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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano|Bach: Ouvertures for Orchestra

Bach: Ouvertures for Orchestra

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano

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Johann Sebastian Bach’s four Overtures (or Orchestral Suites) remain somewhat of a mystery as the exact date and circumstances of their composition is still unknown. Just like his Brandenburg Concertos, they are intended for a variable number of musicians and all four of them consist of a dance suite preceded by a three-part opening movement, in the middle of which is a brilliantly fast and skilful fugal section.
The music in this double-disc album by Rinaldo Alessandrini is twice as exciting as it also explores the Overtures composed by two cousins of Johann Sebastian, namely Johann Bernhard (1676-1749) and Johann Ludwig (1677-1731). He held their music in such high esteem that he even played it during the Leipzig Collegia Musica’s concert in Gottfried Zimmermann’s café, where a weekly concert took place with either himself or Telemann conducting, although it was later destroyed during air-raids. Indeed, their music was remarkable and it certainly shouldn’t be overshadowed in light of the success of their younger cousin.
When JS Bach composed these Overtures, it would seem that he was influenced by French music given that a didactic work entitled Musical Composition according to the French method was published in Germany in 1682 outlining an overture that precedes a series of dance suites. This particular style of composition would later become symbolic of the “alla francese” style that was soon adopted by musicians all across Europe. A most welcome album where music and didactics go hand-in-hand. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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1
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: I. Ouverture
00:09:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

2
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air
00:03:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

3
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: III. Gavottes
00:04:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

4
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: V. Bourrée
00:01:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

5
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: VI. Gigue
00:02:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

6
Ouverture-Suite in E Minor: I. Ouverture. Allegro
00:06:49

Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Johann Bernhard Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

7
Ouverture-Suite in E Minor: II. Air I
00:02:56

Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Johann Bernhard Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

8
Ouverture-Suite in E Minor: III. Les plaisirs. vitement
00:01:24

Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Johann Bernhard Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

9
Ouverture-Suite in E Minor: IV. Menuets
00:02:17

Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Johann Bernhard Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

10
Ouverture-Suite in E Minor: V. Air II
00:02:06

Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Johann Bernhard Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

11
Ouverture-Suite in E Minor: VI. Rigaudons
00:02:48

Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Johann Bernhard Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

12
Ouverture-Suite in E Minor: VII. Courante
00:01:53

Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Johann Bernhard Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

13
Ouverture-Suite in E Minor: VIII. Gavotte en rondeaux
00:01:14

Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Johann Bernhard Bach, Composer - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

14
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: I. Ouverture
00:10:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

15
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: II. Courante
00:02:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

16
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: III. Gavottes
00:03:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

17
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: IV. Forlane
00:01:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

18
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: V. Menuets
00:02:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

19
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: VI. Bourrées
00:02:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

20
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: VII. Passepieds
00:02:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

DISC 2

1
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: I. Ouverture
00:12:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

2
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: II. Bourréess
00:03:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

3
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: IV. Gavottes
00:01:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

4
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: V. Menuets
00:04:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

5
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: VII. Réjouissance
00:02:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

6
Ouverture in G Major: I. Ouverture
00:05:14

Johann Ludwig Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

7
Ouverture in G Major: II. Air I
00:01:21

Johann Ludwig Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

8
Ouverture in G Major: III. Menuet
00:01:15

Johann Ludwig Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

9
Ouverture in G Major: IV. Gavotte
00:01:14

Johann Ludwig Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

10
Ouverture in G Major: V. Air II
00:02:40

Johann Ludwig Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

11
Ouverture in G Major: VI. Bourrée
00:00:51

Johann Ludwig Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

12
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: I. Ouverture
00:11:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

13
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: II. Rondeau
00:01:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

14
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: III. Sarabande
00:02:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

15
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: IV. Bourrées
00:02:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

16
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: V. Polonaise - Double
00:04:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

17
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: VI. Menuet
00:00:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

18
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: VII. Badinerie
00:01:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Concerto Italiano, Orchestra, Artist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Artist, Soloist - Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, MainArtist

2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group 2019 Naïve, a Label of Believe Group

Album Description

Johann Sebastian Bach’s four Overtures (or Orchestral Suites) remain somewhat of a mystery as the exact date and circumstances of their composition is still unknown. Just like his Brandenburg Concertos, they are intended for a variable number of musicians and all four of them consist of a dance suite preceded by a three-part opening movement, in the middle of which is a brilliantly fast and skilful fugal section.
The music in this double-disc album by Rinaldo Alessandrini is twice as exciting as it also explores the Overtures composed by two cousins of Johann Sebastian, namely Johann Bernhard (1676-1749) and Johann Ludwig (1677-1731). He held their music in such high esteem that he even played it during the Leipzig Collegia Musica’s concert in Gottfried Zimmermann’s café, where a weekly concert took place with either himself or Telemann conducting, although it was later destroyed during air-raids. Indeed, their music was remarkable and it certainly shouldn’t be overshadowed in light of the success of their younger cousin.
When JS Bach composed these Overtures, it would seem that he was influenced by French music given that a didactic work entitled Musical Composition according to the French method was published in Germany in 1682 outlining an overture that precedes a series of dance suites. This particular style of composition would later become symbolic of the “alla francese” style that was soon adopted by musicians all across Europe. A most welcome album where music and didactics go hand-in-hand. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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