A Baroque Festival

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
By putting together a program that is balanced with familiar hits as well as less frequently played but no less worthy pieces, Virgin Classics has produced a satisfying compilation in A Baroque Festival; by getting top-notch performances from the Taverner Players and the Taverner Consort, directed by Andrew Parrott, the label is able to present the music in the best period style. One is never bored with the performances because these brilliant musicians are quite fleet in their Allegros and forward moving in their Andantes, and there is nothing sluggish in their Adagios -- connoisseurs of Baroque music will note with pleasure that Parrott's pacing and the group's energy...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
By putting together a program that is balanced with familiar hits as well as less frequently played but no less worthy pieces, Virgin Classics has produced a satisfying compilation in A Baroque Festival; by getting top-notch performances from the Taverner Players and the Taverner Consort, directed by Andrew Parrott, the label is able to present the music in the best period style. One is never bored with the performances because these brilliant musicians are quite fleet in their Allegros and forward moving in their Andantes, and there is nothing sluggish in their Adagios -- connoisseurs of Baroque music will note with pleasure that Parrott's pacing and the group's energy never flag, so the pieces are as crisp and lively as any authentic practice ensemble could play them. Pachelbel's "Canon and Gigue" is perhaps the least necessary offering here, but it is at least played as it was written -- for three violins and continuo -- and taken at a fairly brisk clip, so there is not a trace of modern sentimentality in this bravura performance. Other selections are more or less expected, such as Handel's famous "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba," and the equally familiar Sinfonia from Bach's "Cantata No. 29," but there are plenty of pieces that don't get as much popular attention, notably Purcell's charming "Three Parts upon a Ground" which could give Pachelbel's "Canon" a run for the money any day, and the gorgeous "Harp Concerto in B flat major," which is one of Handel's finest works, played here in its entirety. Also of interest is the "Suite of Theatre Music," which brings together several of the best-known instrumental numbers from Purcell's semi-operas, and the handful of Sinfonias from Bach's cantatas that seldom appear on Baroque samplers. The recording quality is consistently clear and vibrant throughout, and the period instruments are captured with special care for their delicate shadings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • UPC: 094639134021
  • Catalog Number: 91340

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Synfony: "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Parrott (2:52)
  2. 2–4 Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294 - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Lawrence-King (13:56)
  3. 3 Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D/F, Z. 731 - Henry Purcell & Alison Bury (5:10)
  4. 4 The Indian Queen, semi-opera, Z. 630: Trumpet Overture - Henry Purcell & Andrew Parrott (2:47)
  5. 5 Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Rondeau - Henry Purcell & Andrew Parrott (1:34)
  6. 6 The Gordian Knot Unty'd, incidental music, Z. 597: Chaconne - Henry Purcell & Andrew Parrott (1:49)
  7. 7 The Indian Queen, semi-opera, Z. 630: Symphony and Dance - Henry Purcell & Andrew Parrott (1:47)
  8. 10–11 Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337 - Johann Pachelbel & Alison Bury (5:05)
  9. 11 Cantata No. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir," BWV 29 (BC B8): Sinfonia. Presto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (3:38)
  10. 12 Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): Sinfonia. Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (2:24)
  11. 13 Cantata No. 31, "Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret," BWV 31 (BC A55): Sonata. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (2:24)
  12. 14 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Part 2. Sinfonia - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (6:02)
  13. 15 Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Sonatina. Molto adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Anneke Boeke (2:44)
  14. 16 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Choral. Jesus bleibet meine Freude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (2:15)
  15. 17 Cantata No. 174, "Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte," BWV 174 (BC A87): Sinfonia. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (5:45)
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