Akiko Suwanai - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos

Akiko Suwanai - J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
Genre: Classical
Duration: 59:48
Artist: Akiko Suwanai
Album: J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
Release Date: May 2, 2006
Styles: Concerto

Akiko Suwanai (born in 1972) is one of the brightest violinists to have emerged in the late 20th century, winning the Tchaikovsky International Competition, the youngest person to do so, in 1990. She has gone on to an impressive concert and recording career that encompasses both traditional repertoire and world premieres.

Her 2006 album J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos was an instant success. Her performance is impressive: incisive, nuanced, and idiomatic. Her tone has an appealing warmth, but she remains true to the character of the music and doesn't lapse into Romantic tone quality or interpretations. She brings a high level of energy and momentum to the fast movements and her slow movements are sensuous with supple, elastic phrasing. Suwanai's program is exceptionally attractive and includes the most popular of Bach's concertos featuring the violin.

Included are the Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043, and the Concerto for violin and oboe, BWV 1060, and the solo violin concertos, BWV 1041 and BWV 1042. Violinist Volkhard Steude and oboist Fran├žois Leleux join her in the double concertos. She's accompanied with verve and sensitivity by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which plays without a conductor but is capably guided by concertmaster Alexander Janiczek. The sound on the beautifully produced album is clean and natural.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043
VivaceAkiko Suwanai3:49
Largo ma non tantoAkiko Suwanai6:37
AllegroAkiko Suwanai7:19
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042
AllegroAkiko Suwanai7:28
AdagioAkiko Suwanai5:50
Allegro assaiAkiko Suwanai2:34
Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R
AllegroAkiko Suwanai4:47
AdagioAkiko Suwanai4:47
AllegroAkiko Suwanai3:25
Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
[Allegro moderato]Akiko Suwanai3:40
AndanteAkiko Suwanai5:55
Allegro assaiAkiko Suwanai3:37

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