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Bach: Sonatas and Partitas Vol. 2

1 Jan 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1999
  • Label: Channel Classics Records
  • Copyright: 2007 Channel Classics Records
  • Total Length: 1:05:47
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,640 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
From a casual classical listener... 24 Jan 2001
By "tmalates" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a casual fan of Bach, and, particularly, of his compositions for the violin. I first heard of this recording in an article on NPR radio and even through the tinny, crappy, car speakers, in the parking lot outside of my work, I was taken aback and overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of Ms. Poger's interpretations. I immediately purchased the CD. I sometime throw it on just for "background music", but I always find myself seated in front of the stereo, eyes closed, and totally enraptured. The sound quality is superb (hauntingly clear), and that adds to the enjoyment. Truly an emotional experience. One of my favorite CDs of all time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Marvellous! Wonderful! 8 Aug 2000
By John Reekie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This will be short review. This (and Volume 1, I count the two together) is a sensational recording. So full of life and beauty, truly a wonderful wonderful performance. And I am not normally much of a violin fan, preferring the cello. Buy both recordings, you will not regret it. Forget Manze, this one you will keep for a lifetime.

Technically, an excellent recording as well, I personally find old recordings, however well performed, hard to listen to because of the lack of fidelity. But still, there are few truly well recorded modern recordings. This is one of them.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Justified Sequel 12 Jun 2000
By Good Bye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the old saying goes: one good turn deserves another. However in this case, both good turns were done by Channel Classics and Rachel Podger for the benefit of those among us who appreciate classical music. In what is essentially a continuation of her Bach, Sonatas and Partitas, Volume 1, Volume 2 brings us an additional selection of Miss Podger's finely wrought performances of old J.S.'s best work performed on her magnificent baroque violin.
Everything that can be said about the first volume can be said about the second. It is a delight, exhibiting the foundation of precise control necessary for any truly advanced performance of Bach's work while allowing gentleness and subtlety to flavor the essential piece. When Miss Podger's technical and interpretive skills, and her profound understanding of the works interweave with the softer tone of her gut stringed violin, the result is pure auditory ambrosia.
One does not often equate the name of Bach with sensuality, yet when Miss Podger plays, there is now better word to describe the sensation. Perhaps it is the sound of steel wrapped strings that has for so long kept so many in the impression that Bach's works are somewhat mechanical and have a retentive perfectionism as their main spirit. The use of the baroque violin with its gut strings does away with such notions. One wonders what Miss Podger could do with Vivaldi?
This is the type of recording that you will listen to again and again. Each time it is played, nuances previously unheard will make their presence known. This is not idle classical music; it should not be played at the office or in the car. This is the type of music best heard at home, lights low, fully relaxed, and sprawled on an accommodating horizontal surface - only then will its fullness be completely appreciated. However, some caution is needed when subjecting oneself so entirely to Miss Podger's playing. Such indulgences can be habit forming.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the best... 30 Jan 2001
By Le biberon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
...CDs in my collection. My 11 year old son (normally into Nintendo 64, PC gaming and flag football) was tired, irritable and buried in pre-algebra homework. The first time I put this CD on he wandered into the room, sat down without a word and - as he listened - a look of weary calm came over him. Podger's playing is sublime. If you are starting a classical music collection, I commend this (& Volume 1) to you as being early contenders for your money.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rachel Podger's Bach - some strengths, some weaknesses 16 July 2013
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
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UK violin virtuoso Rachel Podger's 1998/99 recording of JS Bach's famous 6 solo violin works have some commendable strengths but also some remarkable weaknesses. Let me tabulate them:

Podger's ability to play multiple polyphonic lines on the violin is remarkable (historic?) and the best I've ever heard
Flawless technically
No intonation issues, ever
Audiophile-grade recording

She plays everything mezzo forte
No excitement or emotion, ever
Doesn't use different tonal colors

Her issues with dynamics are surprising. Here we have a virtuoso violinist who can bring out the most remarkable fugues on her fiddle, establishing the different voices' continuity and maintaining their separation, at a level which I don't think was achieved by even the very best violinists of an earlier era. In the wonderful fugue in the 2nd sonata (track 12), Podger manages its complex texture in an astounding way. Yet the finale of the 2nd sonata (track 10) depends on the alternation between soft and loud, something she barely brings out -- though it is something even mid-level violinists can do. A similar issue occurs in the famous opening prelude of the 3rd Partita, where the dynamic contrasts seem like an intrinsic - though unwritten - part of Bach's musical conception yet are not brought out in this performance. It's difficult to know what to make of all of this: Podger achieves a technical feat that was unattainable forty years ago but flunks on intermediate-level technique.

In general, I find the recording betrays a lack of emotion and passion. Podger just doesn't reflect much love of the music here. She's a cool customer. I also was dismayed by the lack of coloristic effects, something that enhances the sonatas and partitas in other performances.

I have to confess that by the end of my listening to this disc, I was wearied by the monotone dynamics and timbre that Podger brought to the piece. Her ability in the polyphonic sections such as the fugue though is historic (I'm interested in comments about recordings prior to this that handled the polyphony as well so please post your thoughts below) and the sound is exemplary.
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