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Arabella Steinbacher|J.S. Bach & Pärt: Works for Violin & Chamber Orchestra

J.S. Bach & Pärt: Works for Violin & Chamber Orchestra

Arabella Steinbacher, Christoph Koncz and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

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Any number of recordings pair Bach's music with those of the minimalists, with Pärt being primary among them. The idea is that Baroque-style instrumental figuration is common to both and offers a contrast to Romantic musical dynamics. However, the equation is often too pat, and the two composers require some mediation to make them fit. That is what happens in this release by violinist Arabella Steinbacher and the conductorless Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Steinbacher's solution is not to enliven Pärt but to push Bach in a minimalist direction with straightforward, rather featureless performances where the violin (or pair of violins in the Concerto for two violins and orchestra in D minor, BWV 1043) is blended into the textures. It works for several reasons. One is Steinbacher's Guarneri violin, with a gorgeous sonority that flows through the slow movements and forms a counterpart to the rich resonances of Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel, which closes the program. Beyond that is the dynamic of the entire program, which takes on a hypnotic quality. One might not choose Steinbacher's Bach concertos on their own, but in this context, they have a cumulative effect. This novel recording is especially recommended to Pärt fans.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Fratres (Version for Violin, String Orchestra & Percussion)
00:12:34

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

Violin Concerto in E Major, Bwv 1042 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

2
I. Allegro
00:07:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

3
II. Adagio
00:06:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

4
III. Allegro assai
00:02:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

Violin Concerto in A Minor, Bwv 1041 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

5
I. Allegro moderato
00:03:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

6
II. Andante
00:06:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

7
III. Allegro assai
00:03:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 "Double Concerto" (Johann Sebastian Bach)

8
I. Vivace
00:03:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christoph Koncz, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

9
Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 "Double Concerto" II. Largo, ma non tanto
00:06:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christoph Koncz, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

10
III. Allegro
00:04:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christoph Koncz, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

11
Spiegel im Spiegel (Version for Violin & Piano)
00:11:26

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Arabella Steinbacher, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter von Wienhardt, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

2023 PENTATONE 2023 (P) PENTATONE

Album review

Any number of recordings pair Bach's music with those of the minimalists, with Pärt being primary among them. The idea is that Baroque-style instrumental figuration is common to both and offers a contrast to Romantic musical dynamics. However, the equation is often too pat, and the two composers require some mediation to make them fit. That is what happens in this release by violinist Arabella Steinbacher and the conductorless Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Steinbacher's solution is not to enliven Pärt but to push Bach in a minimalist direction with straightforward, rather featureless performances where the violin (or pair of violins in the Concerto for two violins and orchestra in D minor, BWV 1043) is blended into the textures. It works for several reasons. One is Steinbacher's Guarneri violin, with a gorgeous sonority that flows through the slow movements and forms a counterpart to the rich resonances of Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel, which closes the program. Beyond that is the dynamic of the entire program, which takes on a hypnotic quality. One might not choose Steinbacher's Bach concertos on their own, but in this context, they have a cumulative effect. This novel recording is especially recommended to Pärt fans.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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