Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque
“Rachel Podger’s crack team deliver miracles of virtuosity” (The Observer). The dynamic ensemble Brecon Baroque consists of an international line-up of some of the leading lights in the period-instrument world, including cellist Alison McGillivray, violist Jane Rogers, harpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz, violinist Johannes Pramsohler, and lutenist Daniele Caminiti. The ensemble specialises in mainly one-to-a-part performances but also appears as a small baroque orchestra for repertoire including Vivaldi, Telemann, Purcell and Handel.
Rachel and Brecon Baroque’s debut CD, Bach Violin Concertos, attracted universal critical acclaim and was quickly hailed as a benchmark recording of these works. Bach Double and Triple Concertos was released to rave reviews in 2013 including CD of the week nominations for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, HR2 Kultur (Germany) and WQXR (New York). The group’s third disc, a complete recording of Vivaldi 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 won the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award. In 2016, their disc of Biber Rosary Sonatas won the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award, followed by the release of Bach Art of Fugue. In September 2017 Grandissima Gravita was released to great acclaim, with accolades including Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award. Brecon Baroque also recently recorded Le Quattro Stagioni which will be due for release in 2018.
Recent highlights include performances at Edinburgh International Festival, tours of continental Europe, Japan, a UK tour of Mid Wales Opera’s Acis and Galatea in a collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and performances at their very own Brecon Baroque Festival. Future appearances will feature European and UK tours of Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico Concertos, Bach Art of Fugue, and Vivaldi Le Quattro Stagioni, with concerts in Bath, Oxford, York, Aldeburgh, Finland and more.
Brecon Baroque is managed worldwide by Percius. www.percius.co.uk