The Brandenburg Concertos need no introduction doubtless because they owe their fame to a systematic exploration of a genre recently inherited from the Italians, with a still youthful Bach devising as many different scorings as there are concertos. When he received the manuscript of the six works, Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg, must have been terrified by their demands, and his musicians even more so! Three centuries later, the cycle is as open as ever to new historically informed interpretations, as this set demonstrates. The CD cover represents the importance of numbers in these works eg Concerto No 3 which is scored for three instruments, in 3 time, 3 sections etc. The trumpeter is particularly impressive. Freiburg are recording and touring Bach throughout 2014.
'it takes its place among the best in a very competitive field' --Brian Wilson, Music-web International
'luxuriant textures, polished ensemble and meticulously plotted conceptions, born of single-mindedness and an embedded familiarity with their colleagues and the material ... A curate s egg of a Brandenburg.' --Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone May 2014
'beautifully played and contains plenty of fresh realisations' --Simon Thompson, Musicweb International