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Bach - Works for Solo Violin and Cello

with Rachel Podger

In this masterclass, Rachel Podger teaches her students famous works from the chamber music repertoire, composed by Bach, for violin and cello.

Instrument Violin , Cello

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Level
intermediate
Course Length
11 lessons · 2h 38m

Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance. Over the last two decades she has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of Baroque and Classical periods and holds numerous recordings to her name ranging from early seventeenth century to Mozart. 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.

Teaching is also a significiant part of Rachel musical life. She is a professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal academy of Music in London where she is also an Honorary Member.

In this masterclass, she presents two works by Bach. First, Partita No. 2 in D Minor, in five movements, particularly known for its fifth movement, the "Chaconne." Then, a very long and rich score, Bach's Partita No. 2, which requires a great musical sensitivity and virtuosity. It is a Major work of the solo violin repertoire of that time, just like the Partita No. 3 in E Minor, the last work in the set of six Sonatas and Partitas, and probably the most famous. Its prelude, prompt and technical, is the most played, with the famous Loure.

Composed between 1717 and 1723, the Six suites for unaccompanied cello are also presented, along with the Cello Suite No.3 in C Major and the Cello Suite No.5 in C Minor. Considered key works in the cello repertoire, they have been played by the greatest cellists. They are particularly recognized for their pedagogical value, as Bach included all the polyphonic characteristics of the instrument.

Students: Colin Scobie, Violin; George Clifford, Baroque Violin; Violeta Barrena, Violin; Hetti Price, Baroque Cello; Vladimir Waltham, Baroque Cello

In partnership with The Masterclass Media Foundation Archives, which provides a valuable educational resource in order to perpetuate musical passion and knowledge from one generation to another. [MMF043]


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Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance. Over the last two decades she has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods and holds numerous recordings to her name ranging from early seventeenth century music to Mozart. She was educated in Germany and in England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Micaela 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, touring Europe and the USA. A highlight of this collaboration was a televised concert at the BBC Proms in 2007. 2009 saw a recording of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with violist Pavlo Beznosiuk, together with 2 Haydn Violin concertos.

Over the years Rachel has enjoyed numerous collaborations with orchestras all over the world; projects special to her have been those with Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica and Santa Fe Pro Musica (USA), The Academy of Ancient Music, The European Union Baroque Orchestra and the Holland Baroque Society.

Photo credit: Jonas Sacks

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