[ Decca / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 1 November 2013
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Janine Jansen releases a brand new Bach recording, joined by a hand-picked group of friends - all exceptional musicians. Recording the popular E major and A minor concertos alongside the Violin and Oboe Concerto in C minor and two violin sonatas for the first time, Jansen and her ensemble explore these well-known works with a spirit of complete freshness.
In the double concerto she is joined by two-time ECHO Award winner Ramón Ortega Quero. Janine's ensemble accompaniment on the recording includes her brother, cellist Maarten Jansen, and her father, harpsichordist Jan Jansen.
This record follows the unique chamber footprint that characterise many of her bestselling recordings. Janine is a devotee and advocate of chamber music with her own festival in Utrecht, Holland running for over 10 years
"worth hearing for Jansen's driving speeds, nimble ornamentation, energy and elegant sense of Baroque style. The textures are spruce, and a particular success is the C minor Double Concerto with the delectable tone of oboist Ramón Ortega Quero." (Times)
"this is a distinctive and personal celebration of Jansen's highly inflected playing in the company of friends...Most noticeable in the general concerto canvas is how Jansen's quixotic, bold and spontaneous toying with Bach so often finds itself checked by her 'friends'." Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
"Jansens's approach is clearly influenced by the period instrument movement but by no means slavishly so...Sometimes there's a touch of creative tension between the historically-aware Jansen and her 'modern' violinist self...but there's a vivacity that invariably responds to the spirit of the dance." BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****
"Jansen's take on Bach is both fresh and comfortingly familiar...she achieves a rare combination of old-school glamorous sound and the outdoorsy briskness of period playing. Gorgeous." New York Times, 13th November 2013
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041
Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings BWV1060R
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV1017
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 3 in E major, BWV1016