Breathe: The Relaxing Baroque

Breathe: The Relaxing Baroque

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The success of this album may depend on the expectation the title, Breathe: The Relaxing Baroque, elicits in the buyer. The music is certainly not tension-raising -- the pieces are all in cheerful major keys -- but quite a few are perky and energetic, and some are fairly loud, so they're not what most listeners would want for lulling them off to sleep for a napSee more details below

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The success of this album may depend on the expectation the title, Breathe: The Relaxing Baroque, elicits in the buyer. The music is certainly not tension-raising -- the pieces are all in cheerful major keys -- but quite a few are perky and energetic, and some are fairly loud, so they're not what most listeners would want for lulling them off to sleep for a nap on the couch. With that caveat, the quality of most of the performances is good, and the CD features some prominent performers from Telarc's catalog, including the Boston Baroque, conducted by Martin Pearlman, and guitarists Angel Romero and David Russell. Telarc does a good job identifying the pieces and performers (which can't always be assumed in this kind of compilation), and which earlier release each track is taken from, in case the listener finds something he or she especially likes and wants more of the same. The only questionable track is the final one, a jazz version of "Jesu, joy of man's desiring." On its own terms, it's a very nice performance by the Jacques Loussier Trio, but it's entirely out of character with the rest of the album and is something of a stylistic jolt. The sound quality, particularly the sense of presence, varies considerably between tracks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408071324
catalogNumber:
80713
Rank:
236499

Tracks

  1. Water Music Suite No.3 for orchestra in G major, HWV 350: Sarabande  - George Frideric Handel  -  Boston Baroque  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Martin Pearlman
  2. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Menuet 1 & 2  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Boston Baroque  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Martin Pearlman
  3. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Angel Romero
  4. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude in C major  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - John O'Conor
  5. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: La Paix  - George Frideric Handel  -  Boston Baroque  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Martin Pearlman
  6. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Simone Dinnerstein
  7. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale No. 1), BWV 645 (BC K22)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - David Russell
  8. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Boston Baroque  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Martin Pearlman
  9. Guitar Concerto, for guitar, strings & continuo in A major (arranged from Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82): Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Keith Clark  - Larry Cooperman  -  Concerts du Monde
  10. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/2, HWV 320: Andante larghetto  - George Frideric Handel  -  Boston Baroque  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Martin Pearlman
  11. Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: Adagio ma non tanto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Boston Baroque  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Martin Pearlman
  12. Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321: Polonaise: Andante  - George Frideric Handel  -  Boston Baroque  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Martin Pearlman
  13. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, chorale  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Jacques Loussier Trio

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