Best of Baroque Music

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 aboveSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313212422
catalogNumber:
8557124
Rank:
285155

Tracks

  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba  - George Frideric Handel  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  2. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  3. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  4. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Christine Pichlmeir  - Stefano Maria Legnani  - Lisa Stewart
  5. Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Pastorale  - Arcangelo Corelli  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Allegro assai  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  7. Largo in F major, instrumental arrangement ("Ombra mai fu" from the opera Serse)  - George Frideric Handel  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  8. Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069: Bourrée 1 & 2  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  9. Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9/2, (T. 9/2): Adagio  - Tomaso Albinoni  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefan Schilli  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  10. Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337  - Johann Pachelbel  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  11. Piccolo (Flautino) Concerto, for piccolo (or recorder/flute), strings & continuo in C Major, RV 443: Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Daniel Rothert  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  12. Overture, suite for 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 violins, strings & continuo in D major ("Darmstadt Overture"), TWV 55:D4: Harlequinade  - Georg Philipp Telemann  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  13. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Harald Hoeren  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  14. Overture, suite for recorder (or flute), strings & continuo in A minor, TWV 55:a2: Réjouissance  - Georg Philipp Telemann  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Daniel Rothert  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  15. Overture, suite for recorder (or flute), strings & continuo in A minor, TWV 55:a2: Passepied 1 & 2  - Georg Philipp Telemann  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Daniel Rothert  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  16. Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, SF. 935: Adagio  - Alessandro Marcello  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefan Schilli  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  17. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: Allegro  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani
  18. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)  - Tomaso Albinoni  -  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  - Helmut Müller-Brühl  - Stefano Maria Legnani

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