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.
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
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.
Albert Schweitzer was a German (writing in French also) theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary. As well as his important theological work (he depicted Jesus as literally believing the end of the world was coming in his own lifetime), he developed various theories on music, in particular the work of J.S. Bach. He explained figures and motifs in Bach’s Chorale Preludes as painter-like tonal and rhythmic imagery illustrating themes from the words of the hymns on which they were based.