When it comes to Baroque works, the Brandenburgs are about as famous as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. While there are plenty of recordings around performed by modern symphonies, I prefer them on original instruments. One of the first to record these works with instruments Bach would have had in his day are Trevor Pinnock and the English Consort. Their recording from the early 80’s on Archiv still holds up remarkably well, and really has only been surpassed by Pinnock’s new recording with the European Brandenburg Ensemble from 2010.
The Archiv recordings come in 2 separate CDs, but it is a better buy to get the 3 CD set with the four Orchestral Suites from the same time period. If you are interested in getting the Harpsichord and Violin Concertos too, these are in an 8 CD Archiv Box Set.