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Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo

5 Dec 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1999
  • Label: Channel Classics Records
  • Copyright: 2006 Channel Classics Records
  • Total Length: 1:16:02
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  • ASIN: B001H982H6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,552 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those recordings which transforms a work. I had struggled for years to like the Sonatas and Partitas, but a succession of recordings by great violinists had left me feeling thoroughly excluded by them. When I heard Rachel Podger, I was able to see the utter delight and involving beauty in the pieces. She loses absolutely none of their intellectual weight, but makes them dance, glow and sparkle. In the great Chaconne from the D minor Partita, for example, I had always previously reached the end feeling rather wrung out and exhausted with the effort of trying to penetrate a difficult and forbidding piece. With Podger's recording I find myself engaged, carried along and very sorry when the final, breath-holding not dies away.

Rachel Podger has established herself as one of the truly great baroque violinists of our age, and here she is at her wondeful best. I cannot recommend this disc too highly - it is truly outstanding.

You may like to know that Volumes 1 and 2 have been issued together at budget price Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo. The two single volumes are well worth the price; the Complete set is an absolute bargain!
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
About Time 19 Dec 1999
By Andres Sender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'd been hoping for a Podger recording of the solo works by Bach ever since hearing her on a few of the Palladian Ensemble CDs. I like the Kuijken recordings but Podger's very 'vocal' articulation and note-shaping made me hope for something I would like even more.
I've been listening to this CD for several months now, and I find it to be more than I'd hoped.
There is a sense of liquidity to Podger's playing that comes from both the minute agile sense of detail she can bring to the shape of a single note, and the consistent interconnectedness and flow which she preserves throughout the pieces, regardless of interpretive pushing and pulling or strong articulation. Her tone adds to the effect by being a little sweet, without being monochromatic.
I am particularly happy with her interpretive shaping. There is always a kind of tug of war in any performance, between the essential character and pulse of the piece, and the esthetic exaggerations and accents which are used to 'bring it to life'. My favorite performing artists are the ones who seem most able to pull in both directions at the same time, working them together while maximizing the expressive tensions of the piece.
A well-conceived interpretation rewards repeated listening with layer after layer of new discoveries and revelations; Rachel Podger's Bach is a series of integrated flowing gems cut with clarity and artistry to reveal structured and seemingly inexhaustible depths.
Did I mention that I was a fan? :-)
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A fine performance 7 Sep 1999
By Matt Holcomb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When listening to a piece for an unaccompanied solo instrument, the music's mood, the fluidity, the dynamic equilibrium, the evenness, rest in one mind interpreting, in one set of fingers playing, and it seems that either the performer can realize and interpret the composer's dream or he/she cannot. With Bach, these rules are exponentially compounded, as the solo instrument becomes a vehicle for a rich polyphonous composer to have a dialogue: a dialogue with the sounds of itself. This poses a problem for many players attempting to tackle Bach's works for solo instrument. Performances either tend to fall in slop and disaster, or they shine.
Podger's performance is just short of being perfect. Her articulation is crisp and clean, that means no sloppy bow or fretmanship, and her sense of rhythm and tempo is balanced with the unity of the whole always kept sharply in focus. There are only a few places, and I say a few, that her focus slips, but they are most likely interpretive choices.
Until Andrew Manze performs the sonatas and partitas, Rachael Podger's performance will rein as the finest period interpretation, if not the finest interpretation on the market. The second and concluding volume will be much anticipated.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Old J.S. Would Be Proud 8 Jun 2000
By Good Bye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Beware! This is a very seductive and dangerous recording. It will very likely cause you to demand more from all future performances of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas than you have ever previously demanded.
Miss Podger's playing is exquisite. Subtle yet strong, she can rightfully be said to have produced one of the finest recordings of the pieces ever yet heard, rivaling those of the great masters and even, dare it be written, surpassing them. However, the artist is only part of the performance, the other part is her magnificent instrument.
A true baroque violin. Few aficionados of baroque music will miss the superior sound of it. It is the softness of the gut strings; vastly superior to those harsh steel wrapped things. The sound does not strike the ear, it caresses it. Truly, such experiences in life are few or more pleasant.
In an industry that seems destined to hurl itself headlong over the cliff of mediocrity chasing popularity in pursuit of financial gain, this simple recording stands alone as a true testament to the passion of one woman for one instrument. Bravo to Rachel Podger! Bravo to Channel Classics. Together may they thrive and save the soul of the industry.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite Performance 16 May 2000
By Brian Forst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Channel Classics has pulled off a remarkable feat in following up its 1998 issue of Peter Wispelwey's baroque version of the Bach Cello Suites with its 1999 issue of Rachel Podger's baroque version of the Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas. If Wispelwey's is the most technically dazzling of the large field of Bach's unaccompanied cello recordings, Podger's is perhaps the most introspective and graceful of the equally large array of Bach's unaccompanied violin recordings.
Rachel Podger gives a no-frills account that goes deep inside Bach's sonatas and partitas. You hear long lines in these great works that are often obscured by others. She weaves phrases together seamlessly, into a sumptuous flow. She draws you in to these extraordinary meditations; then she leaves you in blissful silence.
If you have many other versions of the Bach sonatas and partitas, this one will complement the others beautifully. If you have none, this could be the only one you need.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Great Sound 28 April 2000
By Richard Brooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rachel Podger's sound is refreshing and crisp. She plays with a great delicacy and grace and every bit of Bach's emotion rings through with incredible sensitivity. You will not regret buying the CD.
If you enjoy her approach to Bach you may also want to check out Yo-Yo Ma's, "Bach: The Cello Suites Inspired By Bach, From The Six-Part Film Series" and John McArthur's, "HIDDEN."
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