Kati Debretzeni / John Eliot Gardiner / English Baroque Soloists

Bach: Violin Concertos

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There is no shortage of good Bach violin concerto recordings, nor even of those played by historical-performance groups, yet this one has several distinct attractions. First, is simply the presence of violinist Kati Debretzeni, long a violin section leader of Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists but rarely heard as a soloist in her own right. She's one of the few historical-performance specialists to have emerged from Eastern Europe, and she deserves wider exposure. Second, are her two arrangements of harpsichord concertos (assisted in the case of the Violin Concerto in D minor, after the Harpsichord Concerto, BWV 1052, by Wilfried Fischer), competently done and really adding viable violin concertos to the Bach repertory. Third, the ensemble size of about a dozen is ideal. Lastly, is the overall shaping of the pieces, and here Gardiner deserves a good deal of credit: everyone would have been fine if he had stayed in his usual comfortable groove, but here he responds nicely to a younger player with something to say. Debretzeni is terrific, standing up to Gardiner's warm sound with sharp, penetrating lines and then mellowing in the slow movements into a real Italianate lyricism. Although the St. Jude's Hampstead church sound is uninspiring, this is a very fine group of Bach violin concertos.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Violin Concerto BWV 1041 in A minor
1 03:39 Amazon
2 06:40 Amazon
3 03:30 Amazon
Violin Concerto after BWV 1053 in D major
4 07:43 Amazon
5 04:48 Amazon
6 06:06 Amazon
Violin Concerto BWV 1042 in E major
7 07:46 Amazon
8 05:35 Amazon
9 02:45 Amazon
Violin Concerto, after BWV 1052 in D minor
10 07:34 Amazon
11 06:41 Amazon
12 07:22 Amazon
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