Free Download: JS Bach's First Violin Concerto by Frank Peter Zimmermann

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Free Download: JS Bach's First Violin Concerto by Frank Peter Zimmermann

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This week our free download is the first movement of JS Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor BWV 1041, courtesy of Hännsler Classic. It is performed by Frank Peter Zimmermann with the Berliner Barock Solisten, and received four stars for performance and five for recording in the March issue of BBC Music Magazine.

The concerto is thought to have been composed at Köthen between 1717 and 1723 during his time serving as 'Court Kapellmeister and Director of the Princely Chamber Musicians'. It was a very productive period of music-making for Bach, who also wrote the Brandenburg Concertos and the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier at this time.

'Zimmermann, who is more associated with Romantic and contemporary composers, here lightens his touch, crisps up his articulation and reduces his vibrato, to produce a vaguely period style', writes Kate Bolton-Porciatti. 'Drawn from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Baroque Soloists yield a cut-glass sound on modernised period instruments. As one might expect, these are honed, pristine accounts with scrupulous attention to Bach's filigree writing.'


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