Monday, 10 March 2008

76. Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto for Two Violins (1717-23)


Title: Bach - Concertos
Performers: Hilary Hahn, Margaret Batjer
Director: Jeffrey Kahane
Year: 2002
Length: 15 minutes


This is probably the best violin concerto by Bach, it shows a maturity even greater than those for solo violin. The interplay between the two soloist parts is quite something here.

The first two movements of this fast-slow-fast concerto are particularly striking and also quite famous, the third movement is more chaotic, but this performance does the whole concerto justice by managing to keep the sounds extremely clear in the ear of the listener, without sacrificing sentiment.

This is a beautiful work by Bach, who again proves himself to be one of the best composers for stringed instruments in the Baroque period. Really outstanding music, and a recording which, although it takes the opposite position of the last recording on the list, not being as intimate, but being more vivacious, is quite spectacular.

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From Wikipedia:

The Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (BWV 1043) is perhaps one of the most famous works by J. S. Bach and considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period. Bach wrote it in Leipzig sometime between 1730 and 1731, most likely for the Leipzig Collegium Musicum, of which he was the director. It also exists in an arrangement for two harpsichords, transposed into C minor (BWV 1062). In addition to the two soloists, the concerto is scored for strings and basso continuo.

A little video on this recording:

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