Best Baroque 50

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Best Baroque 50 is a triple-disc compilation of recordings, organized according to three European regions closely identified with different styles and practices in the 17th and 18th centuries. The first disc concentrates on music by composers who lived and worked in England, including George Frederick Handel, Henry Purcell, and Jeremiah Clarke, but a few Renaissance figures are also listed, such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland, perhaps because there were so few British composers of note in the Baroque period. The second CD focuses on music from Mediterranean countries, so Italy is represented by Antonio Vivaldi, Luigi Boccherini, and Domenico ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Best Baroque 50 is a triple-disc compilation of recordings, organized according to three European regions closely identified with different styles and practices in the 17th and 18th centuries. The first disc concentrates on music by composers who lived and worked in England, including George Frederick Handel, Henry Purcell, and Jeremiah Clarke, but a few Renaissance figures are also listed, such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland, perhaps because there were so few British composers of note in the Baroque period. The second CD focuses on music from Mediterranean countries, so Italy is represented by Antonio Vivaldi, Luigi Boccherini, and Domenico Scarlatti, along with a handful of lesser lights, while Renaissance genius Tomás Luis de Victoria and Classical composer Antonio Soler are the most significant names to appear on behalf of Spain. To close out the set, the third disc concentrates on music from German composers, most notably the master, J.S. Bach, but also Georg Phillipp Telemann, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Pachelbel, and Georg Matthias Monn. EMI has selected from its extensive backlist 50 recordings, which date from 1968 to 2003, so there is a mix of ADD and DDD masterings, as well as a range of different performance practices, so the listener is essentially exposed to the various ways Baroque music has been interpreted in the modern age. This package is perhaps most useful to beginners who can use it as a broad introduction to this seminal period of western music, but most others will use it less often as a reference.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099945750328
  • Catalog Number: 57503
  • Sales rank: 88,268

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & Academy of Ancient Music (5:21)
  2. 2 The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major - Jeremiah Clarke & Richard Hickox (1:04)
  3. 3 Lachrimae antiquae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Fretwork (4:17)
  4. 4 Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Rondeau - Henry Purcell & Andrew Parrott (1:36)
  5. 5 Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299 - Thomas Tallis & Andrew Parrott (10:18)
  6. 6 With lilies white, consort song for voice & 4 viols - Gérard Lesne & William Byrd (4:53)
  7. 7 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Overture - Henry Purcell & Emmanuelle Haïm (2:15)
  8. 8 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Your counsel all... / Great minds... / Thy - Henry Purcell & Susan Graham (7:00)
  9. 9 Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323 - Henry Purcell & James Bowman (8:57)
  10. 10 O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406 - Henry Purcell & Nancy Argenta (6:11)
  11. 11 Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - George Frideric Handel & Andrew Parrott (2:47)
  12. 12 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah - George Frideric Handel & James Bowman (3:59)
  13. 13 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: He was despised - George Frideric Handel & James Bowman (11:48)
  14. 14 Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Overture - Hornpipe - George Frideric Handel & London Classical Players (5:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Opening chorus - Antonio Vivaldi & Andrew Parrott (2:29)
  2. 2 Oboe Concerto in C minor, SF. 799 (attributed to A. Marcello): 2. Adagio - Benedetto Marcello & Richard Stamp (3:51)
  3. 3 Quintet for guitar & strings in E minor, G. 451 (arrangement Piano Quintet, G. 407): 3. Menuetto - Luigi Boccherini & Europa Galante (3:38)
  4. 4 Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 9 (L. 413), "Pastorale" - Domenico Scarlatti & Mikhail Pletnev (4:01)
  5. 5 Stabat mater, for soprano, alto, strings & organ in F major: Opening - Giovanni Pergolesi & Véronique Gens (4:46)
  6. 6 Double Mandolin Concerto, for 2 mandolins, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532: 1. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & Fabio Biondi (4:00)
  7. 7 Crucifixus - Antonio Lotti & Andrew Parrott (3:09)
  8. 8 Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, B. g5 ("The Devil's Trill"): 3. Allegro - Giuseppe Tartini & Olivier Dupre (3:18)
  9. 9 The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: No. 1. Spring (La primavera) - Antonio Vivaldi & Chiara Banchini (10:00)
  10. 10 Piccolo (Flautino) Concerto, for piccolo (or recorder/flute), strings & continuo in C Major, RV 444: 1. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & Louis Auriacombe (4:06)
  11. 11 Fandango for keyboard in A major, MV1a - Antonio Soler & Maggie Cole (10:38)
  12. 12 O vos omnes, responsory for 4 voices - Harry Christophers & Tomás Luis de Victoria (3:28)
  13. 13 Diferencias sobre las Folias - Antonio Martín y Coll & Jordi Savall (6:49)
  14. 14 Ay luna que reluces, villancico - Anonymous & Montserrat Figueras (3:23)
  15. 15 Pavan and galliard d'Alexandra, for vihuela - Alonso de Mudarra & Nancy Hadden (2:59)
  16. 16 Messe de Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 23: Sanctus - J. Domingos Bomtempo & Michel Corboz (2:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Andrew Parrott (3:40)
  2. 2 Canzonetta for organ in A minor, BuxWV 225 - Dietrich Buxtehude & Nicholas Danby (1:55)
  3. 3 Cello Concerto in G minor: 3. Allegro non tanto - Georg Matthias Monn & Capella Agostino Steffani (4:34)
  4. 4 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus bleibet meine Freude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (2:15)
  5. 5 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & English Chamber Orchestra (4:47)
  6. 6 Concerto for 4 harpsichords, strings & continuo in A minor (after Vivaldi, RV 580), BWV 1065: 1. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bernhard Klapprott (4:22)
  7. 7–8 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Werner Jacob (9:25)
  8. 8 Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51 (BC A134): Aria: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen - Johann Sebastian Bach & Nancy Argenta (4:17)
  9. 9 Work(s): Suite in A minor: Les Plaisirs - Georg Philipp Telemann & Neville Marriner (2:37)
  10. 10 Work(s): Oboe Concerto in F minor: 2. Largo - Georg Philipp Telemann & Han de Vries (2:18)
  11. 11 Cantata No. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir," BWV 29 (BC B8): Sinfonia - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (3:39)
  12. 12 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maggie Cole (4:31)
  13. 13 St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Es ist vollbracht - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (5:52)
  14. 14 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: 3. Presto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Rachel Beckett (4:27)
  15. 15 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ralph Kirshbaum (2:34)
  16. 16 Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat anima mea - Johann Sebastian Bach & La Petite Bande (2:59)
  17. 17 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Melante Amsterdam (9:14)
  18. 18 Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: 2. Siciliano - Johann Sebastian Bach & Lionel Rogg (2:19)
  19. 19 Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: 5. La Réjouissance - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (2:33)
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