Grandissima Gravita (SACD)

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Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque

BBC Music Magazine
December 2017
Chamber Choice




Grandissima Gravita - Music by Pisendel, Tartini, Verachini & Vivaldi

Rachel Podger violin
Brecon Baroque

This CD brings together compositions by four violinist-composers.

United by a reverence for Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), and in particular his Opus 5, these works explore the imagination of form that was the Sonata for violin and continuo.

Weaving together stylised dances and the preludic tradition, we are transported to a world of musical alchemy - the violinist creating ex nihilo textures and melodies that entrance and amaze.

Rachel Podger: “The four composers’ connections read like a popular comedy! Violin virtuosos Francesco Maria Verachini and Johann Georg Pisendel had an argument which resulted in Veracini flying into a rage and throwing himself from first floor a balcony, damaging his foot and limping forever after. Verachini amazed Giuseppe Tartini with his astonishingly smooth bowing technique, whereupon Tartini locked himself away to practice. Pisendel studied with Tartini and Antonio Vivaldi...”

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Sonata for Violin and harpsichord in C


Sonata for Violin and continuo in A minor, Op. 2 No. 5


Sonata for violin and continuo in G minor, Op. 2 No. 5

Sonata accademica in D minor, Op. 2 No. 12


Violin Sonata, Op. 2 No. 2 in A major, RV 31

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BBC Music Magazine

December 2017
5 stars

"Her playing is intoxicated and intoxicating in equal measure, buoyed up by the wonderful improvisatory camaraderie of a continuo battery…
Podger, inevitably, is the star, but ultimately the disc’s compulsive spell is down to the triumph of ensemble chemistry.
Even the humblest of cello lines is elevated beyond functionality into something expressive and integral to the overall effect. Bewitching."

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