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In Reply to: RE: The Bach Brandenburg Concertos - Ah! Karajan! posted by Chris from Lafayette on March 11, 2017 at 10:22:19
And if you like Karajan, you really need to listen what I consider to be the ultimate in refined, elegant, precise, rich-toned, non-HIP Brandenburgs - the 1958 set of the late Jean-Francois Paillard (he does use a harpsichord, I'm afraid to say). You've already heard his work countless times, because it is Paillard's recording of the Pachelbel Canon that launched that work to the top of the classical charts.
No music I've heard is more adaptable and durable than Bach's. If it can withstand the synthesizers of Wendy Carlos, it can certainly work with Karajan and Paillard.
Spread over three LP's of course! ;-)
As we said before - the Munchinger version.
I always thought it was pretty dynamic and lively until I listened to it again recently and it seemed almost sluggish compared with modern HIP versions. Reinhard Goebel changed everything up the road in Koln.
for pre-HIP Brandenburgs, Paillard is the one for me. I put it ahead of Marriner/ASM and I Musici, both of which I also enjoy. Munchinger's St. Matthew Passion and Magnificat remain my favorites, though.
AFAIR, many of the famous French soloists on Paillard's Erato recording also appeared on the Scherchen Paris recording too!
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