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Bach Violin Double Concerto recs?

Posted on April 20, 2000 at 10:15:40

There are a lot of famous people on big labels for this one (BWV1043). I am guessing that many, if not most, put a pretty lush romantic stylization on it to impress with their technique.

Anybody do a really good Baroque version (and no, I do not mean original-instrument/scratchy-wire version)?


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False phrasing is also possible on gut strings, posted on April 20, 2000 at 10:24:38

Herman Krebbers/ Theo Olof/ Amsterdams Kamerorkest/ Andre Rieu sr.

I've got it on vinyl, but you could try. Both were leaders of the Concertgebouworkest.



What about Bach by the pundits??, posted on April 20, 2000 at 11:42:29

Maybe I should have asked, who do you go to for recommended recordings of Bach, or other earlier-than-Mahler recordings?

I like Svjeda's book but he admits he is weak in Baroque. Grammophone and Penguin seem irratic. At least Penguin recognized that Marriner produced some good stuff and some crap. But they think Pinnock, Gardiner and Hogwood are the same person . . .


Re: False phrasing is also possible on gut strings, posted on April 20, 2000 at 12:02:38

You have a very good point, unfortunately.

I found Grimaux and Krebbers on a Philips CD but not the one you mention. Thanks.


Found a great one!, posted on April 20, 2000 at 15:59:43

Found recommendations on and I immediately bought the Virgin Classics set by Wallfisch and the Orch. of the Age of Enlightenment. Man, with a name like that I would never have touched it!
Best Bach I have heard in years!!!! I may not listen to anything else for days. Just can't tell you what spirit, technique and passion there is in the playing of this, some of Bach's very very greatest stuff! If you have more than a passing interest in Bach you gotta getit.


Re: Found a great one!, posted on April 20, 2000 at 22:33:31

I haven't heard it, but that one is on period instruments, right? I take it that it's not too screechy. I'm glad you found something you like because I was drawing a blank in coming up with something on modern instruments but played in "authentic" style. I have a few recordings of the double violin concerto, but none really seemed to be what you were searching for.


Yes, and no., posted on April 21, 2000 at 13:12:57

Period instruments, yes, and screechy no. The concerted instruments are obviously not weighty but the sound is very good and smoothly performed. The violins are very warm sounding and just plain gorgeous. The artistry is so excited and alive, it just puts all the other Bach instrumental recordings I have to shame. The technique is breathless at times, and maybe someone would complain about that but I am in awe of the talent. Great fun for $10 (2 CDs). It'll be a while before I get back to listening to Mahler . . .


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