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Bach: Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-1043; Concerto for 3 violins, BWV 1064R / Petra Mullejans, Gottfried von der Goltz, Anne Katharina Schreiber, violins

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 : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bach's three well-known Violin Concertos are paired here with a splendid concerto for three violins, reconstructed from the surviving version for three harpsichords, BWV 1064. The composer's fascination with the Italian solo concerto, which resulted in numerous arrangements and compositions, dates to his second Weimar period from 1708 to 1717. However, current research has revealed that Bach wrote the violin concertos around 1720, during his engagement as Kapellmeister in Cöthen. On this recording, soloists Petra Müllejans, Gottfried von der Goltz, and Anne Katharina Schreiber are backed by the matchless Freiburger Barockorchester in dazzling readings of these evergreen favorites.

MusicWeb International, April 2013
This disc is a delight, an aural and musical treat, and a riposte to anyone who may think we already have enough recordings of the Bach concertos. It is beautifully played, stylishly directed and captured in recorded sound of wholesome, natural beauty.

Early Music Review, April 2013
Ronderful violinists ... I find these performances dynamic and original in a way just another recording of these same works never could have been ... All-in-all, a wonderful disc.

International Record Review, April 2013
Utterly breathtaking ... what distinguishes this disc - along with the absolutely top-notch recorded sound - is the utterly committed, and beautifully detailed playing of the Freiburger Barockorchester. If the three soloists are elevated by the brilliance of this music, the orchestra is raised to almost inconceivable levels of musical excellence ... an absolutely glorious recording.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
These well-established performers are in fine form here. With an ensemble of 14 strings plus harpsichord, the approach might be called "moderately orchestral". There is also a degree of genuine expressiveness. Von der Goltz and Mullejans divide the spotlight in the two solo concertos and blend coherently (along with Schreiber) in the combinations. The sound is particularly clear, with the soloists clearly distinguished.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
Von der Goltz and Müllejans make a strong case for this group as the very finest of their kind in these rich-veined creations...the playing is dazzling and the last movement riffs are irresistable.

The Strad, May 2013
Successful performances marked by a bold approach to ornamentation ... These first-rate period performances are stylish, polished, thoughtfully prepared and sympathetically recorded, with ensemble tautly controlled throughout.

Hi-Fi News, May 2013
An hour of bliss ... pure baroque enjoyment.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
The 15 strings of the Freiburger Barockorchester...create a fine, clean sound as they share and alternative fragmentary motifs...The sheer energy of the playing is gripping...[the Triple] is stunning...I'd buy the disc for this alone - and the rest will still be a splendid bonus.

Early Music Today, Autumn 2013
The Freiburgers confirm their reputation for stylish, insightful music making and taut ensemble. Petra Mullejans interprets Bach's bowings very freely in the A minor concerto, adding excitement to the lively, resilient outer movements and shaping the Andante's cantilena expressively.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Freiburg, Paulussaal (04/2012).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
  • Performers: Petra Müllejans (Violin); Gottfried Von der Goltz (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Freiburger Barockorchester
  • Running Time: 15 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042
  • Performer: Gottfried Von der Goltz (Violin)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Petra Müllejans (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064
  • Performers: Petra Müllejans (Violin); Anne-Katharina Schreiber (Violin); Gottfried Von der Goltz (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1978