Just the one this time. I got an unexpected $10 gift credit for Amazon, so I got this:
After the disappointment of the Anne-Sophie Mutter set and the spottiness of Henryk Szeryng's performances, I decided I still needed an exemplary recording of the three extant Bach violin concertos, which is one of the most basic necessities in any Bach collection. I had initially tried this Grumiaux performance but passed over it because of the way he's spotlighted--just a little loud compared to the backing orchestra. However, his tempos are spot on, his playing is superb, his tone is much more brilliant than on his solo sonatas and partitas from 1960, and Krebbers complements him perfectly in BWV 1043. Plus, the production is typical 70s Philips: deliciously clear, warm, and present. Next to all this, my issues with the balance are very easy to get over. This recording is basically maple syrup in musical form.
I don't have it yet. I just ordered it. But the Decca catalog site has high-bitrate one-minute previews for each track on almost every album, and that's all I needed to determine that this might be the definitive recording for people who like their Bach violin concertos played with medium-fast tempos and without all the period strings/instruments/tuning hoopla that seems to be all the rage these days.
And no, I have no idea what the Silver Line Classics business is all about, but it just so happens that Argyris = Silver, so I feel like it's destiny I would like this recording.