Bach Concertos

J S Bach:

  • Violin Concertos

The amazing composer Johann Sebastian Bach grew up around violin music: his father Johann Ambrosius was an accomplished violinist. This influence is reflected in Johann Sebastian’s compositions, which contains a large number of solo and ensemble works for the instrument – including the concertos on this recording.

The works, written in approximately 1720, are based on Vivaldi’s concerto model from the beginning of the 18th century, and – in the case of the D minor and G minor concertos – are reconstructions of the harpsichord concertos.

Here is an audio preview of violin concertos by Bach, from my Spotify file called “Hank’s violin”


On this CD, we get to enjoy the following:

Bach, J S:

  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042
  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041
  • Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV1052
  • Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV1056

Performed by Thomas Zehetmair (violin), accompanied by the Amsterdam Bach Soloists

This recording of Bach’s violin concertos has a great deal of freshness and sparkle. Thomas Zehetmair has built an impressive career, performing with the world’s most famous orchestras and conductors. His highly musical approach kindled his interest in historical early music practice, and his interpretations of the baroque repertoire show a deep insight in the style, while never losing his innate musicianship.

Zehetmair is joined by the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, an elite group drawn from principals of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, both sharing his interest in early music and his enthusiasm.

Here is Thomas Zehetmair in a beautiful performance of the second movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto:



And next, here is Mr. Zehetmair with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées:



Finally, here’s a recording of the Beethoven Violin Sonata #9, as performed by Mr. Zehetmair:



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