For your consideration, in the first round voting of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, in the category Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Beyond Bach & Vivaldi - Rare Unaccompanied Works For The Baroque Violin; Augusta McKay Lodge (Naxos)


Dazzling as this criminally neglected repertoire may be (the Matteis Alia fantasia that opens the album is a must-listen), the true gem here is the bold, yet nuanced technique of Augusta McKay Lodge. Hers is a name to watch.
— WQXR (Best New Recordings of 2018)
[With a] wide-ranging emotional expression… she offers some imaginative accounts, demonstrating much technical assurance, a varied expressive palette and due appreciation of national idioms…All played with substantial accuracy and musical perception, and commendable style.
— The Strad

Beyond Bach and Vivaldi

Rare unaccompanied works for the Baroque violin

Though Bach’s set of six Sonatas and Partitas represents the pinnacle of writing for the solo violin, the Baroque repertoire was rich in compositions for the unaccompanied violin, much of which remains little explored. On this recording Augusta McKay Lodge, hailed as ‘the real thing, a true virtuoso’ (Seen and Heard), explores masters of the genre such as Biber, Locatelli and Pisendel but delves deeper to include the impassioned works of Nicola Matteis, the Franco-Italian warmth of Thomas Baltzar and a series of other long-overshadowed works by their contemporaries.


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