Bach Double and Triple concertos
Was everything that Bach wrote a deathless masterpiece or did he have off-days like the rest of us? Of course, the answer is that he wasn't always inspired and there are plenty of works in his copious output that don't really bear repeated listening. This album is so good, though, that Rachel Podger and her colleagues almost persuaded me that the slow movement of the concerto for violin, flute and harpsichord is not the most boring piece of music that Bach ever penned (they didn't, though, because it is). As always with Podger's Bach, the tempi are just about perfect, with beautifully sprung rhythms and she never feels the need to exaggerate either speeds or articulation like some of the more tiresome Italian ensembles. The result is that everything feels totally natural and the great masterpieces emerge as fresh as ever, while even the lesser works get the best possible advocacy. You don't need any other version of these pieces once you have this.