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 was founded in 2007 by violinist and director Rachel Podger as resident ensemble at her annual Brecon Baroque Festival. The international line-up consists of some of the leading lights in the period-instrument world, such as cellist Alison McGillivray, flautist Katy Bircher, oboist Alexandra Bellamy and violist Jane Rogers, as well as some of Rachel's former students who now occupy leading positions in many of Europe's finest ensembles: violinists Bojan Cicic and Johannes Pramsohler.

Brecon Baroque specialises in the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, mostly as a one-to-a-part ensemble based on the Cafe Zimmerman ensemble which Bach himself directed. They also appear as a small baroque orchestra for Vivaldi, Telemann, Purcell and Handel.

Brecon Baroque is in demand at home and abroad: recent highlights include tours of continental Europe, Japan and a UK tour of Mid Wales Opera’s Acis and Galatea in a new collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Upcoming performances include Bach Art of Fugue at Wigmore Hall, Rachel's own Brecon Baroque Festival and Vivaldo L'Estro Armonico concertos in Europe and Korea.

In 2010 Rachel and Brecon Baroque recorded Bach's Violin Concertos for Channel Classics. This debut CD attracted universal critical acclaim and was quickly hailed as a bench-mark recording of these works. A second disc, Bach’s Double and Triple Concertos, was released in 2013 to rave reviews, including CD of the week nominations for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, HR2 Kultur (Germany) and WQXR (New York). The group’s next release in 2015, a complete recording of Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico concertos, was Record of the Month for both the BBC Music and Gramophone Magazines, was awarded a Diapason d’Or and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award.

Brecon Baroque will return to the recording studio in December 2015 for a recording of Bach Art of Fugue.

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