Brecon Baroque

Rachel Podger's crack team deliver miracles of virtuosity.

The Observer

Inspirational originality elicits inspirational playing.

BBC Music Magazine

intimacy in the rapt slow movements and sizzling dash in the allegros.

The Sunday Times

Brecon Baroque

Director: Rachel Podger

The dynamic ensemble Brecon Baroque consists of an international line-up of some of the leading lights in the period-instrument world, including cellist Alison McGillivray, violist Jane Rogers, harpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz, lutenist Daniele Caminiti and violinist Johannes Pramsohler. The ensemble specialises in mainly one-to-a-part performances but also appears as a small baroque orchestra for Vivaldi, Telemann, Purcell and Handel.

Rachel and Brecon Baroque’s debut CD, Bach Violin Concertos, attracted universal critical acclaim and was quickly hailed as a benchmark recording of these works. Bach Double and Triple Concertos, was released to rave reviews in 2013 including CD of the week nominations for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, HR2 Kultur (Germany) and WQXR (New York). The group’s third disc, a complete recording of Vivaldi L'Estro Armonico concertos was Record of the Month for both the BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Magazine, was awarded a Diapason d’Or, and won the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award. Biber Rosary Sonatas won the 2016 Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award. Bach Art of Fugue, their latest disc, was released in September 2016. Upcoming recordings include Grandissima Gravita (2017), Vivaldi Four Seasons (2017), and solo Bach (2018) in celebration of Rachel's 50th birthday.

Upcoming performances include the Brecon Baroque Festival, European and UK tours of Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico concertos, Bach Art of Fugue, and Vivaldi Four Seasons. Recent highlights include tours of continental Europe, Japan and a UK tour of Mid Wales Opera’s Acis and Galatea in a collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

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