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Bach Concertos and Flute works

Bach, J S: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067
Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV1055
Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C minor, BWV1060
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV1047
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV1049
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050
Sheep May Safely Graze; 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
& Jesu, bleibet meine Freude arr. D. Pailthorpe

London Conchord Ensemble/Florian Uhlig (piano)
Champs Hill Records CHRCD014
[£10.75 from Presto]

These delectable recordings of 2004-2006, originally released on Quartz to approbation, come up fresh and different on this presentation.

Daniel Pailthorpe provides some arrangements, and in his note claims that these works were all originally chamber music and are well suited to one-to-a-part performance, here on modern instruments but with "the best of period instrument practice with purity of tone and economy of vibrato". That takes me back to c.1950, when as a student I organised and directed a one-to-a-part chamber concert including Bach's Suite No. 2 for flute and strings, at a time when large string forces were the norm and we didn't know about non-vibrato !

Do the Conchords play without a conductor, so it seems? The greatly admired Florian Uhlig is stylish in Brandenburg No 5 "the first ever keyboard concerto", and he provides discreet accompaniment at the piano to arrangements of Sheep may safely graze and Jesu, joy of Man's desiring, which became faous in my youth as Myra Hess's 'signature tune'.

The whole collection is recorded in fine sound in the intimate venue of Champs Hill, where they are ensemble-in-residence and will give pleasure to a range of baroque music enthusasts, including, I hope, some HIP purists?

Definitely worth adding to your Bach concertos collections.

JS Bach: Flute Works

Flute Sonata No. 1 & 3 with Julian Milford (piano)
Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV1013
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067
Daniel Pailthorpe/ London Conchord Ensemble

Champs Hill Records CHRCD031

This is less recommendable because of the two sonatas being accompanied on a modern piano; dull and nowadays sounding frankly anachronistic.

The documentation and presentation are good, and if you want your Bach traditional, you'd do better to settle for the concertos reviewed above.

Peter Grahame Woolf