J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Violin Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Yehudi Menuhin
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Orchestre Symphonique de Paris
Soloists:Yehudi Menuhin
George Enescu ( BWV 1043 only )
Pierre Monteux
Individual Works:Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042
Double Concerto in D minor, BWV1043
Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV1004
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI - Reference Series
Catalog Number:CDH 7610182
Year Released/Recorded:1936, 1933, 1932, 1934
Total Playing Time:65'06
Comments:George Murnu said:

What can I say about another recording of these works? Of course, everybody has a favorite recording of them. Only this is not another recording. It's one of the earliest recordings available on the market and in many ways it is still unsurpassed. It preserves one of the greatest partnerships in the history of our century: Enescu and Menuhin. Teacher and student. In the violin concertos Enescu conducts and Menuhin plays the violin, and their mutual understanding is already obvious. But the highlight of the disc is surely the reading of the double concerto Menuhin, the student, plays first violin and Enescu, the teacher plays second violin! Listen to the natural flow of music, the way the two violins blend each other; it shows the mutual respect and admiration these great musicians had for each other. They are aided by Monteux' superb conducting. Tempos may be slow by today's standards, and purists may object to the use of a full orchestra, but the level of music making is of highest possible level. As for Menuhin reading of Bach's Chacone, well, his earliest recordings of the Sonatas and Partitas are considered superior to his later remake. All in all, a disc to treasure.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:11/02/1997