Bach: Violin Concertos

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J. S. BACH
Bach: Violin Concertos
Cecilia Bernardini (violin), Huw Daniel (violin), Alfredo Bernardini (oboe) / Dunedin Consort, John Butt

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Release Date: Tuesday 1 March 2016

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Dunedin Consort's formidable reputation for performing Bach is set to scale new heights with this highly anticipated recording.

Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini takes a break from leader duties as she steps into the spotlight to deliver a virtuoso performance under the direction of Bach specialist John Butt OBE.

Opening the program is the colourful and joyful concerto for violin and oboe (Alfredo Bernardini oboe) with its supremely lyrical central movement.

Two of Bach's solo violin concertos, each overflowing with inventive detail, and the Sinfonia with solo oboe that opens Cantata 21, follow.

The program culminates in one of Bach's greatest masterpieces - the Double Concerto for two violins (Huw Daniel violin), with its famous and sublime slow movement.

Although Bach was most famous as an organist and keyboard player, he was also a fine violinist; his idiomatic writing and characteristic flair is evident in the many dazzling moments he creates.

"This is as good a way as any to get to know these wonderful concertos and a worthy successor to John Butt's earlier recordings of Bach with the Dunedin Consort." (MusicWeb March 2016)

"Bernardini takes nothing for granted in this recital of Bach concerts with the Dunedin Consort. Her bowing is both fluid and crisply detailed." (BBC Music March 2016)

"This recording has elegance at its heart with Bernardini showing a nice feel for the dynamic contrasts and varied repetitions in the A minor and E major concertos. Two of the highlights are when she is joined by her father, the baroque oboist Alfredo Bernardini, for the C minor Concerto for violin and oboe, and as an extra treat the Sinfonia from Bach's Cantata No. 21." (CD Review March 2016)

"There are so many things to marvel at: her husky, shapely tone, her earthy way with rhythm, how she tugs playfully the top of phrases, her ability to dart in and out of ensemble textures and make the whole thing so joyously convivial...Butt conducts with all the exuberance and swing and fine lines we've come to expect from the Dunedins." (The Guardian)

Tracks:

Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings BWV1060R
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042
Cantata BWV21 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis': Sinfonia
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043