Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Made a nice score from Berkshire Record Outlet, 2CD sets $7.99 each:
Goodman/Hyperion Brandenburg 1-6
Goodman/Hyperion Orchestral Suites 1-4
Also Tyson planted seed in my impressionable mind, result of which is I have ordered:
IGA/Elektra Brandenburg 1-6 (Giovanni Antonini)
These get added to the Brandenburg collection:
I have the Brandenburg Consort's Brandenburg Concertos too, but do not rank them has highly as some others. The Lamon/Sony should be heard for the 5th concerto which has a formidable harpsichordist in Charlotte Nediger. That's probably one of the best 5ths I've heard. I rank it along side of Hantaï's work with Jordi Savall. Hantaï's work is faster and more flourishing, but her phrasing is just so good and her grasp of the architecture of the long cadenza so complete that it's become a reference for me.
The IGA Brandenburgs are very roughly played and the sound quality is quite harsh. If you are interested in that style of interpretation, both the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin and the Concerto Italiano (Alessandrini) recordings do it much better.
The Pinnock is also reference for the concertos, if a bit dry. The set also includes the Orchestral suites as well which are also done very well.
For the Goebel, did you just get the B/Cs alone or in the box set? The box set was very well priced when I bought it at Amazon. Musica Antiqua Köln Brandenburgs are quite good and competitive with the best.
Next on your list should be the Cafe Zimmermann recordings "Concerts avec Plusieurs Instruments" volumes 1 and 2 which include one of the Brandenburg's in each volume. I think they will come out with more recordings until they have all of the B/Cs on disc. I find it interesting that they have chosen not to record then as a stand alone set, but rather as individual pieces that they fit into the context of Bach's other compositions. It really makes you hear the pieces differently.