Switched-On Brandenburgs

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Switched-On Brandenburgs
Studio album by Wendy Carlos
Released 1979
Recorded 1968–1979
Genre Electronic music
Length 122:34
Label Columbia
Producer Rachel Elkind
Wendy Carlos chronology
By Request
(1975)
Switched-On Brandenburgs
(1979)
The Shining: Score Selections (soundtrack)
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
jsbach.org link

Switched-On Brandenburgs is a 1979 double album by Wendy Carlos. It was the seventh album released by Carlos, and the fourth album in her project of classical music which also included Switched-On Bach (1968), The Well-Tempered Synthesizer (1969), Switched-On Bach II (1974), and Switched-On Bach 2000 (1992).

Switched-On Brandenburgs is a collection of all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos performed by Carlos on her Moog modular synthesizer. Concerti #1, (most of) #2, and #6 were recorded specifically for the album. Concerti #3, #4, and #5 had been previously released on Switched-On Bach, The Well-Tempered Synthesizer, and Switched-On Bach II respectively (though the second movement of #3 was re-recorded for this release). The first movement of the Second Concerto had been recorded for the album By Request, released in 1975, however an updated mix is on this album.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Brandenburg Concerto # 1 in F Major: Allegro"
  2. "Brandenburg Concerto # 1 in F Major: Adagio"
  3. "Brandenburg Concerto # 1 in F Major: Allegro"
  4. "Brandenburg Concerto # 1 in F Major: Menuet/Trio I/Polocca/Trio II"
  5. "Brandenburg Concerto # 2 in F Major: Allegro"
  6. "Brandenburg Concerto # 2 in F Major: Andante"
  7. "Brandenburg Concerto # 2 in F Major: Allegro Assai"
  8. "Brandenburg Concerto # 3 in G Major: Allegro"
  9. "Brandenburg Concerto # 3 in G Major: Adagio" (see note)
  10. "Brandenburg Concerto # 3 in G Major: Allegro"

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Brandenburg Concerto # 4 in G Major: Allegro"
  2. "Brandenburg Concerto # 4 in G Major: Andante"
  3. "Brandenburg Concerto # 4 in G Major: Presto"
  4. "Brandenburg Concerto # 5 in D Major: Allegro"
  5. "Brandenburg Concerto # 5 in D Major: Affettuoso"
  6. "Brandenburg Concerto # 5 in D Major: Allegro"
  7. "Brandenburg Concerto # 6 in B-Flat Major: Allegro"
  8. "Brandenburg Concerto # 6 in B-Flat Major: Adagio Ma Non Tanto"
  9. "Brandenburg Concerto # 6 in B-Flat Major: Allegro"
  • Note: the Adagio of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is Carlos' own composition. J.S. Bach provided only a Phrygian cadence consisting of two chords (A minor and B) between the two movements in G major. The version on this album was composed and recorded in 1979 and differs from the 1968 track used for Switched-On Bach.