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John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, October 2017

BACH, J.S.: Brandenburg Concertos, Vol. 1 (Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Muller-Bruhl) 8.554607
BACH, J.S.: Brandenburg Concertos, Vol. 2 (Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Muller-Bruhl) 8.554608
BACH, J.S.: Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV 1066-1069 (Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Muller-Bruhl) 8.554609

Helmut Muller-Bruhl and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra observe some of the performing practices of the past with a fluent, contemporary sound.

Bach’s six Brandenburgs are notable not only for the attractiveness of their tunes but for their variety of instrumentation and diversity of style. Muller-Bruhl’s tempos for the First Brandenburg Concerto are quick but not breathless. The piece flows nicely…

Sonically, all three Naxos discs sound pretty much alike. The sonics are clear, clean, and well balanced throughout the midrange and treble. © 2017 Classical Candor Read complete review



David Vernier
ClassicsToday.com

"Helmut Müller-Brühl and his Cologne Chamber Orchestra continue their fleet-footed traversal of Bach's formidable yet familiar Brandenburg terrain (see review of Vol. I), finishing the set with Nos. 4 and 5, and completing the intelligently compiled and generous program with two concertos that Bach reworked from earlier pieces: the so-called "Triple Concerto", for flute, violin, and harpsichord, and a transposed version of the Brandenburg No. 4 with harpsichord replacing solo violin. ... orinne Chapelle's violin solo work in No. 4 is brilliant. Robert Hill keeps up the virtuoso standard with his facile harpsichord finger-work in a sizzling No. 5. ...The rarely heard Triple Concerto, with its charming slow movement (and sensitively realized interpretation) and the equally scarce F major transcription (with some impressive recorder playing) are a real bonus. It's especially useful to have both versions of Brandenburg No. 4 on the same disc. The sound is detailed and well-balanced..."





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