J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Concertos for 1, 2, & 3 Violins

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Elizabeth Wallfisch
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Soloists:Elizabeth Wallfisch (BWV 1041, 1042, 1043, 1064)
Alison Bury (BWV 1043)
Pavlo Beznosiuk (BWV 1064)
Catherine Mackintosh (BWV 1064)
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
Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064
Record Label:Virgin Classics
Catalog Number:CDC 7 59319 2
Year Released/Recorded:1990-91
Total Playing Time:62:46
Comments:Andrew W. Block said:

This recording has a warm, expressive quality uncommon in most period-instrument recordings of any music that I have heard. The sound is incredibly well-balanced ¡ clear and penetrating. It does the music absolute justice, allowing the brilliant interplay of soloist(s) and orchestra to be emphasized in an astounding way. I am particularly taken with the BWV 1064 recording for three violins; until now I had not heard a convincing rendition of that work. Somehow, the O.A.E. gives these concertos an added sparkle with such clean and focused playing. The well-known BWV 1042 is treated splendidly. Elizabeth Wallfisch performs with unfailing ease, and the tone sounds wonderfully seamless. To someone who has usually been disappointed by the washed-out, shallow tone of the typical period-instrument recording, this disc was a refreshing change and a glimpse into the immortal and otherworldly universe of J.S. Bach.

Jan Hanford said:

Recorded in 1993, this performance by Elizabeth Wallfisch far outshines the currently available versions. New isn't necessary better; there are many treasures like this out there that are superior to the new (2003) recordings.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Andrew W. Block
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/05/1996