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Bach, Schnittke: Concertos for One & Two Violins / Deborah Nemtanu, Sarah Nemtanu, violins; Paris CO; Goetzel

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto Grosso no 3, for 2 violins, harpsichord, celesta, piano & 14 strings
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Irish Times, 3rd April 2015
Characterful soloists who play Bach's three violin concertos with what sounds like intuitive freedom - just sample the flicked-in embellishments.

MusicWeb International, February 2015
There is no shortage of recordings of these concertos by Bach, and it takes something special to mount a realistic challenge. With their crisp harpsichord continuo and unpretentious approach these are all excellent performances.

Solo violinists of Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Sarah and Deborah Nemtanu join forces for the first time on record. "We each had to follow our own individual path before this, to feel that it was the right moment to tackle this project. We succeeded in finding the right balance between our own personal journeys and simple good timing. Playing together has always been part of our daily lives, but it was essential to wait for the right moment. In other words, that both of us had already launched our careers and had made our own contacts and artistic decisions. At 33 and 31 years of age, and after over ten years of musical adventures, we can safely say we were ready!"

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
The Nemtanu sisters... come together here in what would surely be the first choice for any violin siblings, Bach's Double Concerto. Their performance is attractive and neatly turned, especially in a tenderly flowing slow movement, though some listeners may wish for more drive in the finale.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The Nemtanu sisters, Sarah and Deborah, were born in 1981 and 1983 to Vladimir Nemtanu, a Romanian violinist living in Bordeaux. Sarah plays the E-major Concerto and Deborah plays the A-minor Concerto, and apparently Sarah plays the first violin part in the Double Concerto. The Schnittke is played with more conviction than any of the Bach concertos. Its characteristic creepiness probably appeals to this group and their conductor, and it is an interesting piece.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Colonne, Paris, France (07/2014).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
  • Performers: Deborah Nemtanu (Violin); Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
  • Running Time: 14 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  • Performer: Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772
  • Performers: Deborah Nemtanu (Viola); Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Deborah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Running Time: 12 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Schnittke, Alfred : Concerto Grosso no 3, for 2 violins, harpsichord, celesta, piano & 14 strings
  • Performers: Deborah Nemtanu (Violin); Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1985

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
  • Performers: Deborah Nemtanu (Viola); Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720