Posted: Friday | 06.15.12
Elgar & JS Bach: Violin Concertos
Most of you already know that I am crazy about the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. And you should also know that I love a whole lot of Elgar’s music, as well. Not only the violin concerto presented on this recording, but also a lot of orchestral music, as well.
On this CD, we get the following:
Bach, J S:
- Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041
- Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61
Performed by Pinchas Zukerman (violin), and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta
“One of the most intimate works of this century”, wrote the British musicologist Sir Donald Tovey of Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B Minor.
Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, probably written in 1720, is restrained – with a gradual development of tension through the contrast between the solo part and the orchestral accompaniment.
Israeli-born Pinchas Zukerman has made music before the public for more than four decades with his wide range of activities: he is a world-class violinist, violist, and conductor. He has recently announced his decision to step down as music director of Ottawa’s National Arts Center Orchestra. He remains as chief guest conductor at the RPO.
Here is a real old video that you’re sure to love: Perlman and Zukerman: “Grand Duo”
And here’s another real classic of music making by two good friends, Performing Johan Halvorsen’s Passacaglia Duo for Violin and Viola:
Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukermanplay the Halvorsen Passacaglia
Tags: Pinchas Zukerman, violin, Elgar, Bach