Bach/Vasks: Violin Concertos - Renaud Capuçon/Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Brilliant French violinist's first album as soloist and conductor. Album of the Weekend, 5-6 April 2014.

Renaud Capuçon  is both soloist and conductor in this marvellous recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe , an ensemble Capuçon has described as 'an amazing orchestra, with extraordinary concentration and focus. Within a few seconds of starting to play, we were all sharing the same spirit.'

In an unusual move, Capucon has chosen to juxtapose Bach ’s Violin Concertos in A minor and E major with a haunting work written more than 350 years later: Tala gaisma (Distant Light) by the contemporary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.

Capuçon settled on Distant Light when he realised that the works 'share a purity ... it rises up from a source. When you play it, you don’t get tired … It is healing music, feeding you and giving you energy.'

All of the pieces - both ancient and modern - possess a profound sense of the sacred and Capuçon certainly brings out the full spiritual dimension to, as he says, 'provide food for the soul'.