Rachel Podger’s Cello Suites
This is the first time the famous J.S. Bach Cello Suites are recorded and released performed on violin. Could you think of a better candidate for this adventure than the ‘Queen of the Baroque Violin’ (Sunday Times), Rachel Podger?
“(…) I gradually could feel these pieces joining the violin partitas and sonatas as another kind of ‘daily bread’; I started catching myself playing some of the movements I particularly loved while warming up, and realising that it was actually possible to play them on the violin, and to find a special expressive vocabulary at the higher pitch. How could one possibly justify it, especially with works that have peppered the recording catalogue with some of the most iconic and adored string performances of all time, the Casals, Fourniers, Torteliers or Starkers? But what I was doing also seemed very much in keeping with Bach’s own habit of recycling his compositions for different instruments and different uses. The examples are endless, (…) Think of the Prelude of the E major Partita for violin turned into a full orchestral cantata movement with trumpets and drums…”
— Rachel Podger (excerpt from liner notes)