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  BIS-SACD-1431/32 (2 discs)
  Bach: Overtures - Suzuki
  Bach: Overtures (Orchestral Suites) Nos. 1-4

Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by mwagner1962 January 1, 2006 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
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Well, I have been reading some "stuff" on Suzuki's Bach performances, but did not pay all that much attention....until I saw this SACD sitting on the shelf at my local store. I thought long and hard, since I already owned the totally stunning Boston Baroque/Perlman Bach Overtures (Telarc SACD-60619)....

Since I had a $20 credit I decided to take a walk on the wild side and buy it as I would be able to compare two orchestras playing the same music on period instruments....both on SACD!!!

Needless to say, I was totally blown away by this BIS SACD. There is air, space, dimension, warmth, emotion, sound the BUCKETFUL!!!!! I too am not qualified to "professionally" comment on Suzuki's interpretations, but there is as much emotion in Suzuki's reading here on this SACD as there is in Perlman' in my humble opinion, Suzuki scores high points in my book. I like the pacing and flow here as much as I do on my Telarc.

I do not have any strong aversion to period performances on the orchestral music of Bach, though I still look forward to a future SACD of this music on current instruments for a simple comparison.

Will I keep both SACD recordings?? You betcha!!! Would I recommend both to folks??? Once again, you betcha!!!!


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Review by tubadanm January 9, 2009 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I bought this SACD by accident... I had a gift certificate that was burning a hole in my pocket. I already owned the suites performed by the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood, but I had never really gotten into them. I bought this on impulse because it had gotten such good reviews and I didn't yet own any of the CMJ recordings. Well, I wasn't let down. The sound is crystal clear. I've only been listening in stereo for now, but it sounds like I'm sitting right beside everyone. The trumpets are clean and articulate and they resonate so beautifully. The flute soloist is delicate but spot on. The upper strings sound nearly like a single violin, the tuning is so good. The tempos chosen don't let the pieces drag at all, but aren't speedy. Everything is just right about this recording. I'm glad that it is my introduction to Suzuki and the CMJ.

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Works: 4  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069