Rachel Podger and Tafelmusik ignite the quintessential spirit of the baroque in this program of music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and others.

Three continents meet when Tafelmusik and Rachel Podger take the works of European masters on tour to Asia before bringing them home to our Toronto audience.

The journey begins with an array of baroque treasures from Rachel’s native England: works by Handel, Purcell and Charles Avison. New to the Tafelmusik stage is an orchestral suite by the Bohemian composer Antonín Reichenauer, an enchanting dialogue between strings and winds. Vivaldi’s exuberant Concerto for four violins from L’Estro armonico transports us to shimmering Venice, a welcome respite from the winter chill.

No baroque blowout would be complete without the music of J.S. Bach, and who better to bring out the “infectiously spritely bounce and exhilarating dramatic tension” (BBC) of his Violin Concerto in A Minor than Rachel Podger?

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Running Time
2 hours
Style of Music
Baroque orchestral

Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

Guest artists

Rachel Podger

Principal guest director & violin soloist

“Rachel Podger, the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,” (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of baroque and classical music. Fresh from being announced as the winner of two 2023 BBC Music Magazine Awards for Instrumental Recording and Recording of the Year, as 23/24 Artist in Focus for Kings Place, and with two new albums released this month, Principal Guest Director Rachel Podger was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and the Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020. A creative programmer, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

Following an exciting and innovative collaboration, A Guardian Angel, with the vocal ensemble VOCES8, Rachel was thrilled to be one of the Artists in Residence at the renowned Wigmore Hall in 2019/2020. Alongside this, Rachel and Christopher Glynn released the world premiere of three previously unfinished Mozart sonatas as completed by Timothy Jones (2021). Their second disc together of three Beethoven Sonatas was released in March 2022. Recent recordings include a disc of solo repertoire along with a recording of C.P.E. Bach sonatas with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout.


Directed by Rachel Podger
Tafelmusik Orchestra 


Handel Concerto grosso in G Major
Avison Concerto no. 6 in D Major, after Scarlatti 
Vivaldi Concerto for 4 violins in E Minor
Bach Concerto for violin in A minor, BWV 1041 Reichenauer Suite in B-flat Major

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