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?