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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Dances, 26 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos BWV 1041-43, Concerto for three violins BWV 1064R (Audio CD)
Yet another recording of the Bach violin concertos? Why? After all, we've got plenty to choose from, both on period and modern instruments, many with top-flight soloists in the leading roles: Hilary Hahn, Nigel Kennedy, Menuhin...take your pick.

It doesn't take long into this recording for the listener to understand the answer to the above question: contained here are new and at times revelatory readings of these works. It really feels as though the Freiburgers have absorbed both period and modern concepts of playing and emerged the other side, giving us the best of both in performances which above all let the music speak for itself.

The two soloists (three in BWV1064R) are full-time members of the band, and this is most apparent in the synthesis of solo and ensemble lines: there are no stars here apart from Bach himself. In the faster movements the instruments rebound off each other, the rhythmic elasticity creating an energy which brings a reminder that we're never far from the spirit of the dance.

Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Müllejans are the soloists in the Double Concerto, alternating for the E major (von der Goltz) and the A minor (Müllejans). They have distinctive and very different qualities, with Müllejans soaring, silvery and aerial whilst von der Goltz is intriguingly bucolic, with a more earthy but equally compelling tone. In the Concerto for Three Violins they are joined by Anna Katharina Schreiber in a work normally heard in its version for three harpsichords.

Did we need another recording? A resounding Yes. An outstanding release.
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