Rachel Podger

Distinguished violinist and director Rachel Podger leads The English Concert in a feast of suites and concertos by J.S. Bach and his lifelong friend Telemann.

The English Concert
Rachel Podger director/violin

Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C BWV 1066
Telemann Quintet in F minor TWV 44:32
CPE Bach Symphony in G for strings and continuo WQ182/1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2 in A minor for violin, strings and continuo (after BWV 1067)
Telemann Concerto for three oboes and three violins in B flat TWV 44:43
Bach Double concerto for violin and oboe in C minor BWV 1060

Distinguished violinist and director Rachel Podger leads The English Concert in a feast of suites and concertos by JS Bach and his lifelong friend Telemann. Adding spice to the banquet, and continuing our family focus from the Buxton Festival, is Bach’s son (and Telemann’s godson) Carl Philipp Emanuel whose extraordinary symphonies were to challenge all the established conventions of the early 18th Century and point a way forward to the classical and romantic world of Beethoven and beyond.

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Soloists & Players
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Internationally renowned baroque violinist Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods

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Season Highlights
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Barbican, London

Uniting some of Handel’s greatest music with all-star casts, directed by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and with our virtuosic orchestra in full flight, it is an unmissable event. With Ariodante and Rinaldo in most recent seasons, now comes the turn of Semele; a tale of adultery and revenge amongst Gods.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichordBrenda Rae SemeleElizabeth...

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Wigmore Hall, London

All three are based on the favourite chorale of the time, Veni redemptor gentium (as translated by Luther). Despite the chorale’s medieval origins, BWV 61 shows the influence of the avant-garde French Ouverture. In BWV 62 he turns to Vivaldian concerti for inspiration, while in BWV 36 the ancient tune is knitted into the very genetic heart of the music. In each case the results are joyous in their...

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St John's Smith Square, London

His skilful crafting of the Messa per il Santíssimo Natale, with double choirs and such variety of colour and texture, is enough to leave us searching the archives for even more treasures.The English ConcertChoir of The English ConcertLaurence Cummings director/organCecilia Osmond sopranoRebecca Outram sopranoHelen Charlston altoNick Pritchard tenorMarcus Farnsworth baritoneScarlatti Messa per il...

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Wigmore Hall, London

Muffat moves his own chess pieces in his quest to unite the styles of France, Italy and Germany, while Bach offers one of his timeless masterpieces. Christian Curnyn returns to direct the orchestra with much-loved repertoire.The English ConcertChristian Curnyn director/harpsichordNadja Zwiener violinTuomo Suni violinHandel Concerto Grosso in D Op.6, No.5 HWV 323Purcell Suite from Dioclesian Z627Bach...

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