Bach - Complete Partitas and Sonatas for Violin Solo

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Bach - Complete Partitas and Sonatas for Violin Solo

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Bach - Complete Partitas and Sonatas for Violin Solo


Bach, J S:

Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


Rachel Podger (violin)

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Bach: Violin Sonata #1 In B Minor, BWV 1014 - 1. Adagio

Bach: Violin Sonata #1 In B Minor, BWV 1014 - 2. Allegro

Bach: Violin Sonata #1 In B Minor, BWV 1014 - 3. Andante

Bach: Violin Sonata #1 In B Minor, BWV 1014 - 4. Allegro

Bach: Violin Partita #1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - Allemanda

Bach: Violin Partita #1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - Double #1

Bach: Violin Partita #1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - Corrente

Bach: Violin Partita #1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - Double #2

Bach: Violin Partita #1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - Sarabande

Bach: Violin Partita #1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - Double #3

Bach: Violin Partita #1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - Bourrée

Bach: Violin Partita #1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - Double #4

Bach: Violin Partita #2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - Allemanda

Bach: Violin Partita #2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - Corrente

Bach: Violin Partita #2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - Sarabanda

Bach: Violin Partita #2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - Giga

Bach: Violin Partita #2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - Ciaccona

Bach: Violin Partita #3 In E, BWV 1006 - Preludio

Bach: Violin Partita #3 In E, BWV 1006 - Loure

Bach: Violin Partita #3 In E, BWV 1006 - Gavotte En Rondo

Bach: Violin Partita #3 In E, BWV 1006 - Menuet #1

Bach: Violin Partita #3 In E, BWV 1006 - Menuet #2

Bach: Violin Partita #3 In E, BWV 1006 - Bourrée

Bach: Violin Partita #3 In E, BWV 1006 - Gigue

Bach: Sonata #2 In A Minor For Solo Violin, BWV 1003 - 2. Fuga

Bach: Sonata #2 In A Minor For Solo Violin, BWV 1003 - 3. Andante

Bach: Sonata #2 In A Minor For Solo Violin, BWV 1003 - 4. Allegro

Bach: Sonata #3 In C For Solo Violin, BWV 1005 - 1. Adagio

Bach: Sonata #3 In C For Solo Violin, BWV 1005 - 2. Fuga

Bach: Sonata #3 In C For Solo Violin, BWV 1005 - 3. Largo

Bach: Sonata #3 In C For Solo Violin, BWV 1005 - 4. Allegro Assai

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Hitherto we have heard Rachel Podger only in early chamber works and as Andrew Manze's partner in Bach double concertos: here now, at last, is an opportunity to hear her on her own. And you couldn't be more on your own than in Bach's mercilessly revealing Solo Sonatas and Partitas, perhaps the ultimate test of technical mastery, expressiveness, structural phrasing and deep musical perception for a violinist. Playing a Baroque instrument, Podger challenges comparison with the much praised and individual reading by Monica Huggett: she has many of the same virtues – flawless intonation, warm tone, expressive nuances, clear understanding of the proper balance of internal strands – but her approach is sometimes markedly different. This is most obvious in the great D minor Chaconne, in which Huggett's rhythmical flexibility worried some people, but in which Podger, here as elsewhere, while fully characterising the varied repetitions of the ground, is intent on building up the cumulative effect. One pleasing general feature of her playing, indeed, is her firm but unassertive rhythmic sense; others are the absence of any suspicion that technical difficulties exist (instead a calm control, as in the G minor's Siciliano), her subtle phrasing (as in the B minor Corrente, with the fleetest of doubles), the cross rhythms of her G minor Presto and, most strikingly, the poetic feeling with which she imbues the initial Adagio of the G minor Sonata. She touches in chords lightly: though some might have been split downwards rather than upwards so as to preserve the continuity of a lower part (for example, in bar 5 of the B minor Allemande, bar 10 of the Chaconne and in the 18th and 19th bars of its major section). Her D minor Giga is stunning. Altogether a most impressive and rewarding disc.
As a matter of tactics disregarding the printed order of the works, the second disc opens in the most effective way with a joyous performance of the ever-invigorating E major Preludio. At once we can recognise Podger's splendid rhythmic and tonal vitality (not merely Bach's marked terraced dynamics but pulsatingly alive gradations within phrases), her extremely subtle accentuations and harmonic awareness (note her change of colour at the move from E to C sharp major in bar 33), are all within total technical assurances. The Gavotte en Rondeau is buoyantly dance-like, and in the most natural way she elaborates its final statement(throughout the Partita her ornamentation is stylish and convincing). She takes the Giga at a restrained pace that allows of all kinds of tiny rhythmic nuances. Only a rather cut-up performance of the Loure detracts.
In the sonatas she shows other sterling qualities.
She preserves the shape in the A minor Grave's ornate tangle of notes; she judges to a nicety the balance of the melodic line against the plodding accompanimental quavers of the Andante; she imbues the C major's Adagio with a hauntingly poetic musing atmosphere, and her lucid part-playing of its Fuga could scarcely be bettered. In the Fuga of the A minor Sonata, however, she unexpectedly allows herself considerable rhythmic freedom in order to point the structure. The final track is a stunning performance of the C major's closing Allegro assai which would bring any audience to its feet.”

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