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J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos transcribed for organ / Daniele Boccaccio, organ

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A deeply personal project, this transcription for organ of three of Bach's works for violin and orchestra represents the fulfillment of a dream more than 20 years in the making. Organist Daniele Boccaccio admits that, originally, he thought it impossible to create an effective and faithful transcription of these pieces with which he fell in love at the age of 21. After years of fermentation, however, the idea grew irresistible. The result is compelling, and Boccaccio treads a well-chosen path that prioritises fidelity - his approach to the transcribing process informed by Bach's own transcriptions of Vivaldi Concertos - but leaves room for personalisation, and makes sure that the ensuing pieces are never lacking in fullness. More than two decades after his initial discovery of the Bach works, Boccaccio has succeeded in bringing them well and truly into the realm of his instrument. Boccacio remains the youngest ever winner of the Noale National Organ Competition (1985). He has gone on to enjoy a varied career as an organist, participating in a wide array of performances, recordings, teaching and masterclasses in Italy, Austria and beyond. Other information: Recorded in 2013.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
He performs with conviction and style, embracing the timbres and techniques unique to the organ. Virtuosic movements are performed with an exciting rhythmic drive that only occasionally pushes the extremes of the instrument, namely in the third movement of the Concerto in G minor. Slow middle movements are well paced, beautifully shaped, and sensitively articulated. The Baroque-inspired organ at the church of Saint Antonio Abate in Padua records well; the warmth of the solo principal in the exquisite Adagio from the Concerto in D is a particular high point of this record. Overall, this is a musically engaging approach to a recreation of a common 18th Century practice of orchestral transcription.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sant'Antonio Abate Church, Padua (05/23/2013-05/24/2013).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  • Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
  • Notes: Sant'Antonio Abate Church, Padua (05/23/2013-05/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
  • Notes: Sant'Antonio Abate Church, Padua (05/23/2013-05/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
  • Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
  • Notes: Sant'Antonio Abate Church, Padua (05/23/2013-05/24/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731