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Bach Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 2

Rachel Podger

Johann Sebastian Bach

SKU: 14498

Year of release: 1999

Partita Nr. 3 In E Major BWV 1006 19:41
1. Preludio Johann Sebastian Bach 03:39
2. Loure Johann Sebastian Bach 04:11
3. Gavotte & Rondeau Johann Sebastian Bach 02:42
4. Menuet I & II Johann Sebastian Bach 05:25
5. Bouree Johann Sebastian Bach 01:27
6. Giga Johann Sebastian Bach 02:14
Sonata Nr. 2 In A Minor BWV 1003 23:39
7. Grave Johann Sebastian Bach 03:55
8. Fuga Johann Sebastian Bach 08:36
9. Andante Johann Sebastian Bach 04:54
10. Allegro Johann Sebastian Bach 06:12
Sonata Nr. 3 In C Major BWV 1005 22:32
11. Adagio Johann Sebastian Bach 04:18
12. Fuga Johann Sebastian Bach 09:53
13. Largo Johann Sebastian Bach 03:20
14. Allegro Assai Johann Sebastian Bach 04:59
Total time: 65:52

About this album

On playing Bach… By listening to Bach first thing in the morning I’m very likely to start the day in good spirits; the clarity of the music both having an invigorating and calming effect on me. Every note and expression has its rightful place and nothing ever seems too elaborate or deprived of something or too intense. The music flows with a confidence that balances our intellectual, emotional and spiritual interests. PLAYING Bach – especially his solo violin music – intensifies this experience. I now have the chance to get to know the music from inside itself. I have to be prepared to immerse myself in the language of it, understand its complexity, search for the meaning in every phrase….and finally come out the other end with something clear and beautiful…a recipe which works well for me and which developed during the past years of playing and practising these masterworks…..

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Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine

(…) Rachel Podger ërklart: "versucht man, ein Gleichgewicht zwischen drei dingen zu finden: der notierte Musik, dem instrument uns sich selbst". Das hat sie gefunden in dieser formvollendeten, Feuer sprühenden, technisch ausgefeilten, tief lotenden Einspielung.


(...) buitengewoon fraai, loepzuiver non-vibrato-spel (...) (...) Podger legt met haar elegante spel de substielste nuances van de muziek bloot. Het resultaat is van een tijdloze schoonheid. Volkskrant

(...) Podger's infectious charm and unaffected musicianship are hard to resist. BBC Music Magazine (…) a joyful noise unto the Lord.


(...) vioolspel op het allerhoogste niveau (...) (...) een uitzonderlijke kwaliteit die de aandacht verdient in het Bachjaar 2000 (...)


(...) Altogether a most impressive and rewarding disc.

Klassieke Zaken

(…) Vederlicht en speels, zodra het kan, introvert, bezonnen, ongehaast ook, maar zo vitaal dat er van saaiheid geen sprake is. Zij munt uit in een vlekkeloze intonatie en perfecte beheersing van de dubbelgrepen. (…)

Vida, Oregon

(…) Sonics are absolute superb (…) (…) We will be hearing a lot more from and about this dramatically talented young Englishwoman.

Alte Musik Aktuell

Das ist fein ziseliert, ausgesprochen musikalisch und technisch hervorragend. Dazu gesellt such jedoch auch eine große Portion Fortune und Esprit – und so entstand eine wirklich ganz bemerkenswerte Einspielung von sehr anspruchsvollen Werken.

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateDecember 1998, April 1999
Recording LocationDoopsgezinde Kerk Deventer, The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks
ProducerJonathan Freeman-attwood, Jared Sacls