Essential Baroque

Essential Baroque

     
 
EMI's Essential Baroque is a double-disc of 40 short pieces and excerpts that represent the best of western art music from the 17th and early 18th centuries. While the use of references to popular movies that featured themes from these works is a little obvious -- remember that snappy tune from Die Hard? -- they do point up the fact that Baroque music is still

Overview

EMI's Essential Baroque is a double-disc of 40 short pieces and excerpts that represent the best of western art music from the 17th and early 18th centuries. While the use of references to popular movies that featured themes from these works is a little obvious -- remember that snappy tune from Die Hard? -- they do point up the fact that Baroque music is still a part of our popular culture, and deservedly so, because much memorable music was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and the 12 other composers represented here. As is typical of EMI's compilations, the recording dates range over several decades, and here the selections date from 1965 to 1994, so there is a mix of analog and digital recordings, as well as fairly broad sampling of performance styles. The last half of the 20th century saw many changes in the way Baroque music was played, so this collection reveals how historically informed performance practice led to contemporary preferences for stream-lined ensembles, greater freedom in ornamentation and idiomatic improvisation, and using original instruments wherever possible. Of course, the older conventional styles of playing are represented, too, so the Pachelbel "Canon" (Runaway Bride) is heard in an ultra-slow version, and the spurious Albinoni "Adagio" is played with all the Romantic passion required of a popular soundtrack theme (Gallipoli). Still, despite the occasional stylistic misstep, the producers have put together a decent introductory package that will help beginners break into this beloved music and lead them to great recordings by the label's many distinguished artists.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099969542923
catalogNumber:
95429

Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah
  2. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 1. Allegro giusto
  3. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter singen
  4. Sonata for keyboard in B flat major, K. 202 (L. 498)
  5. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 7. Badinerie
  6. Les Fêtes d'Hébé ou Les Talents lyriques, ballet héroïque: Musette et tambourin en rondeau
  7. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: 1. Allegro
  8. Mandolin Concerto, for mandolin, strings & continuo in C major, RV 425: 3. Allegro
  9. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude
  10. Overture, suite for recorder (or flute), strings & continuo in A minor, TWV 55:a2: Réjouissance
  11. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo
  12. Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860: Thou knowest, Lord
  13. Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, march and canzona for orchestra, Z. 860: March
  14. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: 3. Allegro assai
  15. Vespro della beata vergine, for chorus & instruments, SV 206: Laudate pueri
  16. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo
  17. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo
  18. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1. Prelude
  19. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major
  20. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2. Largo
  21. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze
  22. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: Prelude (Excerpt)
  23. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258
  24. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: When I am laid in earth
  25. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria
  26. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Pastorale (Largo)
  27. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2. Adagio
  28. Flute Concerto, for flute, strings & continuo in D major ("Il gardellino"), Op. 10/3, RV 428: 1. Allegro
  29. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: La Réjouissance
  30. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: 2. Air on the G string
  31. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Rondeau
  32. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  33. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  34. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus: Excerpt
  35. Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Gloria in excelsis Deo
  36. Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe
  37. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata
  38. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Excerpt
  39. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  40. Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement
  41. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: 1. Allegro

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