BACH: Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor BWV 1060. Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041. Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043. Violin Concerto in E BWV 1042.Concerto for Three Violins in D BWV 1064.
Benjamin Hudson, Wolfgang Kussmaul and Midori Tanaka, violinists; Clara Dent, oboist; Stuttgart Chamber Orch/Benjamin Hudson, cond.
TACET DVD AUDIO D 111 (5.1 channel) TT: 87 min.

MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E flat, Op. 20. Quartet in D, Op. 44 No. 1.
Auryn Quartet; Minguet Quartet (Octet).
TACET DVD AUDIO D 94 (5.1 channel) TT: 57:10

The merits of Tacet's approach to surround sound are discussed in a previous review of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and a coupling of Peter and the Wolf and Saint-Saën's Carnival of the Animals (along with a demonstration of surround sound) (REVIEW). These two new releases have the same splendid sonic environment with instruments widely separated. CD notes include diagrams showing where each instrument is placed for each work. Sometimes instruments are moved about for various works; the harpsichord is in four locations for the six Bach concertos, the solo violin usually in front, but not always. For Mendelssohn's Octet, all eight instruments are precisely placed. The listener is right in the middle of the music-making, a very pleasant if perhaps unnatural place to be. Both the Auryn and Minguet quartets have been around for more than two decades and play superbly. The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra is the same ensemble (with different players today, of course) that made many fine Decca recordings under Karl Munchinger more than a half-century ago. All of the soloists are distinguished artists.

I enjoyed both of these DVD audio disks thoroughly. Tacet seems to have limited distribution in the United States, but you can order them from this address:

R.E.B. (November 2004)