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Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Doubl [Import]

Isaac Stern Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002ATF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In A Minor, BWV 1041: I. (-)
2. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In A Minor, BWV 1041: II. Andante
3. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In A Minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assai
4. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In E Major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro
5. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In E Major, BWV 1042: II. Adagio
6. Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In E Major, BWV 1042: III. Allegro assai
7. Concerto For Two Violins And Orchestra In D Minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
8. Concerto For Two Violins And Orchestra In D Minor, BWV 1043: II. Largo, ma non tanto
9. Concerto For Two Violins And Orchestra In D Minor, BWV 1043: III. Allegro
10. Concerto For Oboe, Violin And Orchestra In C Minor, BWV 1060: I. Allegro
11. Concerto For Oboe, Violin And Orchestra In C Minor, BWV 1060: II. Adagio
12. Concerto For Oboe, Violin And Orchestra In C Minor, BWV 1060: III. Allegro

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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars . . . the doubles are the thing here 22 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
The music on this CD comes from three separate sessions in 1976 (the solo concertos), 1980 (Concerto for Two Violins) and 1966 (Concerto for Violin and Oboe). Alexander Schneider conducts the ECO in the 1976 sessions, Mehta conducts in 1980 -- a recording of a live performance -- and Bernstein is at the helm in 1966. The two solo concertos are warmly played and nicely recorded, but they are, frankly, on the dull side. Schneider and the ECO just sound heavy and a bit slow; for example, the Andante second movement of BWV 1041 doesn't feel like an andante to me. It's all just a bit too sober. On the other hand, the double concertos are full of life. The orchestras are arguably a bit heavy, especially in the 1966 session recording, but both Mehta and Bernstein bring plenty of spring to the playing, and the soloists seem challenged and invigorated by playing together. I think the Concerto for Two Violins works particularly well -- Mehta strikes just the right tempo and rhythm, and Stern and Perlman go at it with enthusiasm. The recording is a bit less refined than in the 1966 and 1976 studio accounts, but the gain in energy more than makes up for that.

NOTE: If you insist on period performance, don't bother with this -- but you would be missing some lively collaborations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 July 2014
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BEAUTIFUL SOUND
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 23 Dec 1999
By "yigala" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're not a great lover of authentic baroque performance, then this CD is the best choice. Stern's violin is clear and beautiful. The orchestra plays just right - not too loud, but still present - unlike Grumiaux's famous version for Philips, which I find quite lame.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. One of the Best 3 Nov 2007
By Todd Carlsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to several recordings of Bach Violin Concertos, and the recordings by Isaac Stern with the English Chamber Orchestra are outstanding. They ranks among the best. There are maybe five different recordings that I could recommend (Gremiaux, Perlman, Marriner, Mutter, Stern). You can't go wrong with stern.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than the sample 2 Oct 2009
By Mary C. Maclean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had been looking for the "right" recording of the Concerto for Violin and Oboe--and when I was this one with Isaac Sterns, I knew
I had found it. The music is very fine and is so well recorded that whether I have it on at home, in my truck or listening through headphones, the music sounds wonderful.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a Bach fan, Stern fan,
or music lover.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Convincing Bach Violin Performance 26 Sep 2005
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Stern is certainly to be revered as great violin virtuoso, whether on this recording or not is question.

My humble listening tells me that the first two offerings, A minor and E major Violin Concertos are a bit lackluster and scratchy, and as another review points out, even at bits sound a bit off.

However, for me the final two are magnificent. The final two movements of the Double Violin Concerto are superb, with Perlman and Mehta ringing in with gusto and passion. Gomberg as well does his part in making the oboe and violin concerto a triumph, with lilting, rich phrasing and clear tonality. Truly is a great soloist, and the third movement is outstanding!
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars . . . the doubles are the thing here. 22 July 2014
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The music on this CD comes from three separate sessions in 1976 (the solo concertos), 1980 (Concerto for Two Violins) and 1966 (Concerto for Violin and Oboe). Alexander Schneider conducts the ECO in the 1976 sessions, Mehta conducts in 1980 -- a recording of a live performance -- and Bernstein is at the helm in 1966. The two solo concertos are warmly played and nicely recorded, but they are, frankly, on the dull side. Schneider and the ECO just sound heavy and a bit slow; for example, the Andante second movement of BWV 1041 doesn't feel like an andante to me. It's all just a bit too sober. On the other hand, the double concertos are full of life. The orchestras are arguably a bit heavy, especially in the 1966 session recording, but both Mehta and Bernstein bring plenty of spring to the playing, and the soloists seem challenged and invigorated by playing together. I think the Concerto for Two Violins works particularly well -- Mehta strikes just the right tempo and rhythm, and Stern and Perlman go at it with enthusiasm. The recording is a bit less refined than in the 1966 and 1976 studio accounts, but the gain in energy more than makes up for that.

NOTE: If you insist on period performance, don't bother with this -- but you would be missing some lively collaborations.
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