Bach: Violin Concertos

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Only months after Deutsche Grammophon released Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording of Bach's violin concertos, Decca released Julia Fischer's recording of the same pieces. The similarities between the two discs run deeper than merely their shared repertoire. Both labels are branches of Universal Music Group and both violinists are individualistic German women, though Mutter is currently at the peak of her career while Fischer is just a bit past starting out. The differences, however, are likewise remarkable. The Deutsche Grammophon disc includes the world premiere of a new work by Sofia Gubaidulina dedicated to the violinist, while the Decca disc includes the more conventional...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Only months after Deutsche Grammophon released Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording of Bach's violin concertos, Decca released Julia Fischer's recording of the same pieces. The similarities between the two discs run deeper than merely their shared repertoire. Both labels are branches of Universal Music Group and both violinists are individualistic German women, though Mutter is currently at the peak of her career while Fischer is just a bit past starting out. The differences, however, are likewise remarkable. The Deutsche Grammophon disc includes the world premiere of a new work by Sofia Gubaidulina dedicated to the violinist, while the Decca disc includes the more conventional coupling of Bach's "Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060." But, of course, the most striking difference between the discs is Mutter and Fischer's very different performance styles. Mutter's approach to Bach, like her approach to everything, is wholly modern with plenty of vibrato, portimento, and glissando, plus a very flexible sense of tempo rubato, particularly in the cadenzas. Fischer's approach to Bach is also essentially modern but tempered by historically informed performance practice, that is, with vibrato used only at the top of swells, few traces of portimento or glissando, and a tighter sense of tempo plus a stronger feeling for rhythm. Furthermore, while Mutter's attack is firmer, her tone more commanding, and her phrasing more sculptured, Fischer's attacks are smoother, her tone more insinuating, and her phrasing more seductive. Both players' interpretations are highly expressive, though Mutter's tends toward the overtly dramatic, while Fischer's leans toward the intimately lyrical. In the end, it's as hard to imagine Mutter's fans taking to Fischer's disc as it is Fischer's fans taking to Mutter's disc. Longtime listeners may want to sample both and may ultimately end up heading back to Arthur Grumiaux's 1978 recording for a purer but no less expressive set of performances. It should be noted that Fischer is accompanied by the now conductorless Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, which proves no less excellent an ensemble for that deficit, and that Decca's digital sound is more discrete but no less present than Deutsche Grammophon's.
The Times (U.K.) - Geoff Brown
The fast movements are propelled with a lithe, graceful spirit. And the Academy, led by Fischer, prove great dancing partners, especially winning in the finale to BWV 1041.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947806509
  • Catalog Number: 001249002
  • Sales rank: 29,283

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (14:49)
  2. 4–6 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (13:24)
  3. 7–9 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (16:29)
  4. 10–12 Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (14:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julia Fischer Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amazing

    Julia Fischer is Awesome.
    Her technique is flawless.Her tone exquisite.Her command of the rhythmic tempos truly a delight!
    The accompanying musicians are phenomenal!!
    A great interpreter of Bach Concertos.
    I bought this Cd on sale, but now it is being offered at an even lower price.I hope anyone wanting to listen to Bach concertos picks this up.It is worth every penny and more.
    It is worth more than it's 5 star rating!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb Performances

    Do not miss this recording if you love Bach, and do not miss her performances in New York next year (Spring of 2010) at Carnegie Hall. She is a superb violinist with maturity far beyond her years.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great Bach concertos

    This CD got my attention as it was being played in the Barnes and Noble, whileI was perusing. I enjoy it in my car but I consider it backround music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    outstanding

    i thoroughly enjoy this cd, am happy with my purchase, and recommend this to anyone who enjoys this wonderful music

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A classic to add to your classical collection!

    An outstanding album. After listening to Julia Fischer's amazing performance, one can definitely appreciate Bach's outstanding genius as a writer and musician. Musical poetry to the ears! Serve it up with an early cup of coffee or prelude to bed time. Beautiful all day long. Oh, don't forget to stuff this CD in your pocket before taking a drive.
    You'll certainly want to play it in the car. My kids love it!

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