Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue (2016)

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue (2016)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 01:10:59 | 373 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Channel Classics | Catalog: CCSSA 38316

A new recording from violinist Rachel Podger is always worth attention. And before you even get to appreciating the first-class performances - faithful realizations of Bach’s Art of Fugue skillfully arranged for strings - you notice the immediate, vibrant presence of the instruments. The sound is stunning, reminiscent of the early days of digital recording, when listeners used to marvel at how realistic the sound was. Channel Classics has been doing this forever; we just may have forgotten how special it is when it’s done right.
Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (2018) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (2018)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time - 75:29 minutes | 3,32 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:29 minutes | 1,28 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

After the volumes dedicated to Vivaldi's great instrumental cycles, La Stravaganza (2004), La Cetra (2012) and L’Estro armonico (2015), English violinist Rachel Podger continues her work with her Brecon Baroque ensemble to bring out this version of the Four Seasons, which is rounded off with three violin concertos. A passionate fan of the music of Vivaldi and Biber, Rachel Podger, who studied in Germany, demonstrates through her performances just how much the Red Priest's music (and her herself, following Biber) can cloak itself in the mysterious and bizarre, to the point that Vivaldi appears here as a distant descendant of the mannerists from the late Renaissance and early Baroque period. This is a particularly interesting and successful take.
Andrew Manze, Rachel Podger, The Academy of Ancient Music - Bach: Solo & Double Violin Concertos (1997)

Andrew Manze, Rachel Podger, The Academy of Ancient Music - Bach: Solo & Double Violin Concertos (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 56:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907155 | Recorded: 1996

It's well known that most of Bach's harpsichord concertos began their lives as violin concertos. Since only three violin originals survive–the ones designated as BWV 1041-43–and since these are among his greatest instrumental works, musical scholars and performers have been reversing the process, turning the harpsichord concertos back into violin originals. BWV 1060 is one such case, a concerto for two harpsichords, which sounds much less clangy and bangy in this reconstructed version for two violins.
Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (2018)

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 75:24 | 374 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Channel Classics | Catalog: CCS SA 40318

Among countless interpretations of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which range from modernized performances for large string orchestra to period-style versions for much leaner ensembles, there are few as pared-down as Rachel Podger's performances with Brecon Baroque. Podger plays the virtuosic solo violin part and directs an ensemble consisting of two violins, one viola, and one cello, supported by a continuo of violone, theorbo, and harpsichord or chamber organ. This might give an impression of extreme austerity or thinness of sound, but the surprising richness of the group's textures suggests that tonal production counts more than the number of players.
Rachel Podger - Guardian Angel: Works by Biber, Bach, Tartini & Pisendel (2013)

Rachel Podger - Guardian Angel: Works by Biber, Bach, Tartini & Pisendel (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 343 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS SA 35513 | Time: 01:18:31

The music on this recording demonstrates how composers in Germany, Italy, Austria and England responded to the challenges of writing for violin senza basso. Music for violin senza basso had a distinguished history before Bach and was widely cultivated by his contemporaries. Violinistic virtuosity was extraordinarily experimental in the late seventeenth century, with novelties in the tuning of the strings (scordaura), bowing techniques, chordal playing and contrapuntal textures (with the development of sophisticated double-, triple- and quadruple-stopping techniques) and playing in high positions. This disc of solo violin music is a real mixture of some of Rachel’s favourite pieces. 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.
Rachel Podger, Arte Dei Suonatori - Vivaldi: La Stravaganza, Opus 4 (2003) (Repost)

Rachel Podger, Arte Dei Suonatori - Vivaldi: La Stravaganza, Opus 4 (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:43:33 | 861 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Channel Classics | Catalog: CCA SA 19503

A long time ago, back in the 1970s, period instrument performances mostly sounded sweet and low down. Part of the reason for this was the catgut strings and the lower tuning, and part of the reason was that players seemed to prefer a mellower and rounder tone. But time passed and period instrument performances became more and more strident until they became nearly painful to listen to by the late '80s. Violinist Rachel Podger has recaptured the mellow sounds of yesterday by producing a warm and almost human sound with her 1739 Persarinius instrument.

Rachel Podger - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites (2019)  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at Dec. 11, 2019
Rachel Podger - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites (2019)

Rachel Podger - J.S. Bach: Cello Suites (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 645 Mb | Total time: 57:00+70:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | CCSSA41119 | Recorded: 2018

Violinst Rachel Podger presents the first recording of Bach's Cello Suites on violin. Bach had a habit of recycling his own compositions for different instruments and different uses. The examples are endless; concertos appearing as sinfonias in cantatas, or concertos for violins turned into harpsichord concertos. Podger, who has spent a fair bit of time coaching cellists, both modern and baroque alike, found herself playing along to demonstrate various points. ''I started catching myself playing some of the movements I particularly loved while warming up, and realizing that it was actually possible to play them on the violin, and to find a special expressive vocabulary at the higher pitch.''
Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (2016) MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque - JS Bach: The Art Of Fugue, BWV1080 (2016)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:28 minutes | Covers + PDF Booklet | 3,58 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Covers + Digital Booklet | 1,52 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Channel Classics # CCS SA 38316

Rachel Podger has been recording and performing Bach's music for violin to critical acclaim for over two decades. In 2015 she became the tenth (and first female) recipient of the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. On this release she leads her own ensemble, Brecon Baroque, in JS Bach's monumental Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge). Bach's The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, broken off at the end by the composer's death, was written out in open score, with no indication of instrumentation. This has given rise over the years to a variety of instrumental realizations, with keyboard performances being the most common, but string orchestra, or wind versions, and so forth, are also often essayed.
Rachel Podger - Guardian Angel (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Rachel Podger - Guardian Angel (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time - 80:58 minutes | 2,41 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 80:58 minutes | 1,47 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance. This disc of solo violin music is a real mixture of some favourite pieces. This extraordinary beautiful recording is one of the finest solo Baroque violin compilations.
Rachel Podger - Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo (2002)

Rachel Podger - Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 767 Mb | Total time: 76:17+66:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS SEL 2498 | Recorded: 1999, 2001

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.