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Bach: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord /Podger · Pinnock CD

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  • Audio CD (6 Nov. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Channel Classics
  • ASIN: B00005056Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  2. Largo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  3. Allegro (cembalo solo) - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  4. Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  5. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  6. Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  7. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  8. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  9. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  10. Dolce - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  11. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  12. Andante Un Poco - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  13. Presto - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  14. Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  15. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  16. Adagio Ma Non Tanto - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  17. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  18. [Allegro] - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  19. Adagio Ma Non Tanto - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  20. Allemanda - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  21. Gigue - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson

Disc: 2

  1. Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  2. Vivace - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  3. Largo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  4. Presto - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  5. Largo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  6. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  7. Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  8. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  9. [Largo] - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  10. Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  11. Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  12. Vivace - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  13. Vivace - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  14. Largo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  15. Cembalo solo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  16. Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  17. Violino solo e Basso l'accompagnato - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  18. Presto ab initio repetatur et claudatur - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  19. Cantabile ma un poco adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger

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Since she branched out from the various groups with which she has been associated (most notably the Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium), Rachel Podger has been making quite a stir with highly acclaimed solo recordings of the Bach Partitas and Sonatas. Here she's joined by the ever-youthful Trevor Pinnock in the complete sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord. And complete they most certainly are, with the various alternative versions of the Sixth Sonata all included. If you've grown up with traditional readings of these works, you may find Podger initially seems a bit withdrawn and light of touch. Keep listening though, because within a couple of movements or so, I suspect you'll be hearing these works with new ears. They are intensely "pure" readings, vibrato applied as an expressive device rather than daubed all over Bach's graceful architecture. Nor is there any lack of perk in these performances--try the joyful second movement of the Fourth Sonata (disc 2, track 6) or Pinnock's solo movement in the Sixth Sonata (disc 1, track 3). There are countless more wonders to be found, but listing them would only spoil the surprises that await. The only disappointment is yet another staid and dreary cover design from Channel Classics: precisely the kind of thing that gets classical music a dull name. Full marks to Podger and Pinnock, but sack the designer. --Harriet Smith

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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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If you know Rachel Podger's recordings of the solo Sonatas and Partitas, chosen on BBC3's CD Review as first choice some time ago, you will expect good things from these parallel recordings of the sonatas with keyboard (and, in the case of two, BWV1023 and BWV 1021, viola da gamba, well played by Jonathan Manson). You won't be disappointed.There are exactly the same virtues of beautiful sound, highly musical phrasing, technical security, dead-centre tuning and a sense of lively involvement throughout. Trevor Pinnock handles the harpsichord part just as expertly and eloquently and the balance of the recording is first-rate. The set includes both versions of BWV1019 (in G), which means we also hear the lovely (and lengthy) Cantabile. It's an 'authentic-instrument' approach, and if you don't warm to that, there is Grumiaux, wonderfully well played as always but not so well balanced. But really I'd go for Podger and Pinnock if I could have only one version ; it is very satisfying.
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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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On good-quality stereo equipment a kind of booming bass resonance is to be heard on at least half the tracks, apparently caused by mismanagement of a microphone at the bass end of the harpischord which picks up resonance from the hall at certain frequencies. The manufacturer (Channel Classics) denies there is a problem but admits to working in a small control room where bass distortion was obviously not readily noticeable. I returned the copy I bought from Amazon and got a replacement copy from Channel Classics. Both copies had the same defect, on both CDs, when played on four different good-quality stereo installations. So the problem was definitely in the original production, not in the manufacture of the CDs or the playback.
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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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