Episode 2: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Presto

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Every weekday during November, WQXR offers a free, daily download of a noteworthy Bach recording. Today, we present the Presto from the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

Album Details:
Brandenburg Concerto #4: III. Presto
Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Brandenburg Concertos and Oboe Concertos
Available at Arkivmusic.com

The six beloved Brandenburg Concertos were recorded in the early 1990s by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (no conductor) in a series of fleet and flowing performances. Their instruments are modern but the phrasing is closer to period style. Listen above for the third movement, introduced by host Jeff Spurgeon.

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Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Like Shakespeare, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, had such comprehensive vision of the world he knew and such an imagination and compositional virtuosity to reach deep into many formats and get his message across. MOZART, BEETHOVEN and WAGNER IMHO are the only other musical geniuses that may still be as BACH widely played and appreciated one hundred years from now. Great as BACH was/is each composer has his/her own style and format and content so it is not appropriate to claim the top of the totem pole to any one great composer, no matter how great. I am partial to RICHARD WAGNER because his music most touchest both my personal and professional life. But Mozart, Beethoven, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Massenet, Debussy, Giordano, Schubert, Arnold Schonberg, Brahms, Richard and Johann Strauss, Moussorsky, Borodin, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Bizet, Meyerbeer and Hugo Wolf all have legitimate claims on my leisure as well as professional life. Ask a mother or father who their favorite child is if they have more than one and one will see it is not that easy to marginalize one's preferences. ALL deserve our attention and respect. There will always be time and devotion cheerfully dedicated to the presentation of this great master's ouevre. The test of time is virtually always the most respected judgment on the preciousness of anything. BACH's music has met that test. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH is one of the great titanic geniuses of music and his music and its influence will be forever with us no matter what the current fads that will turn up as certainly as day follows night. SIngers and instrumentalists and music lovers all clamor for more BACH. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"], teacher of voice production and I train and coach big-voiced singers in the Wagner rep and actors in the Shakespeare oeuvre. www.WagnerOpera.com

Nov. 13 2014 12:48 AM

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