Brecon Baroque

The collective sense of style shown by Podger and her ensemble produces music making of inspiring vitality...

International Record Review

This is the most effervescent, zingy Bach Double Concerto I’ve heard.

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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 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 and Japan, a UK tour of Mid Wales Opera’s Acis and Galatea in a new collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and appearances at the Stour, York Early Music and Spitalfields festivals. Upcoming performances include Bach’s Musical Offering at the Greenwich Early Music Festival and Rachel’s own Brecon Baroque Festival, and an exciting Baroque Opera collaboration with conductor Robert Hollingworth and the Wroclaw Philharmonic.

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. Following this, in 2013, their recording of Bach’s Double and Triple Concertos was released on the same label, and has been showered with praise, including being nominated CD of the week for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, HR2 Kultur (Germany) and WQXR (New York). The group’s next release is a complete recording of Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico concertos, in 2015.

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