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Bach: Violin Concertos / Julia Fischer, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, et al

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Julia is one of the fastest rising music stars in the world today. Her first Decca release features some of the most commercial violin repertoire of Bach concertos and will set a new benchmark for Bach recordings. 25-year-old Julia Fischer is already being hailed as one of the truly great violinists of the twenty-first century acclaimed as "Artist of the Year" in the prestigious Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2007 and voted "Best Newcomer" by BBC Music Magazine in 2006. At the age of eleven, Julia Fischer not only carried off the top prize at the 1995 International Yehudi Menuhin Competition (overseen by Lord Menuhin himself) but was awarded a special prize for "Best Bach Solo Work". Her 2006 BBC Music Magazine "Best Newcomer" Award was also given in response to her Bach playing - specifically her complete recording of the solo Sonatas & Partitas, of which the jury said: "There are many recordings of Bach's works for solo violin but rarely do they reach such breathtaking heights of musicianship as this one.

"If you haven't heard these timeless works in a while, and especially if your taste has leaned mostly to period-instrument renditions, you owe it to yourself to re-enter the Bach violin canon with these splendid, scintillating, stylish performances that totally respect Bach's scores while reminding us that "modern" instruments can still play the daylights out of these pieces just as credibly as their most revered ancient ancestors. (I place "modern" in quotes because Fischer actually plays a 1742 Guadagnini!)... given her obvious dedication and consistently impressive work so far, it's a good bet that Julia Fischer is going to be a major virtuoso presence for many years to come." -Classics Today (10/10)

BBC Music Magazine
Fischer strikes my ears as being an intuitive Bachian. Her phrasing is elegant and she has an unerring feeling for Bach's broad architectural melodic contours. These are lyrical performances, gently articulated, and wonderfully free from celebrity-style ego.

Gramophone Magazine
... her playing is beautifully honed, technically without flaw.

Sunday Times
I think there is a place for performances as beautifully conceived and played as these, even if the sound is romanticised and approached from the perspective of later music. Fischer's pristine tone and sizzling technique are well partnered by Alexander Sitkovetsky in the Double Violin Concerto and by Andrey Rubtsov in a reconstructed work for violin, oboe and strings. Fischer is for those who 1like their Bach seamless and consoling, rather than challenging.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
  • Performers: Julia Fischer (Violin); Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin)
  • Notes: St paul's, Deptford, London, England (06/02/2008-06/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Julia Fischer (Violin)
  • Notes: St paul's, Deptford, London, England (06/02/2008-06/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  • Performer: Julia Fischer (Violin)
  • Notes: St paul's, Deptford, London, England (06/02/2008-06/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
  • Performers: Julia Fischer (Violin); Andrey Rubtsov (Oboe)
  • Notes: St paul's, Deptford, London, England (06/02/2008-06/04/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1921