European Brandenburg Ensemble | Trevor Pinnock
CD "J.S. Bach – 6 Brandenburg Concertos"

European Brandenburg Ensemble - J. S. Bach - Six Concertos 160

Gramophone Award 2008 for Baroque Instrumental

Financial Times: 5/5 Stars
FM Magazine: 5/5 Stars

AVIE Records, UK 2007
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia / Digital Natural Sound
Recorded at the City Hall in Sheffield (UK) in December 2006/January 2007
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/awards/2008/baroque-instrumental

Reviews:

  • James Inverne, Gramophone, Editor's Choice – March 2008 "The playing, with an ensemble that brings together some of the world's leading Baroque specialists, is supreme."
  • Andrew Clark, Financial Times: 5/5 Stars "It’s a revelation to find the allegros played with such brio, to hear the wind voicing in the second and forth concertos so subtly balanced and articulated, to sense Bach’s daring instead of his order and discipline. This is now my first-choice recording of the Brandenburgs."
  • Richard Lawrence, Classic FM Magazine: 5/5 Stars "Pinnock's direction from the harpsichord is a model of crispness, and the build-up to his big solo will have you cheering."
  • Daily Express: 4/5 Stars "It’s a stunning recording and the ultimate vindication of Pinnock’s interests."
  • Gary Lemco, www.audaud.com "These performances by the eponymous Brandenburg Ensemble enjoy a warm, intimate sonic patina that often reminds one of their antique antecedents."
  • Andrew O'Connor, International Record Review "This new glorious set ... can be unreservedly recommended."

Trevor Pinnock | Double-CD "J. S. Bach Partitas I-VI"

Trevor Pinnock - J. S. Bach 6 Partitas 160

Gramophone Award 2001 for Baroque Instrumental

Stereophile online: "excellent sound ... rich, warm, and resonant ..."

Hänssler / Bachakademie Stuttgart, DE 2001
Engineered and produced by Michele Gaggia / Digital Natural Sound
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramophone_Award#2001

Reviews:

  • "... The warm, full, rather resonant recording beautifully captures the rich sound of his fine instrument – a David Way copy from 1983 of a Hemsch original – as well as the detail of his playing. ..."
  • Stereophile online review: "The recorded sound is also excellent. If you speak while touching the case of a good harpsichord, you can feel it tremble, as if it were eager to sing. The sound of this set captures that feeling, being rich, warm, and resonant, without emphasizing the plucked attacks of the instrument (a 1983 re-creation by David Way of a Hemsch original). The occasional low bass notes have delicious weight, without booming, and when Pinnock uses a damped stop, the cascading notes illuminate the recording space in a most pleasing manner."
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