This is an enjoyable, somehow spontaneous recording of several of Bach's works for a pair of harpsichords, with the great Japanese Bach conductor Masaaki Suzuki joined by his son Masato. The high spirits of the elder Suzuki here could be chalked up to any combination of several factors. One might be freedom from the rigors of his complete Bach cantata cycle, just recently completed when this album appeared in 2014.
This recording presents a completely new way of thinking about concerto performance. It is based on our belief that these timeless Bach masterpieces still allow room for discovery and adventure. ~ Bob James
Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman recorded a splendid set of the Brandenburg Concertos on period instruments in 1993 and 1994. Made entirely in the US, these snappy, crisply articulated, and fluent performances rely heavily on the talents of violinist Daniel Stepner (who doubles as one of the two solo violists in Concerto No. 6). Among the highlights are the joyous finale to Concerto No. 4 and the superb cembalo cadenza in No. 5, played by Pearlman. Along with outstanding sound, there's a winning sense of freshness and discovery in these performances.
The Wave Quartet is one of the most interesting newcomer ensembles in the classical world. Immediately in their technique and in the ensemble playing "(Supersonic Award), you always succeed in breaking up old listening habits and letting familiar things sound completely new and interesting. Theirr new Bach album is at Sony Classical. With the L'Orfeo baroque orchestra under the direction of Michi Gaigg, they have four harpsichord orchestras by J.S. Bach (BWV 1052/1061/1062/1065) in their own new arrangement.