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Bach & Part

Bach & Part

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Arabella Steinbacher presents works for violin and orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt, together with violinist Christoph Koncz and the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Bach’s violin concertos have had a very special significance for Steinbacher ever since hearing the A Minor Concerto at the age of four, an experience that made her decide to become a musician. This seminal work is performed here alongside the E Major Violin Concerto and the Double Concerto in D Minor, on which she is joined by violinist Christoph Koncz. The Bach concertos are framed by two of Arvo Pärt’s most profound and enigmatic pieces: Fratres and Spiegel im Spiegel; the former in the version for violin, string orchestra and percussion, the latter rendered in a version for violin and piano, together with Peter von Wienhardt. Bach and Pärt may be centuries apart, but for Steinbacher, they have a spiritual and sacred origin in common, and their music resonates deeply with her. Arabella Steinbacher is a multiple award-winner with an extensive Pentatone discography, including Mozart’s complete violin concertos (2014 and 2021), Four Seasons (Vivaldi & Piazzolla, 2020), Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos (2015) and many others. Christoph Koncz and the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester make their Pentatone debut.

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I’ve long been a fan of Steinbacher’s; I’ve raved about her playing in a wide variety of repertoire: Bartok, Brahms, and Hindemith and Britten. Here she plays two Bach Violin Concertos: in E major and A minor, and a Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, with another fine violinist, Christian Kontz. Once again Pentatone provides fine accompaniment: the agile and stylish Stuttgarter Kammerorchester.

Two Arvo Pärt pieces bookend the three Bach concertos. His Fratres comes in many versions; this one, for violin, string orchestra and percussion, is from 1992. This is a suitable prelude to the meat of the program: hushed and reverential, but in the end as dramatic a curtain raiser as a Rossini overture. The final piece, Spiegel im Spiegel, in its original 1978 version for violin and piano, acts as a kind of valedictory encore. Once again, Arabella Steinbacher has a fine partner, in pianist Peter von Wienhard.

-- Music for Several Instruments (Dean Frey)

From the evidence of this new Pentatone album of Bach concertos, Steinbacher's artistry of the violin reveals an ever-increasing maturity. The lovely slender tone, flawless cantabile and sheer love of melody she has displayed in her earlier recordings is still there, along with an increased awareness of the harmonic basis of the great works of music she performs. And her sure hand in shaping the graceful contour of a given melody is more skilled and knowing than ever.

-- Audio Visual Club of Atlanta (Phil Muse)

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: February 10, 2023


  • UPC: 8717306260176


  • Catalog Number: PTC5187017


  • Label: PENTATONE


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Baroque, 20th Century


  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Arvo Pärt


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester


  • Performer: Arabella Steinbacher, Christoph Koncz



Works:


  1. Fratres

    Composer: Arvo Pärt

    Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)

    Conductor: Christoph Koncz


  2. Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)

    Conductor: Christoph Koncz


  3. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)

    Conductor: Christoph Koncz


  4. Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)

    Conductor: Christoph Koncz


  5. Spiegel im Spiegel

    Composer: Arvo Pärt

    Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)

    Conductor: Christoph Koncz