Sunday 27 April 2008 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)
Rachel Podger: Lucie Skeaping meets violinist Rachel Podger, who reflects on her highly successful career to date and her relationship with the baroque violin.
Rachel Podger: Biography
Rachel Podger of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance over the last decade. Rachel has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. She was educated in Germany and in England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with David Takeno and Michaela Comberti.
After beginnings with The Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium, she was leader of The English Concert from 1997 to 2002. In 2004 Rachel began a guest directorship with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom she has toured throughout Europe and the USA. Rachel directed the orchestra at last year's BBC Proms and this year sees performances of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the OAE and violist Pavlo Beznosiuk. Future plans include Haydn and Mozart Violin Concertos in 2009. Rachel is also in demand as a guest director and has enjoyed collaborations with Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica and Santa Fe Pro Musica (USA), The Academy of Ancient Music and The European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Rachel's recordings of J.S.Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and his Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (with Trevor Pinnock) were both awarded first place by the BBC's "Building a Library" programme. Rachel's recording of Telemann's Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin won the prestigious Diapason d'Or and her 2003 recording of Vivaldi's 12 violin concertos "La Stravaganza" also received the Diapason d'Or as well as winning the 2003 Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Instrumental recording. In 2004 she embarked on a recording of the complete Mozart Sonatas with fortepianist Gary Cooper; volumes 1-5 have already enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim as well as receiving various accolades: Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' twice and the Diapason d'Or three times. Future plans include the Sonatas of Beethoven.
Teaching forms an increasingly significant part of Rachel's musical life; she is Visiting Professor of Baroque Violin and Fellow of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she teaches at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has recently been appointed Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and in September will take up the newly-founded Michaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she is also an Honorary Member RAM.
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JS Bach: Sonate in G Minor - 1. Adagio
Channel CCS 12198
JS Bach: Sonate in G Minor - 4. Presto
Channel CCS 12198
JS Bach: Cantabile from Sonata No 6 BWV 1019a (2nd version)
Rachel Podger, with Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)
Channel CCS 14798
CD 2 Track 19
Marco Uccellini: Aria sopra la Bergamasca
Rachel Podger, (Violin)
Joanna Levine, (Cello)
William Carter, (Theorbo)
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major from "La Stravaganza" Op 4 No 11
Arte Dei Suonatori, Rachel Podger
CHANNEL CLASSICS CCD 19598
CD 2 Tracks: 14-16
Johann Christian Bach: Quartetto in G major, Andre Opus 2 - Rondo Allegretto
For Violin, 2 cellos and fortepiano
Florilegium, Rachel Podger
CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS 9096
Mozart: Sonata in D KV306 - Allegro con spirito
Rachel Podger (violin)
Gary Cooper (fortepiano)
CCS SA 25608
Telemann: Fantasy for solo violin No 1 in B Flat Major - Movements III and IV
CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS 18298