Classical Reissue Reviews
Rachel. The Music I Love – Rachel Podger, violin/ var. assisting artists – Channel Classics (2 CDs)
Published on December 31, 2012
Rachel. The music I love – Rachel Podger, violin/ various assisting artists – Channel Classics CCS SEL 6212 (2 CDs), 156:00 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****:
This is one of those throw-off albums that record companies use to make easy profits on. This is not criticism but the truth. Perhaps the pops world would call them “greatest hits”; the work done, the artists already paid, and all that needs to be done is a little collecting and repackaging of pieces sitting in the vaults. In this case at least Channel is charging two-for-one, so that is somewhat of a bargain. The down side, if there is one, is that the program is somewhat of a mishmash—a concerto from a series here, some variations there, you know how it goes. But then again, at least we are not subjected to the travesty of getting only excerpted movements from different pieces. We do get the entire work, and that makes a huge difference.
Rachel Podger is one of Britain’s most respected period violinists, and her Channel Classics catalog is extensive, well-regarded, and quite competitive. [Though most of it on SACD...Ed.] If you like this sort of compendium there is no doubt that you will find much to enjoy here. I certainly did.
TrackList:CD 1 1 A. VIVALDI Concerto in B flat Major, opus 4 no. 1 Allegro – Largo e cantabile – Allegro from: CCS 19598, La Stravaganza 2 W.A. MOZART 6 Variations in G Minor, KV 374b ‘Hélas, j’ai perdu mon amant from: CCS 28109 3 J.S. BACH Sonata no. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005 Adagio – Fuga – Largo – Allegro assai from: CCS 14498 4 J.PH. RAMEAU Cinquième Concert La Forqueray – La Cupis – La Marais from: CCS 19098 5 W.A. MOZART Sonata in B flat Major, KV 454 Largo – Allegro – Andante – Allegretto from: CCS SA 23606 CD 2 1 A. VIVALDI Concerto in D Major, opus 4 no. 11 Allegro – Largo – Allegro assai from: CCS 19598 La Stravaganza 2 W.A. MOZART Duo for Violin and Viola in B flat Major, KV 424 Adagio – Allegro from: CCS SA 32411 3 J.S. BACH Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 Allegro – Adagio – Allegro assai from: CCS SA 30910 4 J.S. BACH Sonata no. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019 Allegro – Largo – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro from: CC 14798 5 A. VIVALDI Concerto no.1 in C Major RV 181a Allegro – Largo – Allegro from: CCS SA 33412, La Cetra 6 W.A. MOZART Andante & Allegretto in C major, KV 404 Andante – Allegretto from: 23606 7 J.S. BACH Cantabile from Sonata no.6 version 2 BWV 1019a Cantabile ma un poco adagio from: CCS 14798 8 J. HAYDN Violin Concerto in in C Major, HobVII:1 Adagio – Presto from: CCS SA 29309