February 6 sees two violinists closely lined with Orchestra of the Swan (artistic director and concertmaster David Le Page, and onetime associate artist Tasmin Little) tussling in Double Concertos
by Vivaldi and Bach.
In these recordings Baumann collaborated with several local horn players, including the Concertgebouw's Adri aan van Woudenberg and his own pupils from Essen Mahir Cakar and Christoph Kohler in double concertos
by Leopold Mozart, Witt, Pokorny, and Vivaldi.
CMQ (1/2008) has already reviewed the first part with the three double concertos
from the turn of the 1930s/40s (for flute and violin and twice for two violins): as an exceptional recording, full of lucid and good-humoured music, infectiously light-footed and juicy, often radiating a unique palette of colours.
3 (82876-594112) with Horowitz and the Brahms Violin and Double Concertos
with Heifetz and Piatigorsky (82876-59410) stood out.
Thus one might just as easily categorize these works as double concertos
. Similarly, to imply that the early 'Concert Francois" (53: gi) is a concerto for two oboes, bassoon, and strings is to exaggerate the role of th e wind parts.
The Arcangeli Baroque Strings - an American group new to me - offer half the set, including three of the four concertos for four violins and the popular solo and double concertos
nos.6, 8 and 11.
The Rosetti piece is one of the better known double concertos