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Classic FM's Nick Bailey loves this enthusiastic period-instrument recording by the Japanese Bach Collegium under Masaaki Suzuki.
Repertoire: Ouvertures – The Orchestral Suites
Artists: Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki
Label: BIS SACD 1431
Bach’s orchestral suites, or ‘ouvertures’, with multiple dance movements in the French style, were the precusor to the concerto. If you like period-instrument recordings, this album is a must. These Japanese musicians play with such authenticity that I can almost imagine them in 17th-century costume. Their inspiration comes from founder Masaaki Suzuki, who is currently recording Bach’s complete works for harpsichord. His enthusiasm certainly rubs off onto his musicians.