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This group is in full and virtuosic command of its instruments, allowing
confident plunges into risk-taking as well as lovely exploitation of the varied colors. Period instrument performances don't get any better than this. - American Record Guide
Bach's violin concerto in A minor, BWV 1041, with Cecilia Bernardini an outstanding soloist, was even better. The aching lyricism of the slow movement attained a rare eloquence. - Financial Times
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.
The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation as one of the leading exponents of historical performance, under the direction of prize-winning historical performance specialist John Butt OBE.
The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for its inquisitive approach, shining new light into some of the best known pieces of the Baroque repertoire.
In addition to a GRAMMY nomination, Dunedin Consort has won two Gramophone Awards: the 2007 ‘Baroque Vocal’ Award for Handel: Messiah and the 2014 ‘Choral’ Award for Mozart: Requiem.
Dunedin Consort’s first instrumental release, J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos, was named Gramophone ‘Choice’ and awarded five stars by both BBC Music Magazine and The Guardian.
Johann Sebastian Bach|
Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
6. Allegro assai
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
10. Allegro assai
Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043
12. Largo ma non tanto
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