Summer Strings - Newly Recorded

June 18 - August 15 | 2020


J.S. Bach Double Concerto  

Recorded Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 PM

Alexander Kerr violin and director
Concertmaster, Michael L. Rosenberg Chair

Nathan Olson violin
Co-Concertmaster, Fanchon & Howard Hallam Chair

J.S. BACH  Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and Orchestra, BWV 1043
I. Vivace
II. Largo ma non tanto
III. Allegro

The 'Double Concerto' in D minor BWV 1043 for two violins, strings and continuo is arguably the most loved and most often-performed concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). The exact date of its composition is not known but the main body of Bach's orchestral output originated during his richly productive years as primarily instrumental Kapellmeister at the court of Prince Leopold in Cöthen, Germany, from 1717 to 1723. At the heart of this three-movement concerto is a warmly and profoundly expressive Largo fugal discourse between the two soloists, described by the great 19th century Bach scholar Philipp Spitta as "a true pearl of noble, heartfelt song". 


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