J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Violin Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Salvatore Accardo
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Soloists:Salvatore Accardo Violino I
Margaret Batjer Violino II
Individual Works:Violin concerto no.1 in A minor, BWV 1041
Violin concerto no. 2 in E major. BWV 1042
Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:416 413-2
Year Released/Recorded:1985
Total Playing Time:48:20
Comments:Bruce Cook said:

Vivacious ; excellent definition ; depth of emotion . DDD recorded, engineering superb. For me, this recording is the standard.

Paolo C. Massarutti said:

The first 3 Concertos of this two-cassette set (BWV 1041-1042-1043) have been reprinted on CD (Philips 416.413-2), where they can be best enjoyed.
The following 3 Concertos (BWV 1052-1056-1060) have been so far not remastered, so if you want to hear one of the best reconstructions of the original violin version of these Concertos, you'd better dust off your cassette deck.
The arrangements by Salvatore Accardo give to these Concertos a better balance between the soloist's part and the tutti than the usual harpsichord version. This is furthermore enhanced by Accardo's unrivalled mastery of the instrument and the superb sound of a couple of the best works of Stradivarius: the "ex-Reynier" violin (1727) used in the D minor Concerto and the "Firebird" violin (1718), which Accardo plays in the G minor and C minor Concertos.

Philippe Allard said:

Who said that the music of Bach is academic, and can't be played with passion ? A non-standard interpretation, which literaly "sings", and a profound comprehension of another face of the Master. To listen for the pleasure only !

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Bruce Cook
  • Paolo C. Massarutti
  • Philippe Allard
Date First Submitted:10/31/1996