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J.S. Bach: Double & Triple Concertos / Podger, Bellamy, Pramsohler, Brecon Baroque

Bach, J.s. / Baroque
Release Date: 06/11/2013 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 34113   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bojan CicicRachel PodgerAlexandra BellamyJohannes Pramsohler
Conductor:  Rachel Podger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Violinist Rachel Podger, who already has impressed with an earlier recording of Bach solo concertos with her Brecon Baroque colleagues, follows with four works for two and three “lead” players, accompanied by a one-to-a-part ripieno. As Podger points out in the informative liner notes, this set-up actually creates a situation where all the players are “concerto-ing”, not just the conventional soloists.

This is especially notable–and obvious–in the singularly elegant, graceful slow movement of the famous “double” concerto, where we hear each instrumental line as a distinct and eloquent participant in the conversation. The fission and fusion, the coincidental me-first assertiveness and
Read more power-sharing camaraderie of the solo instruments in the concluding Allegro, are successfully, excitingly conveyed, not by finesse alone, nor by simply imposing on the music an extreme tempo (the refuge of all too many lesser performers of this concerto), but by a careful, hands-on, group-aware control of the conflagration. This is one of those turn-up-the-volume moments that don’t often come along in Bach (outside some of the organ works, or, for instance, the opening chorus of Klemperer’s St. Matthew Passion recording).

The program’s other works follow in the same manner, the period string instruments–most of them originals or modern copies of 18th-century models–producing a rich, vibrant ensemble timbre, and the performers–some of the world’s finest Baroque specialists–embracing, owning, and, yes, selling this music as if it were today’s latest big thing, brought to us with the same meticulous attention to sound that Channel Classics has maintained since its founding in 1990. Podger, Brecon Baroque, and Channel Classics don’t give us anything earth-shaking or ground-breaking here; that’s not the point. This is simply terrific period-music performance for modern ears that promises nothing less than a solid hour of pleasurable listening–truly the Joy of Bach.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bojan Cicic (Violin), Rachel Podger (Violin)
Conductor:  Rachel Podger
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  St John's the Evangelist Church, Upper N 
Length: 13 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, BWV 1044 "Triple Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin)
Conductor:  Rachel Podger
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1730; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  St John's the Evangelist Church, Upper N 
Length: 21 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alexandra Bellamy (Oboe), Rachel Podger (Violin)
Conductor:  Rachel Podger
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  St John's the Evangelist Church, Upper N 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bojan Cicic (Violin), Rachel Podger (Violin), Johannes Pramsohler (Violin)
Conductor:  Rachel Podger
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  St John's the Evangelist Church, Upper N 
Length: 16 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Two Violins, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
Concerto for Two Violins, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto
Concerto for Two Violins, BWV 1043: III. Allegro
Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, and Violin, BWV 1044: I. Allegro
Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, and Violin, BWV 1044: II. Adagio
Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, and Violin, BWV 1044: III. Alla Breve
Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060R: I. Allegro
Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060R: II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060R: III. Allegro
Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064R: I. Allegro
Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064R: II. Adagio
Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064R: III. Allegro

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