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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Bach
These are wonderful discs. Bach's sonatas for violin and cembalo are delightful, rewarding works, but can be hard to get into, in my experience. Previously I have had recordings by Elizabeth Wallfisch and Richard Tunnicliffe and by Fabio Biondi and Rinaldo Alessandrini - both world class duos, and fine performances in their way. However, I always had a sense with both...
Published on 19 Jun 2006 by Sid Nuncius

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3.0 out of 5 stars Overbearing
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Podger's sound is big and glorious but I find the effect here somewhat bludgeoning. She is at her best in the slow movements - that is where the sound she makes can make its full impact - but elsewhere she is a little square and there is a lack of dynamic range and a bigger lack of flair.

I got to know these works through...
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by enthusiast


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Bach, 19 Jun 2006
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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These are wonderful discs. Bach's sonatas for violin and cembalo are delightful, rewarding works, but can be hard to get into, in my experience. Previously I have had recordings by Elizabeth Wallfisch and Richard Tunnicliffe and by Fabio Biondi and Rinaldo Alessandrini - both world class duos, and fine performances in their way. However, I always had a sense with both of somehow working ones way rather ploddingly through the sonatas (most certainly not what I'd expect from Biondi!) and they had a slightly turgid, uninvolving feel to them.

Podger and Pinnock dispel this instantly. Rachel Podger's wonderful lightness of touch doesn't trivialise the music in any way but, as with her solo Bach, brings a sparkle and verve which light up the whole disc. And Trevor Pinnock plays with the enthusiasm and energy of a young tyro while bringing the depth of his decades of experience to bear. The combination is irresistible. Any Bach enthusiast will want these sonatas in their collection, and this is the finest recording I've come across by some distance. It is also very reasonably priced. In my view, you can't go wrong with these discs - very warmly recommended indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Delight, 8 Mar 2011
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L. A. Smith "LASmith" (Fareham. Hants. UK) - See all my reviews
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It will come as no surprise to those familiar with both Pinnock's performances with the English Concert and Podger's recording of Vivaldi that this set of discs provides stimulating music demonstrating a mastery of the topic, as comes across in the notes explaining the reasons for including two versions of Sonata No 6 in G major, that was an excellent decision. Easily 5 stars for this set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment, with food for profound thought too, 21 Feb 2013
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Superb on every level. Music making which feels like fun, ideal balance, immaculate sound quality in an acoustic which is warm enough without clouding any detail. Music to return to.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overbearing, 12 Nov 2010
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This may be controversial!

Podger's sound is big and glorious but I find the effect here somewhat bludgeoning. She is at her best in the slow movements - that is where the sound she makes can make its full impact - but elsewhere she is a little square and there is a lack of dynamic range and a bigger lack of flair.

I got to know these works through Grumiaux's recording and he also had a wonderful and big tone. But I think he made more of these works even though his approach these days sounds just a little dated. Another interesting comparison is Andrew Manze's recent record of Handel's violin and harpsichord sonatas - lesser works but somehow more enjoyable and meaningful that Podger's Bach.
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