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Thursday, 30 September 2010

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In A minor, BWV 1041; in E, BWV 1042; in G minor, after BWV 1056; in A, after BWV 1055.

Rachel Podger, violin; Brecon Baroque
(Channel Classics).

Pierre Noxious writes.

Couldn't resist this one. Tell you why.

Rachel Podger. Isn't that a brilliant name?

When I was a kid, my folks ran a shop in Garforth (near Leeds. Garforth's that place where the local football club has given Gazza a job). Round the corner was a pub called The Podger and that fascinated my mum.

(I say "was" but I just checked - it's still there. It has a web site)

Turns out a podger is a kind of big spanner. There's a ratchet ring podger and an open end cranked podger. Isn't that ace?

So anyway, I was hoping that this rather lovely Rachel wouldn't play these Bachs like a ruddy big spanner. Ha ha.

She doesn't.

Interesting point - the two "afters" are apparently transcriptions from harpsichord concertos "now lost" (according to the guy in BBC Music - they still won't let me write for them, Bastards).

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