J S Bach, Handel - Masters Of The Baroque

Tuesday 1st June 1993
J S Bach, Handel - Masters Of The Baroque

STYLE: Classical
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 22267-
LABEL: Word 2023
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Dave Massey

It is interesting to note that on the whole Word have resisted the temptation to include recordings by orchestras using period instruments, and argument is still raging about whether it is kosher to do so or whether it is pointless trying to recapture a past sound that can only be guessed at. Whatever, there are the usual goodies here - many duplicated on the Family Classics collection, from Handel's "Messiah" and "Water Music" to Bach's "Air On A G String" and "Toccata And Fugue In D Minor]'. I was indifferent to most of the offerings on the compilation up to the "Allegro Assai" from Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 2, played here by the Bamberg Philharmonic which was, incidentally, on period instruments and probably says more about my preferences than the quality of the recordings. Still, despite best attempts at impartiality I can't work up any enthusiasm for this compilation.

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