Bach: Ouvertures

Bach: 4 Ouvertüren-Suites
Musica Antiqua Köln - Reinhard Goebel
Archiv 415 671-2 A H2 (2 CDs)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
- Overture in C major BWV 1066 (oboe I/II, bassoon; strings; b.c.)
- Overture in B minor BWV 1067 (flute; strings; b.c.)
- Overture in D major BWV 1068 (trumpet I-III, timpani, oboe I/II; strings; b.c.)
- Overture in D major BWV 1069 (trumpet I-III, timpani, oboe I-III, bassoon; strings; b.c.)
- Overture in G minor BWV 1070 (flute; strings; b.c.)

Playing time: 110'32

Performers (BWV 1066, 1068 & 1069): Reinhard Goebel, Gunar Letzbor, Werner Ehrhardt, Jan Reichow (violin I); Mary Utiger, Andrea Keller, Almut Bergmeier, Paula Kibildis (violin II); Hajo Bäß, Daniel Spektor, Karin Baasch (viola); Phoebe Carrai, Karen Kaderavek (cello); Jonathan Cable (violone); Hans-Peter Westermann, Michael Niesemann, Pieter Dhont (oboe); Michael McCraw (bassoon); Friedemann Immer, Klaus Osterloh, Kay Immer (trumpet); Eckhard Leue (timpani); Andreas Staier, Robert Hill (harpsichord).

Performers (BWV 1067 & 1070): Wilbert Hazelzet (flute); Reinhard Goebel, Hajo Bäß (violin); Karlheinz Steeb (viola); Jaap ter Linden (cello); Jean-Michel Forest (violone); Henk Bouman (harpsichord).

Recording date: 4/1982 (BWV 1067, 1070) and 5/1985 (BWV 1066, 1068 and 1069).

Comments: BWV 1067 and 1070 already issued on LP and performed one player to a part. Interestingly enough, Reinhard Goebel refers to these as "our youthful sins" in the CD notes. These two Overtures can be also found in the "Archiv Masters" series (Archiv 447 285-2 A MA (1 CD)), along with the rest of the Canon & Gigue LP. BWV 1066 and 1069 also reissued in the "Archiv Masters" series (Archiv 447 287-2 A MA (1 CD)) and Archiv 447 288-2 A MA (1 CD)) together with the six Brandenburg Concertos. Another reissue of the four Overtures in the recent "Archiv Collectors Edition" (Archiv 471 656-2 A B8 (8 CDs)), with the complete Brandenburg Concertos and "Kammermusik" records.

Maurizio Frigeni

Some other recordings of these Overtures:

Bach: Suites for Orchestra
La Petite Bande - Sigiswald Kuijken
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77008 (2 CDs)
Bach: Les Quatre Ouvertures (BWV 1066-69)
Le Concert des Nations / La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8727 (2 CDs)
Bach: Suites for Orchestra
Academy of Ancient Music - Christopher Hogwood
L'Oiseau Lyre 417 834 (2 CDs)
Bach: Suites for Orchestra
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901578 (2 CDs)
Bach - Overture No. 1 & 4
Munich Bach Orchestra - Karl Richter
Archiv Produktion 198 681 (LP)

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Todd M. McComb