36 Songs, 2 Hours 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rachel Podger has done the seemingly impossible—taken Bach’s revered cello suites, arranged them for violin, and created something wholly and thrillingly new. The surprise of hearing a violin play the usually deep, rich opening movement to Cello Suite No. 1 is immediately overtaken by a sense that Podger has built something beautiful, tasteful, and lasting on Bach’s foundations. Her performances on period strings—exquisitely phrased, finely paced, refreshingly light—complement her thrilling vision for these masterpieces, too, from Suite No. 5’s plaintive “Allemande” to the playful “Gigue” that ends Suite No. 3. In short, it’s an utter joy to hear Bach’s originals work so well in such a different environment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rachel Podger has done the seemingly impossible—taken Bach’s revered cello suites, arranged them for violin, and created something wholly and thrillingly new. The surprise of hearing a violin play the usually deep, rich opening movement to Cello Suite No. 1 is immediately overtaken by a sense that Podger has built something beautiful, tasteful, and lasting on Bach’s foundations. Her performances on period strings—exquisitely phrased, finely paced, refreshingly light—complement her thrilling vision for these masterpieces, too, from Suite No. 5’s plaintive “Allemande” to the playful “Gigue” that ends Suite No. 3. In short, it’s an utter joy to hear Bach’s originals work so well in such a different environment.

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