Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), Norwegian classical violinist Vilde Frang performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Recorded at the hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt on December 3, 2021.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 is based on the three-movement Venetian concerto model, albeit with a few unusual features as each movement has “un-Italian characteristics”. The concerto was written when the German composer worked for the court of Köthen or when he was in Leipzig.
The concerto is written for violin, strings, and continuo in the following movements:
- Allegro, meter of 4/4 in ritornello form in E major
- Adagio, 3/4, with a ground bass in C-sharp minor
- Allegro assai, 3/8, with an overall structure of a rondo in E major
While there are two 18th-century scores, neither is autographed; however, Bach re-used the concerto as the model for his Harpsichord Concerto in D major, BWV 1054, found in his 1737-39 autographed manuscript of these works.
Vilde Frang Bjærke (born 19 August 1986) is a Norwegian classical violinist.
She began playing the violin by the Suzuki method at four. She studied at Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt in Oslo, with Kolja Blacher at Musikhochschule Hamburg and Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy. She worked with Mitsuko Uchida as a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner in 2007 and was a scholarship-holder from 2003 to 2009 in the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
She regularly appears at festivals in Salzburg, Verbier, Lucerne, London Proms, Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lockenhaus, Mostly Mozart Festival, Prague Spring Music Festival, and George Enescu Festival Bucharest. As a soloist and in recital, Vilde has performed at venues such as the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Bozar Brussels, Rudolfinum, Tchaikovsky Hall, in Vancouver Recital Series, Boston Celebrity Series, San Francisco Performances, and at Carnegie Hall.
Vilde Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics artist and her recordings have received numerous awards, including the Grand Prix du Disque, Edison Klassiek Award, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Award.
Since 2020, she is an artistic board member of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival.
Vilde Frang plays the 1734 “Rode” Guarnerius, on a generous loan by a European benefactor.
- Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 (Bach) on Wikipedia
- Vilde Frang on Wikipedia
- Vilde Frang’s biography on her official website
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