J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Violin Concertos

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Thomas Zehetmair
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Amsterdamse Bach Solisten
Soloists:Thomas Zehetmair, violin and artistic director
Individual Works:Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 (reconstruction)
Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056 (reconstruction)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Berlin Classics
Catalog Number:0011142BC
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:62:05
Comments:J.R. Robinson said:

Historically informed performances (in the best sense) played on modern instruments, often one to a part. Despite their scholarly conception, these performances sound anything but academic; indeed, the heartfelt commitment and sheer joy these players bring to the music is palpable. The pared-down forces allow for improved textural clarity and transparency, while the richness and fullness of the playing prevents the ensemble from sounding even the least bit anemic. Zehetmair has established a close rapport with the Amsterdamse Bach Solisten (an offshoot of the Concertgebouw Orchestra). He blends effortlessly into the ensemble during tutti passages but is an inspiring and consummate soloist when his number is called. Clean, focused, well-balanced recorded sound, to boot.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • J.R. Robinson
Date First Submitted:03/04/2000