J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Violin Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Concentus musicus Wien
Soloists:Alice Harnoncourt, violin
Walter Pfeiffer, violin 2 (in BWV 1043)
Juerg Schaeftlein, oboe
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
Concerto for violin and strings in G minor, reconstructed after BWV 1056
Concerto for violin, oboe, and strings in D minor, reconstructed after BWV 1060
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:4509-95518-2
Year Released/Recorded:1967 1970 1977
Total Playing Time:72:58

This reissue/compilation of Harnoncourt's renditions of Bach violin concerti lives up to the usual standards. The music is lovingly performed, although on occasion the playing seems mannered and calls attention to the "authentic" performance style rather than to the music.

The reconstructions are not, in my view, quite as successful as the three fully-Bachian

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thomas Hubeart
Date First Submitted:06/15/1997