J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Violin Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Roberto Michelucci
Accompaniment/Orchestra:I Musici
Soloists:Michelucci (violin)
Ayo (violin)
Driehuys (oboe)
Individual Works:BWV 1041 concerto per violino in Mi
BWV 1042 violinkonzerte en A
BWV 1043 concerto for 2 violins in Dm
BWV 1060 transcription for violin and oboe of the concerto for 2 harpsichords (BWV 1060)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Year Released/Recorded:1958 1061(oboe)
Total Playing Time:69' 56''
Comments:Ferdinando Boccazi Varotto said:

I love the violin concertos by Bach, and i have several recordings, but the less intresting i have is the one performed by I Musici: their sound is certantly warm and full coloured, but their playing...heavy, slow, unattractive at all... our ears are used to the fresh sound of ensembles like The english concert or The academy of St.Martin, and this kind of interpretation seems so charmless... The oboe concert is much better, the sound of the oboe is clear and natural and the violin too is more stilish than in the previous concerts, but it's still lightyears faraway from the modern interpetations. I think that buying this record could be the worst approach to violin concertos you can get. Pay a little more and buy the Pinnock or the Marriner's ones (if you don't like original instruments sound)

Christian Richter said:

Take a undisturbed quiet moment, put your headphones on, and just ... listen. Or better: enjoy! Enjoy Bach! Enjoy beauty pure! Enjoy being transported almost into another world! This recording is just simply beautiful! This must be the reason Philips keeps publishing this 1958, 1959, 1961 recording. No disturbance through an individual performer trying to give a (unnecessary fast)virtuoso performance (as perhaps the Gidon Kremer / St. Martin in the Fields recording), or missing expression (as in part perhaps the Salvatore Accardo performance), but simply BACH pure. If you believe in God, it surely makes you think of Heaven. Music to enjoy! Music to get "carried away" by! Unique and suplime! Worth purchasing it if you just want to enjoy Bach in what he wrote music for: to enjoy it! Wonderful!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ferdinando Boccazi Varotto
  • Christian Richter
Date First Submitted:11/13/1999