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Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque
‘Rachel Podger’s crack team deliver miracles of virtuosity.’
The Observer
‘Inspirational originality elicits inspirational playing’
BBC Music Magazine, Record of the Month
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 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
Čičič and Johannes Pramsohler.
Brecon Baroque specialises in the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, mostly as a one-to-apart 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, Japan and a UK tour of Mid Wales Opera’s Acis and Galatea in a new collaboration with the
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Upcoming performances include Rachel’s own Brecon
Baroque Festival, Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico Concertos and Bach Art of Fugue in the UK and Europe.
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. A second disc, Bach’s Double and Triple Concertos, was released in 2013 to rave
reviews, including CD of the week nominations for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, HR2 Kultur
(Germany) and WQXR (New York). In 2015 the group’s third disc, a complete recording of Vivaldi's
L'Estro Armonico concertos was Record of the Month for both the BBC Music Magazine and
Gramophone Magazine, was awarded a Diapason d’Or and was shortlisted for a Gramophone
Award. “Extraordinary music, complex and symbolic” (Jessica Duchen) describes the latest disc
Rosary Sonatas: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber which was released in Autumn 2015. Brecon
Baroque’s next recording, Bach Art of Fugue, will be released in Spring 2016.
Brecon Baroque is managed worldwide by Percius. www.percius.co.uk
www.rachelpodger.com/brecon-baroque
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