J.S. Bach

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Violin Concerto in E & Chaconne from the Partita II

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Henryk Szeryng
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Romanian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.
Soloists:Henryk Szeryng, violin
Iosif Conta, conductor.
Individual Works:Violin concerto in E, BWV 1042
Chaconne from the Partita II, BWV 1004
Format:Vinyl Record
Record Label:Electrecord
Catalog Number:STM-ECE 01047.
Year Released/Recorded:1961.
Total Playing Time:34:00
Comments:George Murnu said:

These are live recordings from the concerts Henryk Szeryng gave in Romania in 1961 with the occasion of the George Enescu festival. Here Szeryng is even more brilliant than in his studio recordings of the works - 1965 and 1968 for the Partita, 1976 for the violin concerto with Neville Marriner, all of which are reviewed on the J.S. Bach homepage as well; I have not heard his earlier recordings of the violin concertos. His approach to the music is similar to that in his studio recordings, but a live concert brings more spontaneity in the performances. The orchestra is large and the tempi are similar to those of the studio recordings. I wish that Szeryng performed both the violin concertos and the six sonatas and partitas on this occasion as well. His studio recordings are my favorite versions of the works, but the extra spontaneity of the live concert brings even more to the music. A treasure.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:01/01/1998