J. Brian Watkins | San Dimas, CA United States | 01/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bach wrote such sublime music that it translates to just about any kind of interpretation. Often, however, someone overreaches and tries something like doing the St. Matthew Passion on harmonica or duplicating a Brandenburg on a piano with only two hands. Hence, I approach nontraditional arrangements with caution.
However, in this DVD the German Brass carry off an absolutely virtuoso performance. They perform compelling arrangements of several familiar works and do it in front of a live audience at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. This is the kind of solid popular Bach that would make this DVD an inspiring gift to a Bach novice or a student of any brass instrument.
They do not force the music. The playing is absolutely flawless and with such perfect ornamentations that I believe the master would be pleased; these artists truly understand the music. The arrangements respect the originals and provide what was to me a surprising depth and range from only brass instruments.
All too often the DVD versions of the great works are OK but are eclipsed by audio recordings--however, this DVD should be in every library, it is really that good.
Incomparable brass playing
Clair L. Socci | Coopersburg, PA United States | 03/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There really are no words to describe this scintillating performance of some of Bach's greatest works.
I've been playing trombone for 15 years now (professionally for about 3) and all I can say is they take musicianship to another level. This performance my not be flawless but to my knowledges it's about as close to perfect as mortals can get. If playing like this is found in heaven I think we have a very enjoyable afterlife in stored for us.
This LIVE performance may be heard in PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1. I definitely recommend this for any Bach lover and absolutely urge any brass student or professional to own a copy.
They will not disappoint!"