J.S. Bach Cello Suites (2019)

Bach

Rachel Podger

This is the first time the famous J.S. Bach Cello Suites are recorded and released performed on violin. Who would be a better candidate for this adventure than the 'Queen of the Baroque Violin' (Sunday Times), Rachel Podger?

"(...) Since, I have spent a fair bit of time coaching cellists, both modern and baroque alike, and found myself playing along to demonstrate various points I gradually could feel these pieces joining the violin partitas and sonatas as another kind of ‘daily bread’; I started catching myself playing some of the movements I particularly loved while warming up, and realising that it was actually possible to play them on the violin, and to find a special expressive vocabulary at the higher pitch. How could one possibly justify it, especially with works that have peppered the recording catalogue with some of the most iconic and adored string performances of all time, the Casals, Fourniers, Torteliers or Starkers? But what I was doing also seemed very much in keeping with Bach’s own habit of recycling his compositions for different instruments and different uses. The examples are endless but I immediately think of the concertos appearing as sinfonias in cantatas, or concertos for violins turned into harpsichord concertos. The more I reflect, the less I feel the need to be defensive because Bach did far more outrageous things! Think of the Prelude of the E major Partita for violin turned into a full orchestral cantata movement with trumpets and drums…"

- Rachel Podger (excerpt from liner notes)

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Rachel Podger

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. She was educated inGermany and in England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti. After beginnings with The Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium, she was leader ofThe 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 ProMusica (usa), The Academy of Ancient Music, The European Union BaroqueOrchestra, Holland Baroque Society, the Handel and Haydn Society (usa), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (usa). Rachel has toured and recorded extensively with fortepianist Gary Cooper. Rachel records exclusively for Channel Classics and has won numerous prestigious awards including the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award for La Stravaganza in2003 and the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for the LaCetra Vivaldi concertos with Holland Baroque Society in 2012.

Rachel directs her own ensemble, Brecon Baroque, with whom she has recorded Bach’s Violin Concertos, released in October 2010 to outstanding reviews. She is also 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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J.S. Bach Cello Suites (2019)

Bach

Rachel Podger

    MusicWeb International

(...) with Rachel Podger’s persuasive musicality it doesn’t take too long for the mind to adjust.

Dominy Clements[read full review]

    The Guardian [CD of the Week]

(...) Violinist Podger makes Bach’s suites sound as if they were written for her instrument, such is her buoyancy and agility. (...) Isn’t Rachel Podger a violinist? What’s she doing recording Bach’s Cello Suites? That’s the question if you see the cover before you hear this album. But do those things in reverse order, you might instead ask why you’ve never heard this Bach violin music before.

Erica Jeal[read full review]

    Opus Klassiek [CD van de Maand]

(…) dit is wellicht het mooiste cadeau dat luisterende en vioolspelende Bachliefhebbers zich kunnen wensen. (...) Het klinkende resultaat is niet alleen verrassend, het is meespelepend, wonderbaarlijk en intrigerend. Niet alleen door de manier waarop ze haar ontdekkingen laat klinken, maar vooral door het nieuwe inzicht dat ze deze noten meegeeft. Een topvioliste met het creatieve brein van een componist.

Aart van der Wal[read full review]

    Het Parool

Cellosuite op viool: grandioos (...) die lichte tinmbre-karakteristiek geeft de stukken opeens iets heel mooi zwevends; alsof de muziek is ontstegen aan het aardse . (...)

Erik Voermans

    Gramophone

Like Leonhardt and Kim Kashkashian before her, Podger adopts the Suites with bravura and the confidence that while their nature may change, their stature will not be diminished. (...) Freest in form, the Preludes undergo the happiest transformations – taken up the octave, the Prelude to the Sixth sounds more than ever like a shanty – whereas the sarabandes demand all of Podger’s bow control and even then their essential gravity is necessarily modulated with the smile of a more flowing pulse. (...)

Peter Quantrill

    Artalinna - Le Disque du Jour

(...) Elle en fait son miel, rendant non seulement l’expérience passionnante mais révélatrice de toute une part des six Suites : tout ce qui doit y danser fuse ici avec une prestance plus affirmée encore, le défi est donc plutôt du côté des pièces méditatives (...) tout est porté par une grâce solaire, et les textes si éloquents des six Suites semblent voler sous cet archet diseur, merveille dont vous ne pourrez vous déprendre.

Jean-Charles Hoffelé

J.S. Bach Cello Suites (2019)

Bach

Rachel Podger

Cables: Van den Hul
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Instrument: Pesarinius, 1739
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Producer: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording Location: The Angela Burgess Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Speakers: Grimm LS1

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Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007 - I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007 - transcribed by R. Podger (D Major) - II. Allemande
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Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007 - transcribed by R. Podger (D Major) - III. Courante
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Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007 - transcribed by R. Podger (D Major) - IV. Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007 - transcribed by R. Podger (D Major) - V. Menuet 1 and 2
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Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007 - transcribed by R. Podger (D Major) - VI. Gigue
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008 - transcribed by R. Podger (A minor) - I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008 - transcribed by R. Podger (A minor) - II. Allemande
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008 - transcribed by R. Podger (A minor) - III. Courante
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008 - transcribed by R. Podger (A minor) - IV. Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008 - transcribed by R. Podger (A minor) - V. Menuet 1 and 2
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008 - transcribed by R. Podger (A minor) - VI. Gigue
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Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV1009 - transcribed by R. Podger (G Major) - I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV1009 - transcribed by R. Podger (G Major) - II. Allemande
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Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV1009 - transcribed by R. Podger (G Major) - III. Courante
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Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV1009 - transcribed by R. Podger (G Major) - IV. Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV1009 - transcribed by R. Podger (G Major) - V. Bourree
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Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV1009 - transcribed by R. Podger (G Major) - VI. Gigue
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Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV1010 - transcribed by R. Podger (B Flat Major) - I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV1010 - transcribed by R. Podger (B Flat Major) - II. Allemande
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Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV1010 - transcribed by R. Podger (B Flat Major) - III. Courante
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Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV1010 - transcribed by R. Podger (B Flat Major) - IV. Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV1010 - transcribed by R. Podger (B Flat Major) - V. Bourree
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Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV1010 - transcribed by R. Podger (B Flat Major) - VI. Gigue
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV1011 - transcribed by R. Podger (G minor) - I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV1011 - transcribed by R. Podger (G minor) - II. Allemande
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV1011 - transcribed by R. Podger (G minor) - III. Courante
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV1011 - transcribed by R. Podger (G minor) - IV. Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV1011 - transcribed by R. Podger (G minor) - V. Gavotte 1 and 2
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV1011 - transcribed by R. Podger (G minor) - VI. Gigue
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Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV1012 - I. Prelude
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Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV1012 - II. Allemande
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Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV1012 - III. Courante
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Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV1012 - IV. Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV1012 - V. Gavotte 1 and 2
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Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV1012 - VI. Gigue
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