Rachel Podger

Vivaldi L'estro armonico

Rachel Podger

Vivaldi

L’estro armonico
Rachel Podger (violin); Brecon Baroque
Channel Classics CCS SA 36515 (hybrid CD/SACD)

Reviewed April 2015

Brecon Baroque, founded by Rachel Podger in 2007, illuminates Vivaldi’s score in a benchmark performance. In its day, L’estro armonico (‘Harmonic Inspiration’) took Europe by storm, showing how string players could outbid opera singers in their expressiveness. To listen to this recording is to enter a brilliant, delicate dialogue between the finest artists.

Audio clip: Allegro from Concerto No. 8, RV230