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Reviews: Bach: Orchestral Suites - Pearlman

Reviews: 5

Review by stvnharr May 9, 2004 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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A new wonderful disc from Boston Baroque and Telarc. This is another 5 star recording. Bach's Orchestral Suites are well established in the recording library. This set should take its place near the top of the best.
The pieces are arranged in order of composition, rather than common number, so the order is 4-1-3-2.
I found all four suites to be excellently played. All the instruments were easily and distinctly heard. The first 3 suites are full orchestral suites with horns of various compositions, and the last suite is a nice flute concerto that really provides a nice contrast to the other 3 suites. The famous "Air" from suite 3 is done really nicely here.
This set compares favorably to my long time favorite recording of these, Ton Koopman and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and the sound here is much better. I'm sure that from now on when I want to listen to these pieces, this recording is the one I will look for.

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Review by thepilot August 29, 2004 (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
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This is the stuff dreams are made of. Truly realistic recording that trasports the listener in the recording venue, and a performance that would put a big smile even in Bach's serious face. Need I say more?

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Review by mwagner1962 May 10, 2005 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
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To be honest, I have never been a real fan of period performances. However, this recording (as well as the other Telarc Boston Baroque (Handel Fireworks and Water Music SACD-60594) has convinced me beyond a doubt that period performances (with real period instruments) can be incredibly pleasing and enjoyable.

Combine the excitement, passion, and just plan fun found in the group's playing and Telarc's superb recording quality makes this a serious winner for me.

I cannot say enough about the quality of the sound, with outstanding spacing within the orchestra. I will not bore you with the audiophilia terms like some silly magazine reviewer. The goods are all there combined with great playing, sound, and just plain fun..if Bach can be considered fun!!!!

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Review by freddie May 4, 2006 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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This recording may well be the best single-example for why SACD needs to succeed. The recording is superlative in both two-channel and multi-channel modes. The performances will make you want to dance. If you are a proponent of SACD and a classical music lover, GET THIS DISK! I have listened to it five times straight since it came yesterday. It's that good!

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Review by Julien December 24, 2006 (6 of 11 found this review helpful)
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I'm sorry to have to disagree with everything said above, but this recording is a third rate performance. No serious baroque specialist could possibly appreciate it, these people have the only merits to play well as an ensemble, basically in tune, and technically corrrect on baroque instruments.

For the rest, no musical or artistic liberty expressed at all, the interpretation is as flat and boring as the Suzuki recording I reviewed before, and there is no style, it sounds like a kid who just learned how to read, very fluent but speaking without expressivity nor nuances or inflexions.

And bad news, at least the sound on the Suzuki recording was amazing, which is not the case here, at least for the stereo part which sounds compressed even on my very open sounding Cary player. Hope that the multi-channel mix is better.

Any non-European good baroque ensemble out there?

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