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J.S. Bach: Concertos / David & Igor Oistrakh, violins; Moscow CO, Barshai (rec. 1959-1976)

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents an album of orchestral and concert works by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the Moscow Chamber Orchestra led by Rudolf Barshai. The name of Rudolf Barshai signifies a new page in domestic music culture of the 20th century. A talented violist with a promising concert career, he managed to found the first ever Soviet chamber orchestra. In the times of the Iron Curtain, Soviet listeners were almost unaware of that particular sphere of musical performance. Barshai's concert program, the sound of his orchestra which collected talented musicians who sought for new ways were a true revelation to the public. The Moscow Chamber Orchestra became immensely popular during the first years of its existence. The orchestra always played to capacity crowds, and its numerous records sold many thousands of copies. Some of the leading Soviet artists such as Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Mstislav Rostropovich and others collaborated with Barshai's orchestra taking part in its concerts and recordings. Rudolf Barshai left the USSR in the 1970's and for many years performed with various chamber and symphony orchestras of the world. However, these recordings realized with his Moscow Chamber Orchestra are still the most legendry page in history of Russian chamber music performance. Today, 40 years later, they still sound as lively and fresh. The soloist I Bach's violin concertos is David Oistrakh, one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.

MusicWeb International, 6th June 2014
[The playing] is unfailingly sweet of tone, secure of intonation and sure of phrasing. Barshai's accompaniment is by no means indulgent or etiolated; he simply allows two great violinists to take centre-stage...The two Brandenburgs, in excellent stereo, are joyful and animated.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: David Oistrakh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Ensemble: Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
  • Performers: David Oistrakh (Violin); Igor Oistrakh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 16 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 21 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 11 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721