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Philippe Venturini
Le Monde de la Musique, March 2000


Philippe Venturini
Le Monde de la Musique, March 2000

We welcome Müller-Brühl’s limpid and straightforward conducting, the pulse of the continuo, the lively spirit and spontaneous tone of these concertos. Without disrupting the discography, this ‘historically informed’ (as the Anglo-Saxons say) but traditional recording offers very solid and always convincing interpretations.



Sylvain Gasser
Repertoire, March 2000


Sylvain Gasser
Repertoire, March 2000

For those who wish to know and own the complete works for orchestra of Johann Sebastian, this box set is a must and constitutes one of the first great surprises of the Bach year. Here one finds a true complete works, with original works and the transcriptions (for oboe and violin, originally with harpsichord). The Cologne Chamber Orchestra plays with enthusiasm under the refined and energetic direction of Helmut Müller-Brühl. Formed from musicians who are also members of other orchestral ensembles in the Rhenish capital (and they are legion!) this orchestra revives the daring, virtuoso and light-hearted features of these scores.

The soloists also draw one’s attention. [Christian Hommel] shows great intelligence in the subtle manner with which he binds the melodic elements of a phrase, connecting the rhythmic modulations to convey an urgency. In the same way, the violinist Kolja Blacher offers us concertos full of imagination, liveliness and tone.

This elegant box set is recommended to all beginning collectors and to all of those who do not restrict their listening only to ‘historical’ Bach.




Diapason
Diapason, February 2000

The instrumentalists are impeccable and will please those who prefer a modern reading. Several of the soloists lend real credibility to this box set, such as the excellent harpsichordist Robert Hill, whose playing is never stiff and who knows how to ornament with brilliance and how to vary his rhythmic approach. His verve in the 5th Brandenburg Concerto reminds us that he was formerly the partner of Goebel in a memorable collection of the violin sonatas. ... In short, all is done with much taste and for a very attractive price.



Diapason
Diapason, February 2000





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