Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043 – Work No. 93 in our collection

Johann Sebastian Bach (21.03.1685 – 28.07.1750) was the greatest composer of the baroque era. He created a vast output of concertos, cantatas, choral, organ and keyboard works; many of which are masterpieces that are still regularly performed in the concert hall and on disc.

The Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043, also known as the Double Violin Concerto, is one of the most famous works by Johann Sebastian Bach and considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period. The concerto is scored for two solo violins, continuo and strings, and follows the typical Baroque concerto pattern of three movements (fast-slow-fast). Bach’s interplay between the soloists is exquisite as the melodies interweave each other in a continual stream of contrapuntal melodies. The slow movement is surely one of Bach’s most sublime creations.

There are a number of highly enjoyable recordings of this essential work which inckude those by Rachel Podger and her Brecon Baroque on Channel Classics, a 1978 release from Arthur Grumiaux and Herman Krebbers with Les Solistes Romands. However the version that gives us the most consistent satisfaction is the 1961 version by David and Igor Oistrakh with Eugene Goossens conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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