Bach: Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-1043; Concerto for 3 violins, BWV 1064R

Bach: Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-1043; Concerto for 3 violins, BWV 1064R

by Freiburger Barockorchester

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Bach: Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-1043; Concerto for 3 violins, BWV 1064R

Recordings of Bach's violin concertos are not in short supply, but this one, nicely recorded at a small hall in the home city of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, is unusually satisfying. It does not exactly break new ground, but it improves on several existing ideas and puts them together into a nifty package. First of all is the program itself. The Freiburgers and their leader/violinists, Petra Müllejans and Gottfried von der Goltz (joined here by Anna-Katharina Schreiber), offer by way of conclusion the "Concerto for three violins and orchestra, BWV 1064R," a lost work reconstructed from a later version for harpsichord. This isn't terribly often recorded, and it makes a rousing finale to the lively readings that have come before. The soloists have a distinctive ensemble feel, seeming by way of numerous small details of phrasing to react to one another and to the orchestra with uncommon individuality. The orchestra itself plays period instruments, and it has a nice combination of gutsiness (so to speak) and sheen. Harmonia Mundi's engineering at Freiburg's Paulussaal captures all this in faithful detail, adding one more item to a long list of reasons to choose this release.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2013
Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC: 3149020214527
catalogNumber: 902145
Rank: 61118

Tracks

  1. Concerto for 3 violins, strings & continuo in D major (reconstruction), BWV 1064R
  2. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
  3. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  4. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043

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