J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Violin Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Masaaki Suzuki
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Bach Collegium Japan
Soloists:Ryo Terakado, violin
Natsumi Wakamatsu, violin
Marcel Ponseele, oboe
Individual Works:Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings in C minor, BWV 1060
Record Label:BIS
Catalog Number:BIS-CD-961
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:59'20
Related Web Site:http://www.bach.co.jp/
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

Ryo Terakado has become one of my favorite violinists as a result of his extraordinary recordings on Denon. But I was not familiar with Suzuki or this orchestra until I attended their performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Berkeley, CA in April 2003. It was an astonishingly beautiful performance and one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life. Therefore, I was inspired to explore their recordings.

This performance of the violin concertos is energetic and lively. It's HIP but avoids the unpleasant cliches of HIP performance. I found its understated elegance to be extremely enjoyable making this recording highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:04/26/2003