In addition to its glorious Decca engineering, this CD has the advantage of a fairly small group of players (string distribution 3-3-2-2-1), making for great transparency of sound. Jaap Schröder takes the concertos with wonderful lightness of touch and a relaxed feel about his playing, stressing the dance-like rhythms in Bach's music. The solo violin (violins on the double concerto) are placed in the foreground, and the bass line is not so heavy as on some of the other recordings. In the Double Concerto, Christopher Hogwood replaces the harpsichord with a chamber organ, which, if you listen carefully, seems to be ideal to give the concerto just the right "feeling". This is a grandiose piece of musicianship!
Performed by Jaap Schröder with Christopher Hirons as second violin and accompanied by the Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Christopher Hogwood.