J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Solo and Double Violin Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Andrew Manze
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Acadmy of Ancient Music
Soloists:Andrew Manze (BWV 1041, 1042, 1043 and 1060)
Rachel Podger (BWV 1043 and 1060)
Individual Works:BWV1041 Concerto for Violin
BWV1042 Concerto for Violin
BWV1043 Concerto for Two Violins
BWV1060 Concerto for Two Violins Transcripted ("Restored" according to Manze) from the Concerto for Two Harpsichords
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:HMU 907155
Year Released/Recorded:1997
Total Playing Time:c 54 min.
Comments:Shuichi OTSUKA said:

Another recording (in 15 years) done by the Academy of Ancient Music for Bach's famous violin concertos. With artists almost "renewed" (Katherin Hart is the only remaining player from the Hogwood/Schroeder+Hirons version appeared in 1982 under the label Decca/l'Oiseau-Lyre), this one has reached the artistic level of the previous one with more frivolity at the (possible) expense of rigor characteristic to Hogwood/Schroeder+Hirons. There is a bonus, the "restored" violin version of the double harpsichord concerto BWV 1060.

Jonathan Heyhoe said:

Lively rhythms, clear and crisp, avoids excessive sentimentality in slow movements.

Hans Malders said:

A lively, stunning and breathtakingly beautiful and tender recording.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • OTSUKA, Shuichi
  • Jonathan Heyhoe
  • Hans Malders
Date First Submitted:08/31/1997