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This recording featuring Isabelle Faust and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin explores works by Johann Sebastian Bach that were, in one form or another, originally written or conceived as violin showpieces. Along with the famous Violin Concertos BWV 1041-43, a selection of of overtures, trio sonatas, and concertos now associated with other instruments, are performed here on violin as the composer intended. Hearing Faust play the famous Badinerie from the second Orchestral Suite (normally played on flute) is a reminder that the author of The Well-Tempered Clavier was also a virtuoso violinist.
Faust's tone is
both lean and exquisitely sweet, combined with consistent stylistic elegance which reaches the heights of eloquence in the slow movement of the E major Concerto.
– BBC Music Magazine
Everything here is energy, though the exuberance is of the grounded kind that never gets out of hand. The deeper delight of it all is that you can encounter subtle new aspects in the familiar works. This is a hugely enjoyable celebration of Bach – himself a violinist – which conjures not so much the strict contrapuntal and formal genius as the joyous spirit of the living man.
– Gramophone Read less
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