Opening the program is the colorful and joyful concerto for violin and oboe (Alfredo Bernardini oboe) with its supremely lyrical central movement. Two of Bachs solo violin concertos, each overflowing with inventive detail, and the Sinfonia with solo oboe that opens Cantata 21, follow. The program culminates in one of Bachs greatest masterpieces - the Double Concerto for two violins (Huw Daniel violin), with its famous and sublime slow movement.
Although Bach was most famous as an organist and keyboard player, he was also a fine violinist; his idiomatic writing and characteristic flair is evident in the many dazzling moments he creates.
"This group is in full and virtuosic command of its instruments, allowing confident plunges into risk-taking as well as lovely exploitation of the varied colors. Period instrument performances don't get any better than this." - American Record Guide
"Bachs violin concerto in A minor, BWV 1041, with Cecilia Bernardini an outstanding soloist, was even better. The aching lyricism of the slow movement attained a rare eloquence." - Financial Times
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Cecelia Bernardini, violin
Huw Daniel, violin
Alfredo Bernardini, oboe
John Butt, director
John Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor
Violin Concerto in E Major
6. Allegro assai
Ich hatte viel Bekummernis
Violin Concerto in A minor
10. Allegro assai
Concerto for two violins in D minor
12. Largo ma non tanto