Mendelssohn: Overture & Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Anna Lucia Richter, Barbara Kozelj, Pro Musica women’s choir Nyíregyháza
Classic FM | Album of the Week
“It’s the sign of an outstanding conductor if he can make you hear familiar music in a different way (…) Ivan Fischer‘s account of the celebrated Overture, composed when Mendelssohn was only 16, is full of delightful touches, like the braying of the asses, which has never before made me smile so much.”
After receiving the ‘Editor’s Choice‘ from Gramophone and ‘Concerto Choice‘ from BBC Music Magazine, we are absolutely delighted to bring you the news that Rachel Podger has been awarded the prestigious Diapason d’OR for her account of Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)!
” If ever a disc were self-recommending, this is it: one of today’s most consistently brilliant Baroque violinists, records one of the era’s most famed and engaging works. Enjoy!” – Charlotte Gardner, Gramophone
Editor’s Choice(May Issue, 2018)
Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni – by Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque ALBUM PAGE
Financial Times “Rachel Podger, violinist and director of Brecon Baroque, performs the work with a select group of eight musicians, one to each part. So far from sounding spartan, this releases a freedom and buoyancy in the playing that is quite delightful.” 4 stars
The Sunday Times “Rachel Podger’s Midas touch makes even a warhorse such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons sound fresh-minted. She and her Brecon players see these concertos not as orchestral but as chamber music. Yet there is no lack of power in the big tuttis when the Spring dances are interrupted by downpours or the Summer storm breaks into balmier weather. This Vivaldi has an improvisatory quality, making you listen with cleansed ears.”
Presto Classical “What a treat to listen with fresh ears to Rachel Podger’s delightfully straightforward but unstintingly imaginative new recording with Brecon Baroque, which uses just eight musicians to breathe affectionate new life into scores that have fallen victim to familiarity’s notorious tendency to breed contempt.” Recording of the Week
AllMusic “Podger and her musicians produce a remarkably colorful performance, and fill out the rest of the album with three more violin concertos, Il Riposo per Il santissimo Natale, L’Amoroso, and Il Grosso Mogul, which give new listeners a chance to explore less familiar Vivaldi. Channel Classics recorded this album in St. Jude’s Church, London, and the resonant but unobtrusive acoustics contribute to the group’s vibrant sound. Highly recommended.”
HRAudio.net “Here we have a fresh, uplifting account of Vivaldi’s ubiquitous masterpiece performed impeccably by one of the world’s finest period violinists and recorded in state-of the art sound.”Performance: 5 stars | Sonics (Stereo): 5 stars | Sonics (Multichannel): 5 stars
Have you heard this recording yet? You’ll find free 60 second mp3 samples of each track & the SACD / Downloads on the album page.
“The works in this collection from Telemann’s Essercizii Musici offer well crafted and intelligently composed works for a carefully targeted group of eager consumers. They give testimony to Telemann’s remarkable skill at combining tuneful retrospective melodies with virtuosic and intelligently crafted fast passagework that make up his unique sound scape and ensure his music is immediately recognisable.”
Vivaldi – Le Quattro Stagioni by Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque
Track in the Video: L’Inverno / Winter – II. Largo
Brecon Baroque: Marcin Świątkiewicz, Johannes Pramsohler, Sabine Stoffer, Jane Rogers, Alison McGillivray, Jan Spencer, Daniele Caminiti
Producer Jonathan Freeman-Atwood:
“Working with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque has been an object lesson in starting anew and identifying the ingredients which make ‘Le Quattro Stagioni’ great works. Virtuosity is non-negotiable here and Rachel has it in abundance. But it’s the colour, poetry, vibrancy and evocative characterisation of weather, human warmth and fragility, captured by the dynamic flux of Rachel interlocking with her colleagues in Brecon Baroque, that deliver near-unimaginable qualities in this music.”
These brand new recordings of Ning Feng have just been released, worldwide! They mark his 6th and 7th releases for Channel Classics Records.
“Bach finished this ‘Bible’ of works for the violin in year 1720 when he was 35. I started recording these masterworks at the same age, on the 1721 ‘MacMillan’ Stradivari violin, to pay my tribute to the greatest musician of all time.” – Ning Feng
– Downloads PCM & DSD Both full-length Volumes can be purchase at a lower price to encourage you to pick up both Volume One and Volume Two – Double-CD (not available on SACD) The physical product is a Double-CD, it does not matter whether you purchase it on the Volume One or Volume Two album page