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The Grand Turk giving a Concert to his Mistress (1737) by Charles-André van Loo (1705-1765)
Reproduced by permission of The Wallace Collection, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55347
Recording details: May 1989
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1989
Total duration: 17 minutes 25 seconds

'Inspired performances combining a satisfying historical approach with interpretations that explore the music's emotional depth' (American Record Guide)

'Exceptional' (The Guardian)

Concerto for violin in E major, BWV1042

Allegro  [8'06]
Adagio  [6'27]
Allegro assai  [2'52]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The first movement of the Violin Concerto in E major (BWV1042) is in a clear ternary form. The opening rising major triad provides the basis for Bach’s exceptionally rich thematic workings of this material in both the outer major sections, and the more lyrical minor centre section, which closes with a mini-cadenza for the soloist. Checking the soloist’s line against the original Hering manuscript produced an interesting melodic variant in the two bars before the cadenza: the ‘new’ version has been included in this performance. The middle section has some particularly fine writing for the violas—another example of Bach never ignoring the parts which lesser composers might treat simply as an accompaniment to the soloist. As with the A minor concerto, the Adagio second movement (in the relative minor) is based on an ostinato bass line, over which the solo violin unfolds its gently ornamented melody. The final dance-like movement is a relative rarity amongst Bach’s works, a rondo. Between five repetitions of this sixteen-bar dancing theme, come four episodes in which the soloist shines, each episode increasing in speed and brilliance.

from notes by Robert King © 1989

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