Bach: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord / Pinnock, Podger Import
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Equally adept at this music is the ever-competent Baroque master, Mr. Trevor Pinnock, who not only provides interesting accompanyment to Podger but especially shines in the spotlit keyboard runs and solos. In these he maintains a spirited progression and crisp articulations throughout that keeps one in rapt attention. His cembalo solo in the #6 allegro (track 3) is downright sexy and can make one want to jump up and dance. His harpsichord sound is exceptionally warm and inviting (as harpsichords go) and not "clancky" as some can be. I surprisingly loved it. This is important for listening to an entire CD featuring that instrument! If you normally do not warm to the sound of the harpsichord, you may be pleasantly surprized that you like Pinnock's harpsichord here.Read more ›
The resonance of Podger's instrument is wonderful, so full and throaty and lyrical. I especially like the spirited Allegro to Sonata No. 6, and Pinnock's harpsichord solo on the Allegro of that opening Sonata.
The complexities of Bach's composition are here richly interpretated with good tempo and balance. The Cantabile is wonderfully charming.
A great Bach collection.
Caution: if you buy this, close the curtains before playing. Otherwise your neighbors might get to see you dancing around in ecstacy. This stuff is refined rock and roll.
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.
I place this set at the very top along with Fabio Biondi and Rinaldo Alessandrini.
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If you like Bach and period instrument, you shouldn't miss this version performed by this two super stars.Published 20 days ago by Ivan Chiang
It is early in the summer and you are walking through the countryside in 1700s Germany, and you hear some music playing somewhere ... Read morePublished on June 18, 2010 by Bud Tristano
Wonderful, wonderful! I once had this collection on vinyl and had been looking for a CD. So pleased when I saw it on Amazon!Published on January 30, 2010 by perry
These Bach "duo sonatas" have been recorded by numerous "period" violinists in recent years. Rachel Podger's playing has an unparalleled sense of grace, lyrical gesture and vocal... Read morePublished on September 4, 2009 by M. De Sapio
...in other words: if only the harpsichord were a piano, and the baroque violin a "real" Stradivarius (like here). Yes, this is setting the cat among the pigeons, isn't it? Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by WHM