Bach: Concertos

Bach: Concertos

by Janine JansenJanine Jansen


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A star of Janine Jansen's status and influence could have a major orchestra accompany her in Bach's violin concertos, but she chooses instead to keep her hand-picked ensemble small and intimate, and enjoys the camaraderie of a chamber group. Indeed, the assembly of friends who join Jansen in the "Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042"; "Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041"; and "Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060," number no more than 12 players, and includes her brother Maarten Jansen on cello and her father, Jan Jansen, on harpsichord, as well as her touring colleague, oboist Ramón Ortega Quero. Such familiarity yields music of considerable verve and spontaneity, and wherever Jansen leads her musicians, they are quick to follow. Jansen's tempos are brisk and her energy buoys the music in the Allegros, and she keeps the pulse moving forward in the slow movements. She also maintains a propulsive feeling in her performances of the sonatas for harpsichord and violin, "BWV 1016" and "1017," and if the intimacy of chamber music was implied in the concertos, the communication between Jansen and her father is open and direct here. Jansen offers a personally expressive and richly colored tone, and though she doesn't attempt to play in period style, the gorgeous sonorities she draws from her Stradivari are well worth the trade-off. Decca's recording is clean and vibrant, with enough background resonance to give the music a sense of space.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947853626
catalogNumber: 001930102
Rank: 151142


  1. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
  2. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016
  3. Concerto for 2 harpsichords, strings & continuo in C minor, BWV 1060
  4. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
  5. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042

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