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4.2 out of 5 stars
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on 26 November 2015
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 September 2014
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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on 8 March 2011
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 11 December 2016
Great ! An excellent record. Safely and speedily received.

Thank you very much.
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on 21 February 2013
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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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 19 June 2006
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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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 10 March 2016
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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