'Rachel Podger created Brecon Baroque in 2007 as the resident orchestra for her annual Brecon Festival. They re first-rate players, lending an intimate one-to-a-part chamber-music quality to these four familiar concertos. Their light, transparent quality encourages some lively tempos the last movement of BWV1041 and the first of BWV1042 are thrilling, thoughtfully shaped and articulated but without inhibiting a powerful sense of propulsion and drive and Podger enhances the da capo of the E major opening movement with some irrepressibly high-spirited decorations. The slow movements of these two (original) concertos are beautifully conceived, the first played with its recurring bass rhythm peacefully relaxed, the second with a foundation of absolute legato not a trace of vibrato over which the soloist sings its melancholy line. ' BBC Music Magazine - November 2010 - George Pratt Performance 5/5 --BBC Music Magazine --BBC Radio 3 - CD Review
Above all this is a community endeavour. Podger's six supporting musicians play alongside with exquisite skill and freshness. They illuminate the secret parts in Bach's dancing counterpoint (there's a lovely example in the first movement of BWV1042) and provide a thrilling kaleidoscope of colours. With playing of this level, ironing the bedsheets is impossible. For, wrapped in concentration, transported in bliss, you'd probably put down the iron and scorch them. ----The Times - Geoff Brown CD of the Week
About the Artist
The dynamic ensemble Brecon Baroque was founded in 2007 by violinist Rachel Podger as resident ensemble at her annual Brecon Baroque Festival. The international line-up consists of some of some of the leading lights in the period-instrument world, such as cellist Alison McGillivray, flautist Katie Bircher, oboist Alexandra Bellamy and violist Jane Rogers, as well as some of Rachel's 'star' former students who now occupy leading positions in many of Europe's finest ensembles.