with Grumiaux and Krebbers , New Phil, O,de Waart.
Oistrakh with his son on DG 449-844-2 Munich Bach O , Richter
In old sound but a mighty performance Naxos mono 8.110965 .Menuhin with his teacher Enescu. Symphony de Paris , Monteux
There are many performances done in "Historically-Informed" fashion, if you don't mind a less "suave" tone and manner. The violins are played with less vibrato than by Menuhin and Oistrakh, which some listeners like, others don't. Interpretive preference is a matter of both musical education & training and good ol' taste.
I have the following H-I versions on CD, all worthy of a listen:
- Ton Koopman conducting The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; Erato 16165.
- Sigiswald Kuijken conducting La Petite Bande; Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77006.
- Elizabeth Wallfisch conducting Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment; Virgin 59319.
- Andrew Manze conducting The Academy Of Ancient Music; Harmonia Mundi (U.S.A.) 907155.
In observance of period performance, the conductor is one of the two violinists, though in the case of Koopman such is not the case. If recorded sound quality is for you a priority, the Manze/AAM on HM U.S.A. is awfully good, as usual for this great label.
@bdp24 That's odd. When I saw the OP, I immediately thought of Rachel Podger. But when I checked out the Podger/Manze recording on HM on Amazon, there were several 1 star reviews, all complaining about the sound (rather than the performance), describing it unanimously as shrill. Perhaps there's been a reissue.
This piece has a special place in my heart. In 1986 I was a graduate student in DC and knew nothing about classical music. One night I went to see "Children of a Lesser God" in the local theater. The film has a weird soundtrack but at several points the lead character (William Hurt) puts on an LP, always cueing up the middle movement of Bach's Double Violin Concerto. I thought it sounded lovely and went to my local record shop (Melody Records on Dupont Circle) and asked the salesperson if he knew the piece and had a recording he could recommend. He did and handed me Trevor Pinnock's recording on Archive with the English Concert. I brought it home, dropped it into my Meridian MCD, and thus opened my world to a whole new musical genre. Despite the early digital woes, I still love the early Pinnock interpretation and the sonics are pretty good. Since then I've picked up the Ton Koopman LP mentioned above as well as the Andrew Manze CD. The performance in the film soundtrack was clearly modern instruments but I much prefer my Baroque on original instruments. To me they sound so sweet and nimble. Anyway, thanks for listening!