Kennedy Plays Bach

Kennedy Plays Bach

by Nigel Kennedy



Kennedy and the Berlin Philharmonic play Bach's violin concertos on modern instruments, but if you think this automatically implies an old-fashioned, sonically sumptuous approach, then guess again. The Berliners always sound ravishing, of course, but here they adopt a leaner, meaner style: Verve and nerve are the salient features of these interpretations. The final movement of the A Minor Concerto explodes with nervous energy, and Kennedy gives the solo line a spiky edge that would make Stravinsky smile. The first movement of the D Minor Concerto for two violins (with Daniel Strabawa) is also unusually tense and driven, with similarly bracing results. By contrast, all four slow movements have a hushed, intimate, almost reverent atmosphere. Strabawa deserves special mention for matching Kennedy's every twist and turn, and although the rich, reedy tone of oboist Albrecht Mayer (who joins Kennedy in another double concerto) sounds conspicuously luxurious in such stark surroundings, it is a marvel nonetheless. Abstract paintings by Rumen Rachev adorn the booklet and CD face, the perfect visual accompaniment to a 21st-century concept of Bach.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2001
Label: Emi Classics
UPC: 0724355709127
catalogNumber: 57091


  1. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  2. Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R
  3. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
  4. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043

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