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Bach: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord / Pinnock, Podger Import

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Rachel Podger's growing reputation among early-music enthusiasts is buttressed by this set of Bach's sonatas for violin and continuo. Her intonation is always on target, her tone sweet but not cloying. While she shares the understated interpretive stance of so many historically informed performers, she allows the emotions to shine through in, for example, the opening Largo of Sonata No. 5. And where the dancelike elements are to the fore, as in the Allegro of No. 6, she shows she can swing with the best. She's aided immeasurably by harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock, whose alert playing is enjoyable throughout. When Bach gives the continuo player his moment in the sun, as in the solo third movement of No. 6, he cuts loose with shapely playing that almost steals the show. So fans of current styles in early-music performance will enjoy this set, though they'll find more excitement in Andrew Manze's Harmonia Mundi set and in Fabio Bondi's on Opus 111. --Dan Davis

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  2. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019: Largo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  3. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019: Allegro (Cembalo Solo) - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  4. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019: Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  5. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  6. Son No.1 in b, BWV1014: Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  7. Son No.1 in b, BWV1014: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  8. Son No.1 in b, BWV1014: Andante - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  9. Son No.1 in b, BWV1014: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  10. Son No.2 in A, BWV1015: Dolce - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  11. Son No.2 in A, BWV1015: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  12. Son No.2 in A, BWV1015: Andante Un Poco - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  13. Son No.2 in A, BWV1015: Presto - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  14. Son No.3 in E, BWV1016: Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  15. Son No.3 in E, BWV1016: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  16. Son No.3 in E, BWV1016: Adagio Ma Non Tanto - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  17. Son No.3 in E, BWV1016: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  18. Continuo Son in e, BWV1023: (Allegro) - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  19. Continuo Son in e, BWV1023: Adagio Ma Non Tanto - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  20. Continuo Son in e, BWV1023: Allemanda - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  21. Continuo Son in e, BWV1023: Gigue - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson

Disc: 2

  1. Continuo Son in G, BWV1021: Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  2. Continuo Son in G, BWV1021: Vivace - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  3. Continuo Son in G, BWV1021: Largo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  4. Continuo Son in G, BWV1021: Presto - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  5. Son No.4 in c, BWV1017: Largo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  6. Son No.4 in c, BWV1017: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  7. Son No.4 in c, BWV1017: Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  8. Son No.4 in c, BWV1017: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  9. Son No.5 in f, BWV1018: (Largo) - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  10. Son No.5 in f, BWV1018: Allegro - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  11. Son No.5 in f, BWV1018: Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  12. Son No.5 in f, BWV1018: Vivace - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger
  13. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019a: Vivace - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  14. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019a: Largo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  15. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019a: Cembalo Solo - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  16. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019a: Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  17. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019a: Vn Solo E Basso L'accompagnato - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  18. Son No.6 in G, BWV1019a: Presto Ab Initio Repetatur Et Claudatur - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger/Jonathan Manson
  19. Son No.6 Version 2, BWV1019a: Cantabile Ma Un Poco Adagio - Trevor Pinnock/Rachel Podger


Product Details

  • Performer: Rachel Podger, Trevor Pinnock
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (January 9, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Channel Classics Nl
  • ASIN: B00005056Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rachel Podger, concertmaster of Trevor Pinnock's The English Concert, is a fresh and winning violinist. Her sound is warm and accurate, and this recording can be recommended. She is more straightforward and natural in these marvelous sonatas than Andrew Manze, who was not at his best in his recent HM version. But my numero uno choice still is Fabio Biondi and Rinaldo Alessandrini in OPUS111. The Italian dream team play like gods, and the superior OPUS111 sound make their version the most desirable of all.
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Within the first minute of listening to this CD, one is immediately captivated by Rachel Podger's gorgeous tone and intonation - a truly mellifluous sonority that ranks with the finest. Her subtle phrasings, gentle-but-sparing vibrato and deft bowing technique combine to produce a sound that is effortlessly cantabile, highly refreshing and never tiring to hear. She shapes her melody lines with great artistry and elegance - producing a sonorities of pure delight. Plus, her intonation sounds superbly "in tune" - which sometimes cannot be said about some violin music (especially that with a period violin). You hear all of these fine artistic qualities too in her Bach solo violin partitas/sonatas recordings (Channel) - complex pieces of music that are not only very difficult to play but even more difficult to make sound beautiful. Rachel Podger makes all this music of Bach sound not only easy but unusually beautiful - where you can listen to the entire CD without feeling it is too much.

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.
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Two CD collection of Bach's Sonatas for violin and harpsichord. I have always been a great fan of the harpsichord, and here Pinnock is outstanding in is chamber music capability.
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.
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but here they are. I bought my first copy of Bach's Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas after seeing the movie Tom Jones in about 1964. The sound track of the film features some lively harpsichord playing and I wanted to hear more. Unfortunately (I thought) the only lp of harpsichord music available had violin in addition, as well as viola da gamba. The version of the Bach sonatas by Menuhim, Malcolm and Gauntlett has been out of print for years, but it was a hum-dinger. It seduced me. I have bought other versions since then and always been disappointed until now. Podger, Pinnock and Jonathan Manson have done an amazing job.
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.
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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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Among the best performances of the Bach violin sonatas. Wonderfully stylish, virtuosic and alive. Absolutely no intonation problems from Ms. Podger's baroque violin.

I place this set at the very top along with Fabio Biondi and Rinaldo Alessandrini.

Enthusiastically recommended!
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