[ Decca / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 2 March 2009
"…her playing is beautifully honed, technically without flaw." Gramophone Magazine, February 2009
"…her playing is beautifully honed, technically without flaw."
Gramophone Magazine, February 2009
"We've seen and heard our share of beautiful and very talented violinists during the last 10 years or so, and most have quietly vanished from the spotlight; but given her obvious dedication and consistently impressive work so far, it's a good bet that Julia Fischer is going to be a major virtuoso presence for many years to come."
"I think there is a place for performances as beautifully conceived and played as these, even if the sound is romanticised and approached from the perspective of later music. Fischer's pristine tone and sizzling technique are well partnered by Alexander Sitkovetsky in the Double Violin Concerto and by Andrey Rubtsov in a reconstructed work for violin, oboe and strings. Fischer is for those who like their Bach seamless and consoling, rather than challenging."
Sunday Times, 8th February 2009 ****
"Fischer strikes my ears as being an intuitive Bachian. Her phrasing is elegant and she has an unerring feeling for Bach's broad architectural melodic contours. These are lyrical performances, gently articulated, and wonderfully free from celebrity-style ego." BBC Music
Julia is one of the fastest rising music stars in the world today. Her first Decca release features some of the most commercial violin repertoire of Bach concertos and will set a new benchmark for Bach recordings.
25-year-old Julia Fischer is already being hailed as one of the truly great violinists of the twenty-first century acclaimed as "Artist of the Year" in the prestigious Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2007 and voted "Best Newcomer" by BBC Music Magazine in 2006. At the age of eleven, Julia Fischer not only carried off the top prize at the 1995 International Yehudi Menuhin Competition (overseen by Lord Menuhin himself) but was awarded a special prize for "Best Bach Solo Work". Her 2006 BBC Music Magazine "Best Newcomer" Award was also given in response to her Bach playing - specifically her complete recording of the solo Sonatas & Partitas, of which the jury said: "There are many recordings of Bach's works for solo violin but rarely do they reach such breathtaking heights of musicianship as this one
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042
Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C minor, BWV1060