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J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 &2; Chaconne; Air; Gavotte en Rondeau / Joshua Bell, violin; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Album Summary

>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 : Partita no 2 in D Minor, Bwv 1004
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D Major, Bwv 1068
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin Solo no 3 in E Major, Bwv 1006
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

As follow up to last-year's acclaimed and chart-topping all-Beethoven recording, Grammy® Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell continues as Music Director and Conductor of the world-renowned ensemble, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. On their new collaboration, this time with Bell also as a soloist, he conducts ASMF mostly from the concertmaster's chair in an all- Bach program. Joshua Bell is the first American and first person to hold the title of Music Director since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.

The Washington Post
Bell alternated playing along with the first violins and conducting with great physical animation from his seat, sculpting the air expressively with his bow to bring forth a wealth of interpretive detail from the musicians. This was as superb a program as I've heard, delivered by a conductor of tremendous promise and genuine ideas - who also happens to be one heck of a violinist.

The Observer, 5th October 2014
The Gavotte makes a perfectly sweet, well-mannered miniature but the Chaconne, such a towering solo piece in itself, doesn't gain a great deal from this treatment...There's redemption, however, in crisp and exciting readings of the Violin Concertos Nos 1 and 2 (BWV 1041 and 1042), with Bell and the players in perfect accord.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Such is Bell's particular brand of ease with which he mixes traditional sensibility with the lighter articulations and gestures of recent tastes that one is instantly spellbound...Locating small shapes within a larger architecture is one of Bell's crowning virtues, alongside a depth of sound of almost Henryk Szeryng-like dimensions... the conception is original and exceptionally executed with searing and soaring artistic intent.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
Bell describes his approach to Bach as 'a melding of the old and the new'. The former is evidenced in his suave, silky tone and extrovert virtuosity, in his expressive liberties with tempo and in the full-bodied orchestral sound; but Bell also pays tribute to more recent trends inspired by period performance practice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Air Studios, London, UK (04/28/2014/04/29/2014).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Notes: Air Studios, London, UK (04/28/2014/04/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Notes: Air Studios, London, UK (04/28/2014/04/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2 in D Minor, Bwv 1004 :: Chaconne
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Notes: Air Studios, London, UK (04/28/2014/04/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D Major, Bwv 1068 :: Air
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Notes: Air Studios, London, UK (04/28/2014/04/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin Solo no 3 in E Major, Bwv 1006 :: Gavotte en Rondeau
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Notes: Air Studios, London, UK (04/28/2014/04/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720