J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Himmlische Geigen

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gidon Kremer
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Soloists:Gidon Kremer
Individual Works:Violin Concert in A minor, BWV 1041
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:454 405-2
Year Released/Recorded:1980 (BWV 1004), 1982 (BWV 1041, 1042, 1043)
Total Playing Time:68:35
Comments:Christian Richter said:

This seems to be the in Germany published equivalent to the US or English version, minus BWV 1060 (plus BWV 1004). However, I would definitely NOT recommend this recording! It has this wonderful title "Heavenly Violins" (translated), but when you expect to hear Bach you will be disappointed. At least it's not my taste. Gidon Kremer comes across as if he wants to display what a wonderful virtuoso he is, but the music of Bach is lost. No depth, it's impossible to sit back and really enjoy this. It's played as if he wants to get through it all as quick as possible. It honestly reminds me of a car-race. That's NOT Bach. That's only Gidon Kremer portraying himself. Sorry, but that's how it got across to me.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Christian Richter, Germany
Date First Submitted:03/18/2000