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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos & Orchestral Suites

Adolf Busch

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Recorded in 1935 and 1936, Adolf Busch's interpretations of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and the Orchestral Suites are important historical documents that historians should closely examine and practiced listeners ought to appreciate, though newcomers to these works should probably wait before hearing these recordings and forming an opinion. Owing to practices of the times, Busch's Bach is encumbered by a fairly deliberate and weighty approach that involves thick-sounding strings, minimal ornamentation, some plodding tempos, and a complete reliance on modern instruments, including a piano for the continuo and featuring Rudolf Serkin as piano soloist in the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. In terms of what is deemed proper Baroque performance practice today, Busch's versions are unavoidably stodgy and heavy in comparison. Compounding the problem of how these works sound to modern ears is the mono recording, which is exceptionally clear for its vintage, but bedeviled by incessant analog hiss and poor pickup of some of the parts, which seem to drop out when positioned too far from the microphone. Yet if these performances are judged within their time period, they are marvelously musical renditions with great expressiveness, texture, and style, and when they are heard in the context of some of the grotesquely exaggerated Bach recordings of the 1930s, they actually feel much closer to the aesthetics of the early music movement than they might at first seem. Since most experienced listeners have strong opinions on how these works should be played, as well as have favorite performances that none can challenge, they are free to judge Adolf Busch and the Busch Chamber Players accordingly. But no one should make these recordings their only experience of the Brandenburgs and the Orchestral Suites, especially with myriad all-digital recordings and historically informed performances available that will make first-time exploration easier and more pleasurable.
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1
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046: I. (Without tempo indication)
Busch Chamber Players
00:04:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

2
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046: II. Adagio
Busch Chamber Players
00:04:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

3
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046: III. Allegro
Busch Chamber Players
00:04:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

4
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046: IV. Menuetto - Trio I - Polacca - Trio II
Busch Chamber Players
00:08:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

5
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: I. (Without tempo indication)
Busch Chamber Players
00:05:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

6
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: II. Andante
Busch Chamber Players
00:04:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

7
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai
Busch Chamber Players
00:03:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

8
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: I. Allegro
Busch Chamber Players
00:06:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

9
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: II. Adagio - III. Allegro
00:03:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

10
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro
Busch Chamber Players
00:06:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

11
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: II. Andante
Busch Chamber Players
00:04:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

12
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: III. Presto
Busch Chamber Players
00:04:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

DISC 2

1
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
Busch Chamber Players
00:11:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

2
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso
Busch Chamber Players
00:06:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

3
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro
Busch Chamber Players
00:05:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

4
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: I. (Without tempo indication)
Busch Chamber Players
00:08:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

5
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: II. Adagio ma non tanto
Busch Chamber Players
00:07:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

6
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: III. Allegro
Busch Chamber Players
00:05:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor, MainArtist - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

7
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: I. Ouverture
Busch Chamber Players
00:06:37

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

8
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: II. Courante
Busch Chamber Players
00:01:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

9
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: III. Gavotte I alternativement - Gavotte II
00:02:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

10
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: IV. Forlane
Busch Chamber Players
00:01:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

11
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: V. Menuet I alternativement - Menuet II
00:03:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

12
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: VI. Bourrée I alternativement - Bourrée II
00:02:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

13
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: VII. Passepied I - Passepied II
00:04:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

DISC 3

1
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: I. Ouverture
Busch Chamber Players
00:07:38

Marcel Moyse, Flute - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch/Marcel Moyse, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

2
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: II. Rondeau
Busch Chamber Players
00:01:43

Marcel Moyse, Flute - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch/Marcel Moyse, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

3
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: III. Sarabande
Busch Chamber Players
00:04:06

Marcel Moyse, Flute - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch/Marcel Moyse, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

4
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: IV. Bourrée I alternativement - Bourrée II
00:02:09

Marcel Moyse, Flute - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch/Marcel Moyse, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

5
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: V. Polonaise (Lentement) - Double
00:02:27

Marcel Moyse, Flute - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch/Marcel Moyse, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

6
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: VI. Menuet
Busch Chamber Players
00:01:28

Marcel Moyse, Flute - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch/Marcel Moyse, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

7
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: VII. Badinerie
Busch Chamber Players
00:01:26

Marcel Moyse, Flute - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch/Marcel Moyse, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

8
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: I. Ouverture
Busch Chamber Players
00:07:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

9
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air
Busch Chamber Players
00:04:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

10
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: III. Gavotte I - Gavotte II
00:03:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

11
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: IV. Bourrée
Busch Chamber Players
00:01:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

12
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: V. Gigue
Busch Chamber Players
00:02:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

13
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: I. Ouverture
Busch Chamber Players
00:08:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

14
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: II. Bourrée I - Bourrée II
00:02:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

15
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: III. Gavotte
Busch Chamber Players
00:01:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

16
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: IV. Menuet I alternativement - Menuet II
00:04:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Ensemble - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

17
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069: V. Réjouissance
Busch Chamber Players
00:02:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Adolf Busch, Conductor - Busch Chamber Players, Orchestra - Busch Chamber Players/Adolf Busch, MainArtist

© 2008 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 1938 Parlophone Records Limited, Digital remastering (p) 2008 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company

Album Description

Recorded in 1935 and 1936, Adolf Busch's interpretations of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and the Orchestral Suites are important historical documents that historians should closely examine and practiced listeners ought to appreciate, though newcomers to these works should probably wait before hearing these recordings and forming an opinion. Owing to practices of the times, Busch's Bach is encumbered by a fairly deliberate and weighty approach that involves thick-sounding strings, minimal ornamentation, some plodding tempos, and a complete reliance on modern instruments, including a piano for the continuo and featuring Rudolf Serkin as piano soloist in the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. In terms of what is deemed proper Baroque performance practice today, Busch's versions are unavoidably stodgy and heavy in comparison. Compounding the problem of how these works sound to modern ears is the mono recording, which is exceptionally clear for its vintage, but bedeviled by incessant analog hiss and poor pickup of some of the parts, which seem to drop out when positioned too far from the microphone. Yet if these performances are judged within their time period, they are marvelously musical renditions with great expressiveness, texture, and style, and when they are heard in the context of some of the grotesquely exaggerated Bach recordings of the 1930s, they actually feel much closer to the aesthetics of the early music movement than they might at first seem. Since most experienced listeners have strong opinions on how these works should be played, as well as have favorite performances that none can challenge, they are free to judge Adolf Busch and the Busch Chamber Players accordingly. But no one should make these recordings their only experience of the Brandenburgs and the Orchestral Suites, especially with myriad all-digital recordings and historically informed performances available that will make first-time exploration easier and more pleasurable.
© TiVo

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