Telemann - Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin (2002)


Rachel Podger

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Rachel Podger – Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin from G.P. Telemann

In November of 2001, one of my first recordings using the DSD technology was in a small unknown church – Dorset England.  Rachel Podger had chosen the church as she had played a concert there as some point and thought it would be perfect for the solo Telemann Sonatas. I agreed sight unseen.
The church turned out to be very small with very close side walls with no place for me to sit with my equipment.  Granted it was very silent ( in the middle of fields) but I was just not happy with the acoustics so that I decided to only release this album on normal 44.1 pcm. A couple of months ago I listened to the DSD master again and have now decided to still bring this out on DSD stereo and multichannel.  DSD does give the extra dimension of imagery and honesty to the sound which in the end does enlighten the music listening.  Jared Sacks

Johann Mattheson in Der Vollkommene Capellmeister (Hamburg 1739) says about a fantasia: "Even though they (the fantasias) all give the impression of being played ad-lib, most of them are nonetheless written down properly, however, they are so very little kept in place and order that no one could hardly find a better general term to designate them than the one describing a good idea." Good ideas they are indeed, and plenty of them! They often occur in rapid succession, chasing each other across the page in vibrant fast movements, pausing here and there to give room for the next inspiration, or unfolding gradually and reflectively in poignant slow movements. Unconnected ideas stand next to each other, unaware of each others presence: motifs, rhythms, sequences of intervals and melodic lines change direction and character at a whim. Broken chords alternate with agitated scales and passagework, grave and solemn passages appear next to dance-like ones. The musical story throughout the movements is always clear as you become aware of Telemanns ingenious way of giving free reign to his imagination within a cohesive underlying musical structure....

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Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance. Over the last two decades she has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. She was educated inGermany and in England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti. After beginnings with The Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium, she was leader ofThe English Concert from 1997 to 2002 and in 2004 began a guest directorship with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with whom she appeared in a televised bbc Prom in 2007.

As a guest director and soloist she has collaborated with numerous orchestras including Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica and Santa Fe ProMusica (usa), The Academy of Ancient Music, The European Union BaroqueOrchestra, Holland Baroque Society, the Handel and Haydn Society (usa), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (usa). Rachel has toured and recorded extensively with fortepianist Gary Cooper. Rachel records exclusively for Channel Classics and has won numerous prestigious awards including the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award for La Stravaganza in2003 and the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for the LaCetra Vivaldi concertos with Holland Baroque Society in 2012.

Rachel directs her own ensemble, Brecon Baroque, with whom she has recorded Bach’s Violin Concertos, released in October 2010 to outstanding reviews. She is also Artistic Director of her own festival: the Brecon Baroque Festival. Rachel is an honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music (where she holds the Michaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin) and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (where she holds the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin) and teaches at institutions throughout the world.

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Telemann - Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin (2002)


Rachel Podger


Strongly recommended.

    American Record Guide

she naturally flows from one inventive musical thought to the next with never a rushed moment. () Wet paint () Podger certainly shows both the technique and the temper for these works, in carefull shaped and thoughtful performances. ()

    Turoks Choice -

Fantastisch voor wie eens wat anders wil horen dan Bachs sonates en partitas () vividly played ()Performace/Sound *****


Rachel Podger zet 12 mooie miniatuurtjes neer () Luister () Podger spielt die Barockvioline so sinnlich, so blut- und so glutvoll, wie man es sonst bei diesem Instrument nicht unbedingt gewohn ist ()

    Klassieke Zaken

Podger speelt het allemaal met zwier en gevoel voor theater en dat is door de technici van Channel prachtig vastgelegd. ()

    Het Parool

Deze violiste kan ik 2002 zonder enige opsmuk de 12 Fantasien voor soloviool op de plaat zetten. () () Podger laat er geen misverstand over bestaan dat Telemann minstens zo inventief was als zijn lichtend voorbeeld J.S. Bach

    BBC Music Magasine

Podgers tone is warm and it is a manner of sensitive declamation that I find convincing and affecting


she dances her way easily and gracefully through the music () () clean intonation, pleasingly resonant tone and a palpable sense of natural and spontaneous enjoyment.

Telemann - Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin (2002)


Rachel Podger

Cables: van der Hul
Digital Converters: DCS 950 AD converter
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamand series
Microphones: Bruel &Kjaer
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Johnathan Freeman Attwood
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: St. Micahels Church, West Compton, Dorset UK
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Fantasia 1 in B flat Major
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