Water Scenes Opus 13 (4) Ethelbert Nevin Download 'Water Scenes Opus 13 (4)' on iTunes
the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr bring enough distinguishing features to make this Brandenburg a worthy listen
Repertoire: Brandenburg Concertos
Artists: Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr
Label: Harmonia Mundi HMU 807461.62
Some might shrug dismissively at the thought of yet another Brandenburg disc, but distinguishing features and a fresh-sounding performance make this worthy of a listen. Egarr’s approach is a happy mix of ‘authentic’ and personal gratification. The one-to-a-part period instruments are tuned to the slightly lower ‘French’ Baroque pitch and much thought has gone into their positioning. Less authentic are a theorbo and a guitar joining the accompanying harpsichord. The result emphasises the work’s chamber aspect, with vibrant dialogue between the contrasting instrumental families, and the swelled accompaniment generating a warm backdrop.