J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Bach Violin Concerto No. 2 in E

Main Performer
or Conductor:
George Enescu
Accompaniment/Orchestra:University of Illinois Orchestra.
Soloists:George Enescu, violin.
John Kuypers, conductor.
Individual Works:Violin Concerto No. 2 in E BWV 1042
Fugue from Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV 1001

and Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Op. 61.

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Biddulph
Catalog Number:LAB 108.
Year Released/Recorded:1949
Total Playing Time:64:42
Comments:George Murnu said:

These are live recordings of a concert that Enescu gave during his farewell American tour in 1949. During these tours Enescu gave master classes which were followed by concerts. I can't praise enough this disc. To start with the orchestra which, although a student band and clearly not in the class of say the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, puts to shame a lot of professional ensembles that I have heard. But the disc belongs of course to Enescu who plays some of the music that he loves the most. He once said that "Bach is my daily bread" and indeed the performance of the fugue form the Sonata Number 1 given as an encore reminds us that he once made a wonderful recording of all the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. This is an exciting and vigorous reading, as is the violin concerto. Of course the orchestra is large and don't expect "authenticity" yet the tempo is definitely on the vigorous side when comparing with other such readings. Enescu's poetic side is best displayed in the Beethoven concerto. And for both the concerti these are the only recordings of the works that the violinist gave us, although Enescu conducted the Bach concerto in a famous 1933 recording with his most famous student, a young Yehudi Menuhin at the violin. The sound is good for the era. In short an invaluable document of one of this century's greatest and most underrated musicians.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:07/04/1998