Gary Cooper & Rachel Podger
The Duo partnership of harpsichordist and fortepianist Gary Cooper and classical and baroque violinist Rachel Podger has taken them worldwide. They have not only enjoyed success through their complete Mozart Sonata recording project for Channel Classics which they began in 2004, but also through their diverse concert tours of the US and Europe of Bach Sonatas and baroque duo programmes. Volumes 1-6 of Mozart Sonatas have already enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim as well as receiving various accolades: Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' twice and the Diapason d'Or three times, and hailed as ‘benchmark’ recordings. Volumes 7 and 8 are to be released this year. Future plans for the duo include the Sonatas of Beethoven as well as Sonatas by Corelli and Biber. Their partnership also extends to orchestral projects, including a programme of Haydn symphonies, violin and keyboard concerti and they have also plans to record the Bach Violin Concerti for Channel Classics in 2010.