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Bach: Violin Concertos / Giuliano Carmignola, violin; Concerto Köln; Hirasaki

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 : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe in G minor, BWV 1056
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D minor (reconstruction), BWV 1052R
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, November 2014
Carmignola is on characteristically ebullient form, bringing sparkling virtuosity to Bach's outer movements while revelling in the poetry of the inner ones...Carmignola's linear control is well-sustained and expressive.

The Guardian, 5th November 2014
Carmignola is unquestionably a fine baroque violinist, and his performances with what is one of Europe's leading period-instrument ensembles have all the right historical and stylistic credentials, but something about them seems routine.

The Telegraph, 17th November 2014
Carmignola, sparkling virtuoso though he is, can sometimes seem to snatch at notes and exhibit a roughness and astringency of tone. Concerto K÷ln, too, adopts a "historically informed" stance in its clipped phrases, but at the same time there is plenty of healthy animation in the instrumental lines.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Carmignola's urgency never leaves the listener breathless...a performance of visceral resonance and poetic engagement which has never been bettered...Carmignola does not edit out every impurity or 'gamy' tuning and the benefits to the character of the whole are incalculable.

Carmignola's fiery and successful "Vivaldi con moto" will be continued with a more subtle and traditional Bach Concerto recording, a Co-Production between Deutsche Grammophon and Deutschlandfunk. Though presenting a traditional piece, Carmignola and Concerto Köln bring new and outstanding colours into this often recorded repertoire, and their temperamental performance introduces a sparkling and thrilling interpretation of Bach's concertos. Carmignola is a unique artist and one of today's most charismatic and captivating violinists, prompting The Strad to say "Timing is everything, and Carmignola has the timing of Sinatra. Rubato, portamento, pauses, tight-rope showmanship." For the Double Concert, Carmignola is joined by Mayumi Hirasaki on the first violin. The album contains an exclusive digital track intended to be an homage to C. Ph. Bach in honour of what would have been his 300th birthday in 2014: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: 17 Andantino H 108 for violin and basso. This captivating new Bach release will become a timeless piece of music which can only come from the outstanding combination of Giuliano Carmignola and Concerto Köln. They will perform the repertoire from this album on December 16 in Toulouse, France and on December 18 in Cologne, Germany.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne (07/2013).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mayumi Hirasaki
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Running Time: 12 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Running Time: 15 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
  • Performers: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin); Mayumi Hirasaki (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Running Time: 14 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe in G minor, BWV 1056
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1926

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in D minor (reconstruction), BWV 1052R
  • Performer: Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Running Time: 20 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1970