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Guardian Angel - Works by Biber, Bach, Tartini & Pisendel / Rachel Podger, violin

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013
>Matteis, Nicola : Passagio rotto, for violin & continuo (from Ayrs, Book 2)
>Matteis, Nicola : Fantasia for solo violin in B flat major (from Ayrs for the Violin)
>Matteis, Nicola : Movimento incognito, for violin & basso continuo (from Ayrs, Book 2)
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for violin in A minor, B. a3
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonate piccole (26) for Violin solo
>Pisendel, Johann Georg : Sonata for violin solo
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013
>Matteis, Nicola : Passagio rotto, for violin & continuo (from Ayrs, Book 2)
>Matteis, Nicola : Fantasia for solo violin in B flat major (from Ayrs for the Violin)
>Matteis, Nicola : Movimento incognito, for violin & basso continuo (from Ayrs, Book 2)
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for violin in A minor, B. a3
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonate piccole (26) for Violin solo
>Pisendel, Johann Georg : Sonata for violin solo
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The music on this recording demonstrates how Baroque composers in Germany, Italy, Austria and England responded to the challenges of writing for solo violin. Violinistic virtuosity was extraordinarily experimental in the late seventeenth century, with novelties in the tuning of the strings (scordatura), 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 features a mixture of some of Rachel Podger's favorite pieces.

Positive Feedback
Podger's Vivaldi is pure ebullience, her Mozart is vigorous and expressive. Her Bach is the perfect marriage of joy and formality...

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
Characteristically unforced and natural, the playing manages to sound endlessly considered yet spontaneous. There's a sureness to the placing of every note, whether poised or bristling with bite and bravado. And Podger speaks the Italian of Tartini with a native fluency...All in all, utterly 'stupendious'.

MusicWeb International, 8th January 2014
This is a remarkably beautiful recital. I doubt the solo violin has ever been more exquisitely recorded in surround. The instrument just floats before the listener within a lovely acoustic. The playing and the music itself is all gorgeous...Definitely an issue to be purchased immediately as a present to oneself with an extra copy for your closest musical friend.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Overall, this is still very idiomatic and stylish baroque playing, and it would be a good introduction for a violinist or lover of violin repertoire who wanted to start listening outside the old tried and true repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem (05/2013).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013
  • Performer: Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722-1723

>Matteis, Nicola : Passagio rotto, for violin & continuo (from Ayrs, Book 2)
  • Performer: Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Matteis, Nicola : Fantasia for solo violin in B flat major (from Ayrs for the Violin)
  • Performer: Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Matteis, Nicola : Movimento incognito, for violin & basso continuo (from Ayrs, Book 2)
  • Performer: Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for violin in A minor, B. a3
  • Performer: Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1755

>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonate piccole (26) for Violin solo
  • Performer: Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1750

>Pisendel, Johann Georg : Sonata for violin solo
  • Performer: Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor
  • Performer: Rachel Podger (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1676