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Naxos Bach Edition 2 - Bach: Violin Concertos / Müller-brühl


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554603   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kolja BlacherLisa StewartChristine Pichlmeier
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach's three surviving violin concertos--the A minor, E major, and D minor ("double")--have long enjoyed standard repertoire status, and their continued popularity with audiences has made them fair game for almost every violinist of note with a recording contract. Fortunately for listeners, these works generally have been treated extremely well and the catalog consistently offers numerous fine performances, on both period and modern instruments. These new performances, featuring three outstanding young violinists, are part of Naxos' ongoing traversal of the "complete orchestral works of Bach", and they easily hold their own among the far more illustrious competition. Kolja Blacher, who performs the solo concertos, is a Read more brilliant and commanding presence who makes Bach's not-to-be-taken-lightly lines really sing and dance and occasionally spark. His colleagues, Christine Pichlmeier and Lisa Stewart, deliver a D minor "double concerto" that's both agile and lyrical. The interplay is a real dialogue, especially rich through the second movement suspensions and dissonances, and especially exciting in the stretto-filled third movement.


Most Bach violin recordings fill out the program with one of the harpsichord concerto reconstructions--that is, a piece that modern scholarship suggests originally was a violin concerto but that Bach later reworked and for which the violin original is now lost. Here we get the D minor concerto BWV 1052, a famous harpsichord piece that is rarely performed in this version, and that in the hands of Blacher and his Cologne partners sounds every bit like it belongs with the rest of Bach's violin masterpieces.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kolja Blacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kolja Blacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lisa Stewart (Violin), Christine Pichlmeier (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kolja Blacher (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  German Radio Studios, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a Reconstruction of J.S. Bach's Concerto for Harpsichord
in D minor, BWV 1052. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assai
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: III. Allegro assai
Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: III. Allegro

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