March 15, 2012 at 3:02 PMToday the "Bach Double" goes up against Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4
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Concerto for Two Violins in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach wrote the piece we call the "Bach Double" between 1730 and 1731, and even after nearly 300 years, it never gets old or tired, at least for this violinist (who has both parts memorized for the first movement and plays it with students very very often!). The first movement is part of nearly every violinist's studies, the second movement is pure gorgeousness and the third is just plain fun. Bach wrote two parts that are equally challenging, and he even has the second violin open the piece. No one has to be the "underdog" in the "Bach Double"!
Here, violinists Isaac Stern and Shlomo Mintz perform the "Bach Double."
Part 1: Movement 1, Vivace:
Part 2: Movement 2, Largo ma non tanto: http://youtu.be/d9ZRN5l97O8
Part 3, Movement 3, Allegro: http://youtu.be/ZLWdVUSPI9w
Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Not only was W.A. Mozart a fine violinist, he also inherited a wealth of knowledge from his father, Leopold, arguably one of the finest violin pedagogues to have lived. Written in 1775, Concerto No. 4 sparkles with good humor, energy and elegance.
Here's a performance from the 2006 BBC Proms with Maxim Vengerov, UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Vengerov plays his own cadenzas.
Part 1: Movement 1, Allegro:
Part 2: Movement 2, Andante cantabile: http://youtu.be/w4c6wPg8vCM
Part 3: Movement 3, Rondeau. Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo: http://youtu.be/jULh4_PyPv0
What despicable luck caused these two to be on the same playlist. I demand a resolution.
I recall one discussion my husband had with his Sinologist colleagues about the beauty of Chinese Erhu music. He told them to listen to Bach Double and then come back to discuss this again. That silenced everyone instantly.
Such a pity I discovered the tournamet during the Bruch vs Shostakovich battle
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