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Vitality and interaction between all players are the main virtues,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Violinkonzerte Bwv 1041-1043 & 1064r (Audio CD)
To characterize this recording I would use the words vitality and interaction. The Freiburgers "attack" these works with astonishing vitality and energy. They literally "throw themselves" into these pieces. One senses their enthusiasm. These are wholehearted performances without fear of taking ricks. As a result they do not apear to aim at elegance and sophistication but are more earthy and "rustical". I imagine that this could have been the way Bach heard them at his Cafe Zimmermann concerts. Some might find this interpretation rather rough (robust is a better term) and a frend of mine found the tone of the soloists "scratchy", which could be the result of recording the instruments very close-up. In German one says: there is more "dirt" to be heard. However,this doesn't prevent me from enjoying their realistically captured sound. In short these are invigorating and stimulating performances. This doesn't imply that the slow movements aren't played with great inwardness and delicacy. They are, and are taken fairly slowly and deliberately with much feeling.
What however struck me in paricular is the way in which the soloists and "orchestra" interact.
In fact, as one reviewer aptly put it, all the players seem to "rebound from one another". Another reviwer noted that "the soloists emerge from the orchestra" - and recede into it. Constant dialogue! For those who view these works primarily as "concertos" for a solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra I would advise keeping away from this release. What one hears here is a tightly-woven and intricate "knit" of all instruments. The gain in terms of the contrapunctal structure is immense. One literally hears these works with new ears and in this sense I agree that these performances are revelatory. One example: one gets to hear so-called "Liegetöne" (notes that are left lying in the background while others move on) more clearly than one is used to. Of course the soloists are vitally important and all three on this disc play their parts admirably, with subtle articulation and variety of tone. Does one need star-violinists for this music? I think not. These are not very difficult pieces to play - technically. Musicality, knowledge of Baroque performing practice and the ability to interact are more important.
In short this release was a discovery for me although I already owned about ten other versions and had probably heard over twenty. For those who prefer a more soloistic and more elegant approach the new Mullova/Dantone recording can be highly recommended. Viktoria Mullova is a great virtuoso and she plays her part with restraint, more smoothly but with equally fine articulation. She emphasizes longer melodic lines and her tone is definitely more beautiful - nothing "scatchy" here. However she also interacts with the "orchestra" less. Both Freiburger and Mullova are excellent, so why not buy both in order to compare. They are very different and go to show two ways to play Bach. In addition only two of these concertos are to be found on both disc, the other two are different. Mullova included two arrangements of harpsichord concertos, the Freiburger an arrangement of the concerto for three harpsichords. All are interesting works.
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