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Bach: Violin Concertos [Box set]

Itzhak Perlman , Pinchas Zukerman , J.S. Bach , Daniel Barenboim , English Chamber Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. AllegroItzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 9:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. AdagioItzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 8:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro assaiItzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Violin Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. [Allegro]Itzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Violin Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. LargoItzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Violin Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056 (1986 Digital Remaster): III. PrestoItzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. [Allegro]Itzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. AndanteItzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 7:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro assaiItzhak Perlman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. VivaceItzhak Perlman/Pinchas Zukerman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. Largo ma non tantoItzhak Perlman/Pinchas Zukerman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 7:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (1986 Digital Remaster): III. AllegroItzhak Perlman/Pinchas Zukerman/English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005NPIX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Outstanding collection of Bach violin concertos performed by beloved violinist Itzhak Perlman. Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, I'll confess, I bought the CD just for the first three tracks, but what amazing tracks they are! Arguably, it's hard to find a better rendition of Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 in E, particularly the first and third movements. Best of all, the first movement is not the truncated version, as one is apt to hear regarding certain recordings of Bach's concerti (e.g., the 3rd Brandenburg Concerto), but rest assured, this one is rendered in its entirety. Furthermore the price can't be beat. So, if you're in the market for recordings of these concerti, what are you waiting for?
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, cantabile, singing rendition of Baroque music January 24, 2004
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I bought this CD to get the full collection of Bach Violin concertos and have been very happy with it. What a nice addition to have the two violin concerto too. I'm working on the Bach Concerto #1 in A minor and this has been a great help. Perlman's playing is clear, and beautiful, and the violin really sings in the solo sections. Zukerman and Perlman do a great job in the double concerto, with the two violins in engaged in a lively and warm conversation. You'll enjoy this CD whether to learn or relax.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but a tad lacking somewhat. May 21, 2004
By benlch
Format:Audio CD
The bach violin concertos have for me always been something ive always enjoyed listening to over and over. I suppose that is why such music is called classical music - it is timeless and still well loved after 1-2 hundred years after its 1st performance.
I own 3 renditions of bach violin concertos - by Takako Nishizaki, Nigel Kennedy and this one. There is no denying that Pearlman, Baremboim and Zuckerman are big names - thats why i bought it in the 1st place. While i generally have no complaints about the playing, the sound quality and clarity and overall coordination betn soloist and orchestra all which are pretty good or outstanding, my 'grouse' is a matter of the interpretation. I kind of felt that it lacked a bit of 'bounce' or 'ooomph' so typical of baroque music since the tempo is somewhat slower compared to that played by Takako Nishizaki (my favourite) or Kennedy (fastest). I have also heard that Yehudi Menuhin also had an outstanding recording of these concertos.
On the other hand, i suppose that is the beauty of classical music. There is no right or wrong interpretation of music. Everything is subject to the personal tastes of conductor and soloists - how they feel it should be played/expressed. that's why no 2 pieces sound alike. As a listener ,as to which recording is best is up to one's own personal taste. One man's meat is another man's poison.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniformly excellent March 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
One of the most unique aspects of this disc is the inclusion of the G minor Violin Concerto, thought to be a reconstruction of an earlier work for oboe and harpsichord.

Playing is uniform across the board, although audio quality seems to suffer a bit from muddied closeness in the first concerto (E Major). The 'Double' shines forth in the magnetic interplay between Perlman and Zuckerman; the friendly competition between the two gives the piece a "dueling fiddles" feel that is only surpassed by Andrew Manze's rollicking account.

Perlman's reading of the 'Double' with Isaac Stern on Sony's Masterworks series is superior in many respects, but this recording is certainly a bargain, and the love both soloists have for this music is palpable throughout.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding and excellent value October 13, 2005
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This CD is a bargain, a wonderful collection of music at a very reasonable price for the quality.

The first movement, Vivace, of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor bursts forth at the listener, like a fully present sun rise. Immediately the elegant echo effects begin as the two violins compliment each other, sometimes overlapping to create a tapestry of rich warm textured sound, always energetic and overty apparant. No sooner is the listener accoustomed to the refrain patterns of the two violins, than the patterns change and increase in complexity. In the second movement, the Largo, ma non tanto, the piece becomes a little sweet, a little sentimental but it is complexity that saves it from sentiment. In the third movement, the Allegro, we are treated to a robust and intricate maze of scales, interweaving, ascending, descending, taking us to the fully balanced and refined close.

The price is very reasonable for excellent music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasing March 15, 2008
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I can understand the criticism and praise from the reviewers on this interpretation. Once again, it's a matter of taste and ultimately liking the balance between technical skill and expression. Sometimes the tempi can alter the course of appreciation as well, and I think that's more the case here.

To my ear, this is a very solid and beautiful rendition. Perlman plays with a very distinct crispness and Zukerman contributes handsomely on this recording. The slow movement of the double violin concerto has almost a pulse to it which is unique but I don't find it distracting or taking away from the movement at all. All the pieces are played beautifully with feeling and mastery of technique. I have several versions of these pieces and this is the one I come back to most often.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interpretation May 29, 2007
By V. Egli
Format:Audio CD
I was looking for a recording of Bach's Concerto No. 1 in A minor so that I could hear how to better play the accompaniment (on piano) and my daughter could hear a master play the piece on violin. We listened to 3 different recordings, and this was our favorite by far. The concerto was played at a great tempo with just the right amount of vibrato.
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4.0 out of 5 stars warm and lively
If your ears have become accustomed to "historically informed performance," then this might strike you as a bit too warm -- the orchestral texture is heavier than I ideally like,... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Bach!
Absolutely love this album. Very calming for relaxing before bedtime or anytime you need to calm your nerves. I listen at bedtime and especially when I get migraines.
Published 1 month ago by STACY A. AHMAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performance!!
I bought this along with the Julia Fisher recording of these pieces, and I wish I could somehow compare them in the same review. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable disc
Some familiar classical pieces played by a master of the violin. From beginning to end, it is enjoyment at its best.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Performance fine; sound mediocre
As expected from the names on the label, the performance is inspired and flawless. However, the sound is 'flat', as it might have been on a bad record, with sub-par acoustics.
Published 11 months ago by Gunter Kohlhaw
4.0 out of 5 stars I Think This Is.................
I think this is the same recording that RCA distributed on its Red Seal label which I purchased new on a cassette in 1990, even though RCA sold EMI in 1935. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!!!!
I am enjoying this cd very much! Of course, you have got to love Perlman!
Published on October 15, 2010 by Music Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Perlman shines!
As a classic violinist, Itzhak Perlman is amoung the greatest. Add his ability to the genius of Bach then just sit back, relax and enjoy an hour or so of beautiful music.
Published on November 18, 2009 by Desert Dor
5.0 out of 5 stars a Daily Deal great find
I noticed this album in the mp3 newsletter in the top mp3 album list for $0.99 one day, so I bought it, as I am a fan of both Bach's music and Itzhak Perlman's performances. Read more
Published on July 10, 2009 by L. Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Inviting concertos for the casual classical fan
I am neither a musician nor a huge classical music fan. However, I do enjoy classical music on occasion and especially Bach. Read more
Published on January 16, 2009 by Nathan Beauchamp
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