Neville Marriner & Johann Sebastian Bach (5:43)
  6. 6 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & András Schiff (3:53)
  7. 7 Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7): Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Alfred Brendel (5:44)
  8. 8 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Arpad Gerecz (6:08)
  9. 9 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach & The English Concert (2:57)
  10. 10 Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Sarabande - Johann Sebastian Bach & Pepe Romero (4:06)
  11. 11 Concerto for oboe, violin, strings & continuo in F major (reconstruction), BWV 1053R: Siciliano - Johann Sebastian Bach & Heinz Holliger (4:19)
  12. 12 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Sinfonia - Johann Sebastian Bach & Munich Bach Orchestra (7:16)
  13. 13 Sonata for flute & keyboard in A major, BWV 1032: Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Henk Bouman (3:27)
  14. 14 Suite for lute in G minor, BWV 995: Gavotte 1/2 en Rondeau - Johann Sebastian Bach & Narciso Yepes (5:06)
  15. 15 Jesu, meine Freude, motet for 5-part chorus, BWV 227 (BC C5): Jesu, Priceless Treasure - David Willcocks & Johann Sebastian Bach (1:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Rudolf Baumgartner (7:16)
  2. 2 Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Siciliano - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maria Graf (2:17)
  3. 3 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (6:44)
  4. 4 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Munich Bach Orchestra (3:47)
  5. 5 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & György Sebök (2:27)
  6. 6 Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & The English Concert (5:08)
  7. 7 Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in A major (reconstruction), BWV 1055R: Larghetto - Heinz Holliger & Johann Sebastian Bach (5:09)
  8. 8 Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1): Praeludium - Johann Sebastian Bach & András Schiff (2:06)
  9. 9 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: Andante - Neville Marriner & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:47)
  10. 10 Partita for keyboard No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (BC L4): Sarabande - Johann Sebastian Bach & Pepe Romero (4:16)
  11. 11 Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: Adagio - Neville Marriner & Johann Sebastian Bach (5:18)
  12. 12 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 (2:11)
  13. 13 Minuet for keyboard No. 36 in D minor (AMN II/36; doubtful), BWV Anh. 132 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Celedonio Romero (2:19)
  14. 14 Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en rondeau - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maria Graf (3:17)
  15. 15 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 (7:23)
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