Magazine article Gramophone

Jansen and Friends Include the Unusual Bach 'Double'

Magazine article Gramophone

Jansen and Friends Include the Unusual Bach 'Double'

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JS Bach Violin Concertos (a)--BWV1041; BWV1042. Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings, BWV1060 (b). Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord(c)-No 3, BWV1016; No 4, BWV1017 Janine Jansen vn with (b) Ramon Ortega Quero ob (a)(b) Boris Brovtsyn, (a)(b)Cindy Albracht, (a)(b) Fredrik Paulsson, (a)(b)Julia-Maria Kretz, (a)(b) Tijmen Huisingh, (a)(b) Monika Urbonaite vns (a)(b)Nimrod Guez, abPauline Sachse vas (a)(b) Jansen vc (a)(b)Rick Stotijn (d)(b) (c) Jan Jansen hpd Decca [F] 478 5362DH (72' * DDD)

For some, a disc of Bach's Violin Concertos is incomplete without the ubiquitous 'Double' in D minor--and on first impression, the choice of the violin-and-oboe 'Double' makes a less obviously compatible companion. Yet this is a distinctive and personal celebration of Jansen's highly inflected playing in the company of friends (an 'ad hoc' band) and challenging the status quo is all part of the picture: marrying these three concertos with two relatively galant pieces from the set of six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord must be a first.

Most noticeable in the general concerto canvas is how Jansen's quixotic, bold and spontaneous toying with Bach so often finds itself checked by her 'friends', whose detached, super-polite period-parody articulations are not dissimilar to Riccardo Chailly's Baroque way with modem instruments. …

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