Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6
Hamburg Chamber Orchestra, Harry Newstone (conductor)
HTGCD 195/6 – 5060332661787
Harry Newstone, one of the first and best ‘scholar conductors’, recorded his famous set of Brandenburg Concertos with the Hamburg Chamber Orchestra for the SAGA label in 1959. Long seen as highly stylised, particularly with the back drop of performances from the ‘historically informed’ movement, they were, in effect, thoughtful, erudite renditions which introduced a generation of Baroque enthusiasts to these wonderful works. The recordings were so successful that they appeared at the top of the SAGA bestseller list for years. But a CD version has never been available. Heritage has joined forces with KlassicHaus in the US to produce excellent transfers of these classic performances. Informative and engaging notes are provided by Tully Potter.
1-3 No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046; 2-6 No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047; 3-9 No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
1-3 No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049; 4-6 No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050; 5-9 No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
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‘For those interested in the development of performance practice there is both pleasure and instruction to be had from this set.’
Stephen Barber, MusicWeb International
Gramophone Editor’s Choice, August 2017
‘As Heritage Records now proves, these characterful Newstone recordings… revisited high standards that had not been heard since the pre-War versions… the sound comes up remarkably well… a valuable release with excellent notes by Tully Potter.’
Rob Cowan, Gramophone, August 2017
‘A significant set, Harry Newstone’s early stereo Brandenburg Concertos get a deserved re-release.’
Martin Cullingford, Gramophone, August 2017
‘It’s good news that Heritage has selected this set for reissue, with fine vinyl transfers by John Whitmore and digital restoration courtesy of Curt Timmons… The recordings stand up to scrutiny very well. This is buoyant and resilient playing with excellent solo contributions from a raft of distinguished players… Newstone was an important figure of the time and he has retained a niche place in collectors’ hearts. Discs like this twofer explain why that is.’
Jonathon Woolf, MusicWeb International, June 2017