by David McCormick, March 12, 2020
Rachel Podger’s recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas were my very first exposure to baroque violin. I was blown away by the clarity and roundness of the sound, but what really caught my attention was her improvised flourish in the Gavotte of the E Major Partita. No one had told me you could take such liberties with Bach! For me, this was the start of my deep love for baroque music on period instruments.