J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Violin Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
David Oistrach
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Wiener Symphoniker
Soloists:David and Igor Oistrach
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

Beethoven: Romance #1 & 2
Brahms: Violin Concerto (Mono)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto (Mono)

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:447 427-2
Year Released/Recorded:1962
Total Playing Time:145:23
Comments:Corin Stuart said:

A fair rendition. Though David Oistrach's lack of drama sometimes leaves a sense of disappointment, for example in the Gigue of the A minor concerto his style in the Andante is spot on - he plays with a sense of searching uncertainty which left me in raptures.

His son Igor never quite came up to his standard, but they evidently have a good understanding of each other and play well together in the double concertos.

Overall a recommended recording though not my favourite in some areas. Grumiaux adds more drama, but lacks subtlety, Menuhin's tone is unsurpassed and if you're looking for a period performance look elsewhere.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Brian Cheuk
  • Corin Stuart
Date First Submitted:12/24/1995