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The Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043, also
known as the Double Violin Concerto or "Bach Double", is perhaps one of the most
famous works by J. S. Bach and considered among the best examples of the work of
the late Baroque period. Bach wrote it between 1717 and 1723 when he was the
capellmeister at the court of Anhalt-Köthen, Germany. The concerto is
characterized by the subtle yet expressive relationship between the violins
throughout the work. The musical structure of this piece uses fugal imitation
and much counterpoint.
The Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major, K. 364
(320d), was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. At the time of its composition
in 1779, Mozart was on a tour of Europe that included Mannheim and Paris. The
composition's complex orchestral dynamics reflects the increasing technical
competence of the European orchestra of that era and was strongly influenced by
the Chevalier de Saint-George; whom he met while in Paris and whose Concerto for
Violin and Orchestra Op. 5, No. 2 Mozart quoted in the final movement; as well
as by Mozart's visit to the Mannheim court orchestra during his European tour of
1777 to 1779. Mozart had been experimenting with the sinfonia concertante genre
and this work can be considered his most successful realization in this
cross-over genre between symphony and concerto.
The Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102, by Johannes Brahms is a concerto for
violin, cello and orchestra. The Double Concerto was Brahms' final work for
orchestra. It was composed in the summer of 1887, and first performed on 18
October of that year in the Gürzenich in Köln, Germany. Brahms approached the
project with anxiety over writing for instruments that were not his own. He
wrote it for the cellist Robert Hausmann, a frequent chamber music collaborator,
and his old but estranged friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim. The concerto
was, in part, a gesture of reconciliation towards Joachim, after their long
friendship had ruptured following Joachim's divorce from his wife Amalie.
(Brahms had sided with Amalie in the dispute.)
The concerto makes use of the musical motif A-E-F, a permutation of F-A-E, which
stood for a personal motto of Joachim, Frei aber einsam ("free but lonely").
Thirty-four years earlier, Brahms had been involved in a collaborative work
using the F-A-E motif in tribute to Joachim: the F-A-E Sonata of 1853.
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Jascha Heifetz, violin
Erick Friedman, violin
New Symphony Orchestra of London
Sir Malcom Sargent, conductor
William Primrose, viola
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Izler Solomon, conductor
Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
RCA Victory Symphony Orchestra
Alfred Wallenstein, conductor
|Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)|
|Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043|
2. Largo ma non tanto
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
|Sinfonia concertante in E-Flat, K. 364
4. Allegro maestoso
|Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
|Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello, Op. 102
9. Vivace non troppo