album: J.S. Bach Violin Concertos

Itzhak Perlman/Pinchas Zukerman/Daniel Barenboim/English Chamber Orchestra/J.S. Bach. Violin Concertos. EMI CDC7478562, 1986 (recordings originally released 1972 & 1975). (on CD, second-hand)

Great performances of great music. Perlman plays two violin concertos, BWV 1041 & 1042, Zukerman plays an arrangement for violin of the piano concerto BWV 1056 (one of my very favoritest Bach pieces), and they both play the double concerto, BWV 1043. If I had the original album that the majority of these performances are taken from (everything but 1041), it would easily get a 9/10. Probably a 10/10. But I’ve got to take off for the packaging. The cover art is hilarious, so I can look past that bit of awful. But the liner notes are unforgivably awful. First of all, there’s a little mini essay which is some of the worst writing on music I’ve ever read. Again, I could look past this, because you expect such drivel from liner notes. But, you see, the thing is: they do not tell you who is playing which pieces. I mean, what the hell? It’s bad enough that classical labels have a conspiracy to not include discographical information on any of their CDs, but not even crediting the performers? How is this considered acceptable?

8/10 (Great).


2 Responses to album: J.S. Bach Violin Concertos

  1. Meghan says:

    Hi Daniel,

    8/10? It sounds like you really enjoyed the album…despite the colorful cover art. I wanted to just write you a short note and let you know that Itzhak Perlman will be on Charlie Rose on Bloomberg Television tonight. He’ll be discussing some of his upcoming performances and his transition to teaching and conducting. If you’re interested in watching it, you can find your local listings here:

    All the best,

    Community Manager
    Bloomberg Television

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