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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Bach, Matteis, Tartini, Pisendel, Biber
  • Audio CD (7 Oct. 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Channel Classics
  • ASIN: B00EPQQH1G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bach-Partita for flute in A minor-Allemande
  2. Bach-Partita for flute in A minor-Corrente
  3. Bach-Partita for flute in A minor-Sarabande
  4. Bach-Partita for flute in A minor-Bouree Anglaise
  5. Matteis-From:Other Ayrs,Preludes,Allmands,Sarabands-Passagio rotto
  6. Matteis-From:Other Ayrs,Preludes,Allmands,Sarabands-Fantasia
  7. Matteis-From:Other Ayrs,Preludes,Allmands,Sarabands-Movimento incognito
  8. Tartini-sonata in A minor-Cantabile
  9. Tartini-sonata in A minor-Allegro
  10. Tartini-sonata in A minor-Allegro
  11. Tartini-sonata in A minor-Giga
  12. Tartini-sonata in A minor-Theme and variations
  13. Tartini-sonata in B minor-Andante
  14. Tartini-sonata in B minor-Allegro assai
  15. Tartini-sonata in B minor-Giga.Allegro affetuaoso
  16. Pisendel-sonata per violino solo-No indication
  17. Pisendel-sonata per violino solo-Allegro
  18. Pisendel-sonata per violino solo-Giga
  19. Pisendel-sonata per violino solo-Variatione
  20. Biber-Mystery Sonatas-Passacaglia in G minor

Product Description

Product Description

The music on this recording demonstrates how composers in Germany,Italy,Austria and England responded to the challenges of writing for violin senza basso.Music for violin senza basso had a distinguished history before Bach and was widely cultivated by his contemporaries.Violinistic virtuosity was extraordinarily experimental in the late seventeenth century,with novelties in the tuning of the strings(scordaura),bowing techniques,chordal playing and contrapuntal textures(with the development of sophisticated double-triple-and quadruple-stopping techniques)and playing in high positions.This disc of solo violin music is a real mixture of some of Rachel's favourite pieces.Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance.Over the last two decades she has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods.After beginnings with The Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium,she was leader of The English Concert from 1997 to 2002 and in 2004 began a guest directorship with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with whom she appeared in a televised BBC Prom in 2007.As a guest director and soloist she has collaborated with numerous orchestras including Arte dei Suonatori(Poland),Musica Angelica and Santa Fe Pro Musica(USA),The Academy of Ancient Music,The European Union Baroque Orchestra,Holland Baroque Society and the Handel and Haydn Society(USA).

About the Artist

Rachel directs her own ensemble,Brecon Baroque and is Artistic Director of her own festival:the Brecon Baroque Festival.Rachel is an honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music(where she holds the Michaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin)and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama(where she holds the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin)and teaches at institutions throughout the world.

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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is yet another terrific disc from Rachel Podger. It's a collection of what she describes as favourite pieces played on solo violin. It's largely out-of-the-way repertoire, but it makes for a terrifically enjoyable and rewarding programme.

The Usual Suspects of the solo violin repertoire don't really feature here, but there is a wonderful transcription (Podger's owm) of Bach's Partita for Solo Flute BWV1013 which works extremely well on the violin - she says in her contribution to the notes, "I would often play it for fun as a warm up (which would disorient the flute player in the room!)". In addition there are works by Tartini, Matteis, Pisendel and the Passacaglia from Biber's Rosary Sonatas (the engraving for which gives this disc its title). It is a varied and fascinating programme which is just a pleasure to listen to but has genuine musical depth, too.

What makes this special is Rachel Podger's playing, of course. I have enjoyed her work for a very long time now and fell irredeemably in love when I heard her solo Bach discs - which remain my favourite recordings of the Sonatas and Partitas Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo. She has phenomenal technique which allows her to sound utterly natural throughout the most demanding passages, and is utterly at home in this repertoire. She also has a wonderful sense of the music's meaning which shines through every movement here and shows that her standing as an international star is wholly justified. I'm sorry to gush, but I really do think this is something special.

Channel Classics' recorded sound is excellent and the presentation is attractive with good notes. Even allowing for my pre-existing admiration for Rachel Podger, this is a cracking disc all round and very warmly recommended.
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Absolutely beautiful music. Wonderful selection of baroque masters captured on one disc. A very full of programme of virtuoso playing that depicts the magic of the instrument playing these compositions.
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Saw Rachel perform most of these pieces in Canterbury and had to buy the CD. The music is quite rare and very uplifting. Would recommend the CD to any Baroque fans.
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