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J.S.Bach: Violin Concertos / Cecilia Bernardini, Huw Daniel, violin; Alfredo Bernardini, oboe; Dunedin Consort, John Butt

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 21, "Ich hatte viel Bekummernis BWV 21
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
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Notes & Reviews:

Dunedin Consort's formidable reputation for performing Bach is set to scale new heights with this highly anticipated recording. Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini takes a break from leader duties as she steps into the spotlight to deliver a virtuoso performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt OBE. Opening the program is the colourful and joyful concerto for violin and oboe (Alfredo Bernardini, oboe) with its supremely lyrical central movement. Two of Bach's solo violin concertos, each overflowing with inventive detail, and the Sinfonia with solo oboe that opens Cantata 21, follow. The program culminates in one of Bach's greatest masterpieces - the Double Concerto for two violins (Huw Daniel, violin), with its famous and sublime slow movement. Although Bach was most famous as an organist and keyboard player, he was also a fine violinist; his idiomatic writing and characteristic flair is evident in the many dazzling moments he creates. The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation as one of the leading exponents of historical performance, under the direction of prize-winning historical performance specialist John Butt OBE. The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for its inquisitive approach, shining new light into some of the best known pieces of the Baroque repertoire. In addition to a GRAMMY nomination, Dunedin Consort has won two Gramophone Awards: the 2007 'Baroque Vocal' Award for 'Handel: Messiah' and the 2014 'Choral' Award for 'Mozart: Requiem'. Dunedin Consort's first instrumental release, 'J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos', was named Gramophone 'Choice' and awarded five stars by both BBC Music Magazine and The Guardian.

The Guardian, 10th March 2016
There are so many things to marvel at: her husky, shapely tone, her earthy way with rhythm, how she tugs playfully the top of phrases, her ability to dart in and out of ensemble textures and make the whole thing so joyously convivial...Butt conducts with all the exuberance and swing and fine lines we've come to expect from the Dunedins.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2016
Bernardini takes nothing for granted in this recital of Bach concerts with the Dunedin Consort. Her bowing is both fluid and crisply detailed.

CD Review, 19/03/2016
This recording has elegance at its heart with Bernardini showing a nice feel for the dynamic contrasts and varied repetitions in the A minor and E major concertos. Two of the highlights are when she is joined by her father, the baroque oboist Alfredo Bernardini, for the C minor Concerto for violin and oboe, and as an extra treat the Sinfonia from Bach's Cantata No. 21.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
Neat, stylish and uncomplicated performances in a recording of beautifully judged clarity and resonance... the soloists are good, headed by the Dunedins' leader Cecilia Bernardini, who shows that these familiar pieces still have plenty to say if you just play them with the right balance of technique, tone and musicality... [the Dunedins] show here that a light interpretative touch does not have to be a casual one.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (11/17/2014-11/20/2014).



Reviews

Lovely performances of Bach concertos featuring the violin as the primary instrument!
This recording contains six works of Bach all centered around the violin as played by Cecilia Bernardini and Huw Daniel. In addition to the Dunedin Consort (which sounds marvelous throughout), Alfredo Bernardini (Cecilia’s father) is featured on oboe in the first piece (tracks 1-3), and his playing is delightful.

The first piece is the Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor (BWV 1060R), and while the well written liner notes mention the fact that Cecilia and her father play together frequently, it is a real treat to hear them together in this delightful piece.

The Violin Concerto in E Major (BWV 1042) is truly amazing, and showcases the Dunedin Consort at its best, as each phrase is dynamically played and lovingly brought forth. The 3rd movement is particularly striking and energetic, and so insanely well constructed that even though I have heard the piece performed many times (and have more than a few recordings of it), I found this performance to be particularly noteworthy.

Next is BWV 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekummernis”, a sinfonia with oboe that lasts a whole 2 minutes and 41 seconds. A glorious 2 minutes and 41 seconds.

After that is the wonderfully well played Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV 1041), and the 3rd movement “Allegro assai” is just exquisite. The three tracks on this CD that make up this piece (tracks 8-10) are the highlight of this recording for me. This is wonderful playing, and it is clear that the musicians are not only having fun, but are totally focused on giving their best. You can hear it.

The final work on the recording is the Concerto for two violins in D minor (BWV 1043). This features Huw Daniel as the 2nd violin, and it is remarkable how well he and Cecilia Bernardini sound together. This too is a stunning performance on both their parts, and the Dunedin Consort provides an amazing texture for these two to shine against. Truly marvelous music making.

The liner notes are extremely well written, and provide excellent and informative background on the individual works, Bach’s employment, and the construction of each piece. And the SACD itself sounds fantastic. This is an incredible recording, and the music making is top notch. Highly recommended!

Submitted on 08/18/16 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
  • Performers: Alfredo Bernardini (Oboe); Cecilia Bernardini (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Ensemble: Dunedin Consort
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (11/17/2014-11/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1921

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  • Performer: Cecilia Bernardini (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Ensemble: Dunedin Consort
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (11/17/2014-11/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 21, "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis BWV 21 :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Cecilia Bernardini (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Ensemble: Dunedin Consort
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (11/17/2014-11/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 06/17/1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Cecilia Bernardini (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Ensemble: Dunedin Consort
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (11/17/2014-11/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
  • Performers: Cecilia Bernardini (Violin); Huw Daniel (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Ensemble: Dunedin Consort
  • Notes: Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (11/17/2014-11/20/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731