Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monday was Bach's 326th birthday. To celebrate, we played your favorite of his six Brandenburg Concertos. You voted for No. 4 and we played it at 12 noon.



Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046


Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047


Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048


Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049


Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050


Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051

Comments [49]

Michael Meltzer

After the selection, there is the melancholy of the dessert wagon being wheeled away.
Who ever said that the world was fair?

Mar. 23 2011 12:16 PM
Ralph from DE

I guess there are no trumpet players in the audience. What about #2? Toughest trumpet piece known.

Mar. 23 2011 12:10 PM
Nicoletta Aguccioni from Weehawken, NJ

I vote for Brandebourg Concerto # 3.It is my favorite of all the Bach's Concertos

Mar. 23 2011 11:56 AM

Of course, there isn't a weak one in the bunch. But 'though probably the most (over?)played, there's a reason: No. 5 has spectacular melody, counterpoint, structure, texture and, of course, the thrilling harpsichord cadenza. So No. 5 gets my vote, but it's almost like having to vote for your favorite child.

Mar. 23 2011 11:51 AM
Linda Ferm from New York, NY

This is difficult but I'm going with #3.

Mar. 23 2011 11:50 AM
Mary Carroll from Hawthorne, NJ

Ahhh Bach! Concerto No. 1!

Mar. 23 2011 11:50 AM
howard smythe from Brooklyn, NY

I vote for number 6 because it seems like it is never

Mar. 23 2011 11:47 AM
Maggie from Morris Township, NJ

#6 - no question!

Mar. 23 2011 11:45 AM
Bonnie Gustafsson from Bloomfield, NJ

Definitely #5! It's pure joy, and I always wanted to play the harpsichord part!

Mar. 23 2011 11:43 AM
Maureen Miller

I first heard Bach on the radio as a teenager in the '70's. It was Brandenberg Concerto #6 and I was mesmerized! I bought all 6 as a set & played them at college along with my Moody Blues & James Taylor albums. I've loved Bach ever since. Thank you JS!

Mar. 23 2011 11:37 AM
Maria from Tenaeck, NJ

Ot is very difficult to choose because they're all so wonderful. But I will go with #5 although I'm not exactly thrilled with the slow tempo on the sample you have on this Web Site I hope that this is not the one that is going to play at noon if #5 wins.

Mar. 23 2011 11:25 AM
pentalk from New York

I vote for #6. From a musician perspective, it's challenging, has depth, and reflects a "joy" and enlightenment that's uplifting on this gloomy day.

Mar. 23 2011 11:19 AM
William Curtis

Number Five without a doubt -- that wonderful harpsichord cadenza is a thrill

Second Choice (don't let this affect the voting, though) is Number Two for the trumpet part.

Mar. 23 2011 11:14 AM
Steve from White Plains

Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G. It's so warm and cozy, the perfect antidote to snow/sleet/rain on what is SUPPOSED TO BE THE THIRD DAY OF SPRING FOR GOODNESS SAKE!!!!

Mar. 23 2011 11:09 AM
bill carroll from The Bronx

#6 is my favorite. I sometimes think of it as a serene and very beautiful "Ode To Joy".

Mar. 23 2011 11:08 AM
Gary Arnesen from Chatham, NJ

This is a tougher one to select than when I'm voting for a President or a Governor. My first choice is the 3rd, but it's only slightly ahead of the 5th and 6th.

Mar. 23 2011 10:54 AM
Gary from Dallas, TX

I voted for Nr. 3. The energy abounds!!! Our Dallas Symphony conductor, Jaap van Zweden recorded all Brandenburg concerti while still an active violinist in Amsterdam. Anyone wanting to hear a violinist with formidable technique (thank you, Ms DeLay), please check these out. Jaap is a Julliard grad that at 19 became the concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw and made quite a few recordings (80's?) with a baroque chamber orchestra. You may also find excerpts on Youtube. Vielen dank!

Mar. 23 2011 10:52 AM
Michael Meltzer

Midge Woolsey asks for the happiest Brandenburg, which was not in the printed instructions.
There has never been a happier piece composed in the history of music than the last movement of #3. If you can get familiar enough with that to be able to replay it in your memory, it will keep you smiling all day.

Mar. 23 2011 10:50 AM

I voted for #4. The Recorders were nice and made the piece a little different sound.

Mar. 23 2011 10:36 AM
Tom from Manhattan

Has to be # 3 ---- strings, string and more strings!!!

Mar. 23 2011 10:24 AM
Morris Solomon from New York

I voted for number two because of the great trumpet line. I also was a recorder player many years ago and Bach wrote a recorder part for it. Bach also wrote number 4 for two recorders, not flutes.
Thank you.

Mar. 23 2011 10:18 AM
Jeanne from NYC

Each so differrent—I always need to listen to them ALL as it is impossible choice. New York needs sunshine of No. 6 today, though.

Mar. 23 2011 10:17 AM
Bill Watson from Palm Beach, FL

As a former trumpet player, I have to go with #2.

Mar. 23 2011 10:15 AM
ann from NYC

Love the all! i would be happy to hear any of them (or all of them) :)

Mar. 23 2011 09:50 AM

I keep going back and forth on which to choose. You could play it safe and play them all.

Mar. 23 2011 09:50 AM

It's so unfair to make us choose just one, I want to choose all of them! It goes without saying he is one of my favorite composers. When I hear his concertoes, it lifts up my spirits!

Mar. 23 2011 09:42 AM

You no longer have to login to choose a Brandenburg concerto. Vote away!

Mar. 23 2011 09:34 AM

Would like #6 - also logged in but unable to click anything to vote!
Mike Lindsay

Mar. 23 2011 09:26 AM
Paula Whitney Best, MA, JD from New York, NY

Guten Tag! When it comes to Bach's Brandenburg Concerti, what else is there but Number 3? Please play it!


Mar. 23 2011 09:21 AM
Heinrich Fath from Hamburg

I love the 3rd. concerto.
greetings from Germany

Mar. 23 2011 09:09 AM
Justine from New York

I want to hear all six!

Mar. 23 2011 09:09 AM

Love the voting process

Mar. 23 2011 09:07 AM
MusicLover1210 from Springfield, NJ

I love all the Brandenburg Concertos. The 5th is my favorite because I play the flute and I performed the first movement of the 5th with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra in 2004.I still play with the group. It is in it's 17th year!

Mar. 23 2011 08:56 AM
Pia Francesca DeSilva from NYC

Having been a modern dance major ( School of Performing Arts H.S. NYC); I love No. 3, for its syncopation, and rythyms. "Rythym, Rythym, saves the World>" - Mr. Lash (of P.A.'s Music Dept. during the 1950's, 60's and 70's)

Mar. 23 2011 08:54 AM

Love them all, but the 3rd is (always) my favorite!


Mar. 23 2011 08:32 AM
chaim from NYC

Yes, voting box is broken. I vote for the 5th.

Mar. 23 2011 08:23 AM
Ivan K. Strausz MD from NYC

The Fifth, please - with its wonderful cadenza!

Mar. 23 2011 08:16 AM
robert maslansky MD from NY NY

second by all means my longtime favorite

Mar. 23 2011 08:14 AM
Dani Burchman from New Rochelle, NY

Even though it's played often, I love the 3rd and can never get enough of it!

Mar. 23 2011 08:12 AM
Lon Keith Klein MD from NYC

The Second please.

Mar. 23 2011 07:57 AM

The voting box just popped into sight. At last! And yes, I chose the Third.

Mar. 23 2011 07:37 AM
Tim Brown

BTW, the voting box is busted. First it told me I'd already taken survey (not true) and now it says to log on.

Mar. 23 2011 07:16 AM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

Number 5 no question. In the first movement the keyboard escapes the bonds of continuodom (huh?) and goes completely nuts. Wonderful virtuoso work.

Mar. 23 2011 07:13 AM

#2, the trumpet part is fantastic.

Mar. 23 2011 07:01 AM
Steve from Roselle Park NJ

Hard to choose - but I think #5

Mar. 23 2011 06:51 AM
Sarah Walters

I pick the third. I am partial to strings.

Mar. 23 2011 06:49 AM

Um, I ws told to login to take part in the survey, so I logged in, and I still can't vote.

I prefer the Third, thanks.

Mar. 23 2011 06:44 AM

The first time I heard the 1st, my favorite was the 1st. Then I heard the 2nd, and I started getting into trouble ;-). I think it's the 3rd, or else whichever one I heard last!

Mar. 23 2011 02:32 AM
Michael Meltzer

At various times in my life, my favorite has been the 5th, the 2nd, the 4th, and right now, the 3rd.
You can't go wrong if you play them all. Begin at noon, you'll be finished at 1:40. It's easy, try it.

Mar. 23 2011 01:30 AM

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