Best of Baroque Music

The Best of Baroque Music

by Helmut Müller-Brühl
     
 
While the pieces on The Best of Baroque Music have been trotted out countless times before, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, led by Helmut Müller-Brühl, turns in refreshing performances that make this disc highly enjoyable. Its even tone and steady playing put this collection above

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While the pieces on The Best of Baroque Music have been trotted out countless times before, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, led by Helmut Müller-Brühl, turns in refreshing performances that make this disc highly enjoyable. Its even tone and steady playing put this collection above most of the various artists compilations of the major labels, which, in comparison, seem thrown together without much thought toward consistency. Notable, too, is the avoidance of cliché. Obligatory pieces, such as Pachelbel's "Canon" (regrettably, without the Gigue) and Handel's Largo from "Serse," are played fairly authentically and at a reasonable tempo, not like in the slushy romanticized arrangements that are better known. Similarly, the Air from Bach's "Orchestral Suite No. 3" is not sentimentalized beyond recognition. All the pieces benefit from the ensemble's lean sound, which allows counterpoint to be heard in detail. Generous servings of the orchestral music of Bach, Handel, and Telemann give a good idea of their extremely varied output, much better than one or two token samplings ever could. And even the morose "Adagio" by Remo Giazotto -- long passed off as a work by Albinoni -- gets revamped in fine Baroque style with a faster tempo and a staccato continuo that make it sound interesting, for once.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313212422
catalogNumber:
8557124
Rank:
114642

Tracks

  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  2. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  3. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie
  4. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto
  5. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Pastorale
  6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Allegro assai
  7. Largo in F major, instrumental arrangement ("Ombra mai fu" from the opera Serse)
  8. Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: Bourrée 1 & 2
  9. Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9/2, (T. 9/2): Adagio
  10. Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
  11. Piccolo (Flautino) Concerto, for piccolo (or recorder/flute), strings & continuo in C Major, RV 443: Largo
  12. Overture, suite for 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 violins, strings & continuo in D major ("Darmstadt Overture"), TWV 55:D4: Harlequinade
  13. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo
  14. Overture, suite for recorder (or flute), strings & continuo in A minor, TWV 55:a2: Réjouissance
  15. Overture, suite for recorder (or flute), strings & continuo in A minor, TWV 55:a2: Passepied 1 & 2
  16. Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, SF. 935: Adagio
  17. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: Allegro
  18. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)

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