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  HMU 807155
  Bach: Solo & Double Violin Concertos - Podger/Manze
  Bach: Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins BWV1043, Concerto in A minor for Violin BWV 1041, Concerto in E major for Violin BWV1042, Concerto in D minor for Two Violins BWV1060

Andrew Manze, Rachel Podger (violin)
The Academy of Ancient Music
Andrew Manze (director)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by brenda October 28, 2004 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I am inclined to agree with Nick C about the sound of this disc.

Whearas the performances are fine, the recording makes the soloists sound quite wiry and very glassy and abrasive. This detracts from the enjoyment you can take in the performances.

I found the sound thin and tiring, with none of the bloom of my favourite SACDs. I find it hard to believe that this was originally recorded in surround.

I suspect that this will go onto ebay.

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Review by stvnharr July 18, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I had this disc in my cd collection for years, or since shortly after it was released some years ago. Now I have it in sacd. I always liked the playing and the music. In sacd it all sounds better. This is certainly a worthy sacd to have in one's collection. Highly recommended.
Certainly would be nice if Harmonia Mundi would redo some of Manze's other discs into sacd. They are all quite good.

I have had the Hilary Hahn sacd of these same concertos for some time. I find the main difference between the two is the difference in sound between modern instruments and baroque instruments. Of course there is also the oboe in the BWV1060 Concerto, rather than a second violin. Though I prefer the baroque sound and Manze's playing, there's still a lot to like in the Hahn disc.

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Review by ~~Phil~~ December 9, 2004 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
A good performance - Although not really that inspired - I love these Bach concertos, but this sacd is a little off the mark, sound quality is a little less than what I have come to expect from current major SACD releases - I feel you would do better listening to the old Philips cd recording of Salvatore Accardo & The Chamber Orch. of Europe...a great performance - a great recording - even for a mid 80's release. I definetley will buy more music in the future from Rachel Podger & Andrew Manze...I think they are both wonderfully talented with much more to come...This release just missed the mark a bit.

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Works: 4  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Johann Sebastian Bach - Oboe and Violin Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060R
Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042