Blogging Pachelbel #9 — Vienna Baroque Ensemble

This appears to me to be a recording in search of a reason for being. That is, the results seem to me to suggest that the performers said to themselves “There are so many recordings of this piece already — how can we make ours stand out?” They appear to have concluded that the appropriate response was to completely forego the use of legato.

The bass is pizzicato. There seem to be no slurred notes. Every beat is banged hard, but the notes are all short.

The recording as it exists in the downloaded MP3 appears to be truncated, as it picks up with m. 9.

There is really no reason for this recording to exist.