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Orchestral Suites BWV 1066-1069

Ton Koopman (Conductor)

Review: Bach Orchestral Suites DVD

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Bach: 4 Orchestral Suites

Orchestral Suites BWV 1066-1069 []

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

ArtHaus

1989

CD, DVD / TT: ~ 87:00

Recorded at The National Museum, Het Loo Palace, Holland.
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Kirk McElheearn wrote (July 31, 2002):
Bach’s Orchestral Suites, or Overtures, are among the only true orchestral works he wrote for a chamber ensemble. With the exception of the Brandenburg Concertos, all his other orchestral works are for solo instruments, such as harpsichord or violin, and orchestra. The four overtures are tutti works, like the Brandenburgs, where the entire ensemble is the soloist. These works are also some of the most French of all of Bach¹s music - not only is the sound distinctly French, but the movements bear French names as well.

Ton Koopman is one of the most interesting Bach performers in recent years. He is incredibly committed to performing and recording Bach’s music, and has, as a soloist, recorded all of Bach¹s keyboard and organ music, and is currently in the midst or recording all of his cantatas. This DVD presents a recording of the four Orchestral Suites in the Het Loo Palace in the Netherlands, a beautiful baroque palace with striking decoration. Each suite is performed with different forces in a different location within the palace, adding a nice touch of variety to the film.

The performances are very good - they are lively, moving, full of vigour and they get the feet tapping, something that too many performers of these works cannot achieve. All too often these suites end up sounding staid and rigid, as conductors try and fit them into a mould that is more appropriate for Mozart or Haydn symphonies. This recording is full of fine contrasts as well - the spirited bouree of the second suite is followed by a stately, rhythmic reading of the polonaise, a sensitive minuet, and an almost bouncy badinerie. (This suite is especially intimate, featuring only 7 musicians, compared with about 20 for the third and fourth suites, and a dozen for the
first.)

This is a delightful recording of the Orchestral Suites, full of energy and a true French spirit. While the camerawork is generally uninteresting – as is often the case for films of orchestral performances - the décor is attractive and the music is wonderful.

 

Orchestral Suites BWV 1066-1069: Orchestal Suites - Koopman | Orchestal Suites - Rampe


Ton Koopman: Short Biography | Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Recordings of Vocal Works:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Recordings of Instrumental Works: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
General Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Koopman’s Petition | Newsletters
Cantatas::
Koopman on TV | Cantatas Vol. 1 | Cantatas Vol. 6 | Cantatas Vol. 9 | Cantatas Vol. 10 | Cantatas Vol. 13 | Cantatas Vol. 14 | Cantatas Vol. 17 | Cantatas Vol. 22
Other Vocal Works:
BWV 244 - Koopman | BWV 247 - Koopman
Reviews of Instrumental Recordings:
Ton Koopman’s Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 | Bach Sonatas for Gamba and Harpsichord | Review: Bach Orchestral Suites DVD
Discussions of Instrumental Recordings:
Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 - played by Ton Koopman
Books:
The World of the Bach Cantatas [by C. Wolff & T. Koopman]
Article:
Bach’s Choir and Orchestra [by Ton Koopman]
Table of recordings by BWV Number


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