Beautiful concert at the Cork School of music last night, Rachel Podger on Baroque violin, Pamela Thorby on recorders with Malcolm Proud harpsichord. Rachel's violin playing is sublime. The smooth sound from her exquisitely controlled bow was wonderful to hear. The highlight was her rendition of Sonata No. 3 in E by J. S. Bach It's all in the bow, and keeping all the joints in the arm supple. Her arm was fluid and the sound was fluid. Flexible means you can change direction, speed, texture at any moment and can react to any musical impulse. Rachel says:
"If you're going to get anywhere in this business, you've got to have something special to sell, but if that's not the music, then I'm not interested."