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Bach Concertos
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Janine Jansen is a very fine violinist and I like her work very much. Even allowing for this, I was surprised by how very much I enjoyed this disc. There are many excellent recordings of these works and this stands with the best of them while feeling very fresh.

The works on this disc are Bach's two recognised violin concertos in A minor and E, the double concerto for violin and oboe BWV1060, and two of the sonatas for violin and keyboard. To be honest, I nearly didn't bother trying this disc because these are all so well-known and I have several well-loved recordings already, but I'm delighted that I decided to give it a go. Jansen has a wonderful lightness of touch throughout which gives all these pieces a real zing and a sense of light and air while never losing any of their intellectual weight. She shapes the phrases beautifully and her wonderful technique allows everything to sound effortless.

It really is a delight, and the oboe playing of Ramon Ortega Quero is equally good, making the double concerto a highlight for me - and the finale, one of Bach's most toe-tapping movements, has a terrific spring in its step. The ensemble is very small (four violins, two violas, cello and double bass) and very good, so they have a fabulous, chamber-like flexibility while being able to give it all the necessary welly in the more vigorous passages.

Jansen herself is just as good in the sonatas, although if there is a weakness on this disc it is in the harpsichord playing of her father Jan, which I found a little plodding compared to, say, Ottavio Dantone with Viktoria Mullova or Richard Egarr with Andrew Manze. Nevertheless, these are very enjoyable recordings.

The recorded sound is excellent. The notes are a little pedestrian but perfectly adequate and the presentation is nicely done. Even if, like me, you have several recordings of these concerti and sonatas I would suggest giving this a listen - I find it hugely enjoyable and recommend it very warmly.
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on 17 March 2014
Janine Jansen has moulded the Baroque approach with modern instruments beautifully. It is also quite clear that she is accompanied by friends rather than just other professional artists. They understand each other perfectly, and blend together as one unit. The result is a superlative CD worth 5 stars.
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on 11 January 2014
Lovely pieces of music played beautifully. I am so pleased that Janine Jansen was able to retrieve her beloved violin.
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on 31 July 2014
This recording is, surprisingly, rather dull. Ms Jansen's playing is sensitive but the somewhat woolly sound quality of the disc lets her down.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
This young and skilful lady has the ability to handle her instrument with body AND soul.
The compassion for the music and the performance is amazing.
I get really good vibrations of this CD.
Look her out an enjoy her productions, 4 Seasons by Vivaldi just to mention one.

Thank U, Janine, for your lovely work of art!

Regards/Sten E.
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on 6 January 2015
the astoundingly beautiful Bach concertos stunningly played by this talented woman
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on 26 April 2015
This was a present..........
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on 2 January 2015
beautiful CD by great artist
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on 28 August 2014
Fantastic. 6 stars!
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