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Bach, Vivaldi: Double Concertos / Zukerman, Midori

Bach / Vivaldi / Midori / St Paul Chamber Orch
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802078  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Pinchas ZukermanMidori
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This apparently was the 14-year-old Midori’s first commercial recording (1986), and there’s no questioning her capability, both musical and technical, to present these pieces—she’s the soloist on the Bach E major and plays with Zukerman on the duo concertos—with the stylistic aplomb and mastery that we would expect of anyone who attempts to perform these repertoire mainstays on the world stage. Her youth makes no difference, unless it’s what sparks such buoyant energy and lovely, singing tone. And at least in this music she’s an equal partner to Zukerman, who gets a chance to show his stuff in the Vivaldi C minor concerto. Although these days Midori’s activities aren’t grabbing the headlines of old—she’s no longer found among the “most Read more popular performers” in a search at Arkivmusic—it’s great to have this extraordinary document of her artistry back in the catalog. The orchestra sound is suitably vibrant, the playing finely articulate and detailed, all well balanced with the soloists.Definitely recommended.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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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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