- Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Abbado previously recorded the Brandenburg Concertos with soloists from the La Scala Orchestra in the 1970s, which was then a rare foray into Bach’s works for the maestro. In the mid-1990s Abbado began to program these works alongside the Kammermusiken of Hindemith, thus presenting the Baroque master in contrast with a 20th-century master. After the establishment of the Orchestra Mozart in 2004 with Abbado at the helm, it seemed inevitable that after extensive preparation of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and others the group would eventually turn to Bach.
In 2007 Abbado and the Orchestra Mozart toured Italy performing all six of the Brandenburg Concertos, and on that tour this recording was made. Recorded in the 1500-seat Teatro Municipale Romolo Valli, Reggio Emilia, an acoustically ideal space for these works, the performances that Abbado and the Orchestra Mozart have committed to disc are taut and exciting.
Violinist Giuliano Carmignola, known for his many recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Archiv, leads the orchestra and acts as violin soloist. He is joined by an impressive roster of other soloists including harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone, recorder virtuosa Michala Petri, trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich, and others. Employing period instruments, Orchestra Mozart liberates all the vitality embedded in Bach’s notes creating an experience “as if you’re hearing the music for the first time” (Classical Source). From the Label