This was a big project with the immense satisfaction of recording three wonderful violin concertos. The aim was to show the development of the violin concerto through centuries. Bach's double concerto for 2 violins and orchestra is well-known, but the concertos by Ivan Mane Jarnović (Giovanni Mane Giornovichi) and Louis Spohr were less known and I wanted to present these great works to a wider public. The three concertos are simply my favourites and hope they become yours too!
The Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043, also known as the Double Concerto, is perhaps one of Bach's most famous works. Bach wrote it between 1730 and 1731 when he was the cantor at the Thomasschule at St.Thomas Church, in Leipzig, Germany. A wonderful dialogue between the 2 violins takes place accompanied by an ever present orchestra. It is considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period.
The Jarnovic concerto is just something special. Ivan Mane Jarnović (Italian: Giovanni Mane Giornovichi) (26 October 1747 – 23 November 1804) was a virtuoso violinist-composer of the 18th century of Croatian origin. He performed in almost all the major centres including Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Stockholm, London etc. Jarnović is considered the epitome of the artist bon vivant. His place of birth is not precisely known: he was born either in Palermo or at sea en route from Dubrovnik to Palermo, Sicily. Much loved amongst the aristocratic s of the time, he was known for living life to the fullest. Jarnović died in St. Petersburg, Russia apparently at the billiard table.
The violin concerto depicts his joyful, happy nature as well as his immense skills as a violinist. Listen to the beautiful 2nd movement as well as the joyous 1st and 3rd ones - it might remind you of the early Mozart.
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