J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Bach the concerto album

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Lara St.John
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The New York Bach Ensemble
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
Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Ancalagon
Catalog Number:AR 131
Year Released/Recorded:2001
Total Playing Time:58:47
Related Web Site:http://www.larastjohn.com/
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

Lara St. John is a truly gifted musician and the performances on this disc are lovely. The addition of her brother, Scott, in the double concerto is a nice bonus and their performances are excellent. The slow movements are nicely done; expressive and sweet. However, the fast movements are a little too perky and I felt the melodies were sometimes obscured by the speed. It's all enjoyable but not extraordinary. Her performance of the Sonata No. 1 BWV 1001 for solo violin is outstanding but I would have preferred a recording that completed the solo violin works cycle (she has released three of the six). I'm not a mix-and-match kind of listener.

The come-hither photo on the cover is unappealing and does not have any of the artistry or creativity of the controversial photo on her first cd. Although I enjoyed the music, I could do without the sleazy photographs. This music deserves better than that.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:01/15/2002