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Complete Orchestral Works Vol.

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  • Composer: Bach J.S.
  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B000046Q2J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro Assai
4. Allegro
5. Adagio
6. Allegro Assai
7. Allegro
8. Adagio
9. Allegro
10. Vivace
11. Largo Ma Non Tanto
12. Allegro

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Bach composed several violin concertos, but only three of them survive in that form-the ones designated BWV 1041-43 (BWV, in case you're curious, stands for Bachs-Werke-Verzeichnis, or catalog of Bach's works). All of the rest of them got turned into harpsichord concertos at one time or another, and the originals were lost in the process. It is usually perfectly possible (and legitimate) to restore the violin originals from the keyboard versions, and the result here is a fourth violin concerto that sounds perfectly happy in its new dress. In fact, all of the performances are highly musical and technically quite polished. --David Hurwitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Splendid Bach concertos by Tafelmusik Oct. 26 2007
By Michael Birman - Published on
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The two Concerti for Solo Violin BWV 1041-1042 were long thought to have been composed at Cothen between 1717-1723, when Bach was Kapellmeister to Prince Leopold. After all, this is the era in which the Brandenburg Concertos were created, early in Bach's career. There are some stylistic similarities but no mention of them was made in C.P.E. Bach's obituary of his father, nor in Forkel's 1802 biography of Bach, the first one published. Not even Philipp Spitta, the great 19th Century Bach scholar, could provide evidence of their composition date, though he's the source of the Cothen conjecture. Recently, Christoph Wolff, the noted Bach scholar, has argued for a rather later composition date for at least two of the concertos, suggesting they were composed around 1730 when Bach was Kantor at Leipzig. This coincides with when Bach directed the Collegium musicum at the coffee-house of Gottfried Zimmermann. Students, amateurs and the odd professional would gather inside during the Winter or outside in the garden during the warmer months and play both vocal and instrumental pieces. Bach's music was much in demand, especially his concertos. It is one of the great tragedies in music history that fully half of Bach's instrumental music, much of it dating from this period, is lost. The composition date of the violin concertos will probably remain a matter for conjecture.

These three concertos are some of Bach's most lyrical writing, not too difficult to play or to listen to, hence immensely popular. Jeanne Lamon plays the violin in the two solo concertos with great suppleness. The period instrument Tafelmusik accompany her with sensitivity and grace, making these performances some of my favorites. There is a warmth and expressiveness rarely found in any performance, regardless of provenance. Lamon's Santo Serafin c.1730 violin sings with a limpid legato, voice-like, never harsh, always lyrical. If you've been bothered by the sound of period instruments, listen here to what beauty can be produced by historically informed artistry. The rest of Tafelmusik are equally expert.

David Greenberg joins Lamon for the Two Violin Concerto BWV 1043. It is another splendid performance, the two intertwined violins weaving around each other with ease and suppleness. The final concerto on this disc is the Concerto for Three Harpsichords BWV 1064, reworked for three violins. Despite some structural weaknesses, this performance is excellent. There are some truly splendid passages of great beauty, the performers making the best of a practice that was not unusual in the Baroque era. Bach routinely reworked his own music as well as, most notably, Vivaldi's in the Harpsichord Concertos (amongst many other examples). The sound of this disc is exemplary, a product of Sony's 20-bit recording in the 90's.

All of the Tafelmusik recordings made for Sony are rapidly disappearing. I strongly urge that you grab them before they are gone. These wonderful Bach performances are most strongly recommended for their overall excellence.

Mike Birman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MY favorite Bach CD May 10 2013
By Tracy Baumgardner - Published on
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The violinist Jean Lamon is not as well known as some other violinists, but I absolutely love this recording its gorgeous her phrasing is very precise and she does'nt get hysterical or too loud in certain parts like some people I won't mention:)
Highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finest interpretation June 24 2007
By Deb - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Especially at this price you should compare these performances to any others.
Blacher was the concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic in the 90's, a
graduate of Julliard and these are, I feel, the best recorded renditions of
these works.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great performance on BWV 1052! Jan. 7 2007
By SG333 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD several years ago. I listened to it then and felt the speed was a bit too fast for my taste, so I put the CD away and left it alone.

I played this CD again recently and listened to the Concerto in D minor (BWV 1052). I was still a bit uncomfortable about the fast speed at first, but I was very impressed by the nice and smooth performance by the Cologne group, so I listened to it a few more times to see if I can get used to the speed. Well, I did! Now I like the version a lot and I have put it to my favorite play list for my daily enjoyment. I've had 20+ years experience listening to Bach and I believe this version can be a valuable one for many Bach listeners.

This CD also contains Violin Concerto in A minor and E major. For those two concertos, I prefer J. Brezina / Camerata Romana version, which has been my long-time favorite.

I think if we get one great piece of music from one CD with this good low price, we should be happy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great performance--but not necessarily to everyone's tastes. April 8 2010
By Harry S. Gerla - Published on
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To me this performance represents an ideal compromise. It has the liveliness and clarity of baroque ensemble performances, but is performed on modern instruments avoiding the sometimes sour intonation of performances on period instruments. Of course, like any compromise, it risks leaving some unsatisfied. If one insists on pure period instruments and practices, then I suggest the Manze/Podger Academy of Ancient Music performance on Harmonia Mundi. It is a lively and wonderful performance. My ears just can't get used to the intonation of most period baroque instruments. If your taste run to more modern instruments and somewhat (but far from excessively)romaticized performances and tempos, the Grimmaux/Krebbers/Garcia performances on Philips will please you greatly.