The opening sonata from Bach’s Cantata “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen” BWV182–a beautiful work for solo violin and recorder with string accompaniment. Rachel Podger & Hanneke van Proosdij, soloists; live, 4K UHD video from our concert at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, June, 2016.
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Every two years, the San Francisco Early Music Society presents some of the finest ensembles in the world at the Berkeley Early Music Festival; we hope you enjoy this work from the “Art of the Baroque Violin” concert with Rachel Podger.
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Hanneke van Proosdij & David Tayler, directors
Rachel Podger, Carla Moore, Kati Kyme & Elizabeth Blumenstock (center, left to right), baroque violins
Hanneke van Proosdij, recorder
Lisa Grodin, baroque viola
William Skeen, baroque cello
Farley Pearce, violone
Katherine Heater, baroque organ
David Tayler, archlute
Special thanks to the San Francisco Early Music Society and BFX 2016 for presenting these concerts.
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