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Bach, Vivaldi: Double Concertos / Zukerman, Midori


Release Date: 02/18/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 416389   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pinchas ZukermanMidori
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are all good, stylish performances, with sometimes rich string sound set off by a very reasonably audible and usually very well-judged harpsichord contribution. Also with a good quality of recording, they can be confidently recommended to those listeners who wish simply, and entirely sensibly, to enjoy the music.

Yet it is difficult (or made difficult) to take such a detached, innocent view of what is happening if Midori's publicity has worked, and she is thought of primarily as the girl who, with two breakages in succession, needed no less than three E-strings (hitched to three different instruments) to complete a live performance, with the composer conducting, of the Bernstein Serenade. Rejecting, as being silly, the
Read more solution that she obviously used E-strings worn to near destruction when playing in public, I fancied that as an alternative she might be reverting from today's steel E to the older gut string. The fancy was supported to some extent by the quality of her tone in that register; but no: it has been definitely stated that her own E was not merely steel, but actually steel reinforced by gold-planting. So, a chance misfortune; for the accidents (which she is said to have faced up to calmly) have certainly given her name the prominence which it much more certainly deserves simply on the quality of her playing. For a 14-year-old it is stupefyingly good; indeed, in the two double violin concertos she plays with Zukerman on pretty equal terms. This is an accomplishment restricted, you might say, to only a very few 14-year-olds, girls and boys, Japanese, European, or anything else.

A final footnote for cataloguers: Vivaldi's RV522 Double Violin Concerto used to be known (in the days when at least part of Vivaldi's numbering was comprehensible!) as No. 8 of Op. 8, L'estro armonico.'

Gramophone [12/1986]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin), Midori (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1986 
Venue:  St Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 16 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin in C minor, RV 199 "Il sospetto" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1986 
Venue:  St Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Midori (Violin), Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1986 
Venue:  St Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 17 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Midori (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1986 
Venue:  St Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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