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After their superlative recording of Bach’s Orchestral Suites two years ago, it was only a matter of time before the Freiburgers turned to the Brandenburg Concertos, and again they come up trumps, with performances blending tradition and historicity, ensemble virtues and solo virtuosity.
As someone reared on the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra’s 1958 Decca version under Karl Münchinger, I warmed immediately to the Freiburgers’ engagement with the music’s breadth and scale, refusing to squash it in a breathless blaze of “period” mannerisms. But they bring a clarity of articulation and rhythmic verve that tops that of their distinguished predecessors: you feel the zing of jubilant repartee as multi-layered lines are traded and interwoven within this conductor-less ensemble. That’s authenticity.
(Harmonia Mundi), 2 CDs
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