Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bach's Brandenburg

While digging around on youtube today, I discovered that there are a number of beautiful arrangements of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos for brass ensembles.  These concertos are known for their complexity of the individual parts, thus an all brass arrangement is certainly a challenge to the players. 

The first example of one such arrangements is of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - Mvt. 1.  This live recording was performed by the Resonance Brass Choir in 2013.

Probably my favorite recording of this piece in a brass ensemble is from the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble, on their album Music of the Courts of Europe.

The German Brass also have an excellent arrangement by Enrique Crespo, which is perhaps the truest to the original orchestral sound.  Their recording of this arrangement is featured on their 2010 album, Bach on Brass

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