- Concerto for 2 harpsichords, strings & continuo in C minor, BWV 1060
- Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
- Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053
- Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042
Adventurous Russian player Viktoria Mullova is one of the mainstream violinists who has engaged most persistently with the historical performance movement. She has recorded Bach before, but this release of Bach concertos with Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina ensemble might be called state of the art. Mullova uses Baroque bows and gut strings, and, most importantly, Dantone approaches the status of full collaborator. He contributes arrangements of the "Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra in E major, BWV 1053," and "Concerto for two harpsichords and orchestra in C minor, BWV 1060," into a violin concerto and a violin-and-harpsichord concerto, respectively, and these are valuable additions to the repertory that Bach himself would in all likelihood have sanctioned. The violin is beautifully deployed in the new versions, and the interplay of Mullova and Dantone in the slow movement of "BWV 1060" is magical. Mullova has a straightforward approach with a rich, one might say patrician tone, and the entire program has a muscular sweep. People who have been playing in this style for longer (Rachel Podger comes to mind) bring some subtleties that you won't hear here, but these are strong historical-performance Bach recordings, well-engineered in a small Italian hall that suits the music.
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