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Baroque Adventure: The Quest For Arundo Donax
     

Baroque Adventure: The Quest For Arundo Donax

by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
 
In the tradition of classics-for-kids favorites Peter and the Wolf and Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Tafelmusik's Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax aims to draw children in to the world of Baroque music through an entertaining story with a musical hook. It's an imaginative project from Tafelmusik (Canada's foremost early-music

Overview

In the tradition of classics-for-kids favorites Peter and the Wolf and Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Tafelmusik's Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax aims to draw children in to the world of Baroque music through an entertaining story with a musical hook. It's an imaginative project from Tafelmusik (Canada's foremost early-music ensemble) and author Alison Mackay (also a Tafelmusik member) that succeeds in the double task of securing the attention of both kids and parents. The setting is England in 1704: Edward Purcell and his sister Frances, orphaned children of the composer Henry Purcell, have been sent on a mission by Queen Anne to find Arundo donax, a French plant essential for making oboe and bassoon reeds. England, at war with France, is fast running out of its supply, and the nation's orchestras will soon be silenced unless the two can manage to resolve the predicament. They endure a storm-tossed sea voyage; arrive in Venice and meet Vivaldi (but not before encountering a hooligan gondolier); pass over the Alps (while running into further perils); and travel to Versailles and the glittering court of Louis XIV. Along the way they sample the varied musical styles of the era, a kind of grand tour of the Baroque, with performances from Tafelmusik woven seamlessly into the plot. Part suspenseful yarn, part backdoor music lesson, the set comes in an elaborate fold-out package that includes a second disc with the story narrated in French and a third bonus CD called "Baroque Delights," filled with more performances from Tafelmusik. It is recommended as being suitable for children ages 6-12, although adult kids-at-heart will get caught up in this adventure, too.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Tafelmusik, Canada's leading Baroque orchestra, gets points for sheer ambition with this unusual children's release: it attempts to do nothing less than give the field of classical children's music a Baroque-era entry to match such favorites as "A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" and "Peter and the Wolf." The album contains a spoken story, with musical interjections performed by Tafelmusik illustrating references to music that occur in the tale. The story is called "The Quest for Arundo Donax," Arundo Donax being a bamboo-like material crucial for the manufacture of oboe and bassoon reeds. In 1704, when this story takes place, it is in short supply in England due to a military conflict with France (over the lands that were to become the nation of Canada). Two musically talented youngsters, Frances and Edward, are sent to infiltrate the musical world of the French court and obtain some of the Arundo Donax. Their travels take them from England through Venice, and finally to the court at Versailles for a suspense-filled denouement. Baroque Adventure: The Quest of Arundo Donax was conceived and written by Alison Mackay, a Tafelmusik violinist and bassist who has worked on the group's educational programs. Although it will take a musically precocious child to pick up on what will be an unfamiliar world for most youngsters, the album does fulfill a prime requirement for a children's release: it is reasonably entertaining for parents as well. Quite a variety of music, from Purcell to Vivaldi to Hotteterre, is woven into the story, which takes shape as an interesting musical twist on young-adult novels that unfold in actual historical settings. Everything is packaged in a big box with three CDs (one in English, one in French, and one containing "Baroque delights" for those whose interest has presumably been awakened by the tale), handsome old maps, and notes explaining the historical bases for this remarkable project.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Analekta
UPC:
0774204983222
catalogNumber:
298323
Rank:
295286

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Quest for Arundo Donax (La quête de l'arundo donax)

    1. Henry Purcell: Overture to King Arthur (slow)  (00:45)
    2. Henry Purcell: Ouverture du Roi Arthur (Lent)  (00:45)
    3. Open up...  (00:57)
    4. Au nom de la reine, ouvrez!  (01:22)
    5. H. Purcell: Overture to King Arthur (fast)  (00:57)
    6. H. Purcell: Ouverture du Roi Arthur (rapide)  (00:57)
    7. Frances, Edward, Thank Goodness...  (00:24)
    8. Frances, Edward, Dieu merci...  (00:38)
    9. H. Purcell: Trumpet tune from King Arthur  (00:45)
    10. H. Purcell: Air de trompette extrait de King Arthur  (00:44)
    11. Queen Anne swept...  (02:43)
    12. Majestueuse dans sa robe...  (04:18)
    13. H. Purcell: "Let the Soldiers rejoice" from Dioclesian  (01:41)
    14. H. Purcell: "Let the Soldiers rejoice", from Dioclesian  (01:54)
    15. Cello Secret Tune  (00:08)
    16. Mélodie secrete Jouée au violoncelle  (00:11)
    17. Violin Secret Tune  (01:06)
    18. Mélodie secrète jouée au violon  (01:15)
    19. H. Purcell: "Triumphing dance" from Dido and Aeneas  (01:05)
    20. H. Purcell: Danse triomphante, extrait de Dido and Aeneas  (01:06)
    21. Edward, where are you?...  (00:37)
    22. Edward, où es-tu?...  (00:53)
    23. Marin Marais: "Tempeste" from Alcione  (01:21)
    24. Marin Marais: "Tempête", extrait de Alcione  (01:24)
    25. Archangelo Corelli: "Largo" from Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 6  (01:44)
    26. Archangelo Corelli: "Largo", extrait du Concerto grosso en fa majeur, op. 6 no. 6  (01:44)
    27. A. Corelli: "Allegro" from Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 6  (00:39)
    28. A. Corelli: "Allegro", extrait du Concerto grosso en fa majeur, op. 6 no. 6  (00:39)
    29. Frances and Edward were surrounded...  (01:07)
    30. Frances et Edward se retrouvèrent...  (01:51)
    31. Finally - we've left  (01:09)
    32. Antonio Vivaldi: "Largo", extrait du Concerto pour deux violoncelles en sol mineur  (01:09)
    33. Antonio Vivaldi: "Allegro" from Concerto for 2 cellos in G Minor  (01:57)
    34. Enfin, nous l'avouns...  (02:30)
    35. He began the rehearsal...  (00:36)
    36. Le maître commença la répétition...  (00:48)
    37. A. Vivaldi: "Allegro" from Concerto for 2 violins in A Minor, Op. 3 No. 8  (00:38)
    38. A. Vivaldi: "Allegro", extrait du Concerto en la mineur pour deux violons, op. 3 no. 8  (00:37)
    39. A. Vivaldi: "Larghetto e spiritoso" from Concerto for 2 violins in A Minor, Op. 3 No. 8  (02:51)
    40. A. Vivaldi: "Larghetto e spiritoso", extrait du Concerto en la mineur pour deux violons, op. 3 no.  (02:51)
    41. A. Vivaldi: "Allegro" from Concerto for 2 violins in A Minor, Op. 3 No. 8  (00:19)
    42. A. Vivaldi: "Allegro" extrait du Concerto en la mineur pour deux violons, op. 4 no. 8  (00:18)
    43. Edward felt the air outside...  (02:08)
    44. On les hissa au sommet...  (02:22)
    45. Anonymous: Marlborough s'en va-t'en guerre  (01:30)
    46. Marlbough s'en va-t'en guerre  (01:52)
    47. M. Marais: Overture to Algione  (00:34)
    48. M. Marais: Ouverture d'Alcione  (00:32)
    49. When Frances arrived...  (03:04)
    50. Après avoir voyagé...  (03:30)
    51. Louis Couperin: Sarabande  (01:02)
    52. Louis Couperin: Sarabande  (01:04)
    53. André Philidor: Entrée: Royal March  (00:53)
    54. André Philidor: Entrée: Marche Royale  (00:52)
    55. The musicians filed into the room...  (00:26)
    56. Les musiciens défilèrent...  (00:29)
    57. M. Marais: Tambourins, from Alcione  (00:40)
    58. M. Marais: Tambourines, extrait d'Alcione  (00:40)
    59. M. Marais: Air from Alcione  (00:37)
    60. M. Marais: Air from Alcione  (00:38)
    61. M. Marias: Bourrée from Alcione  (00:57)
    62. M. Marais: Bourée from Alcione  (00:57)
    63. M. Marias: Loure from Alcione  (01:16)
    64. M. Marais: Loure from Alcione  (01:20)
    65. Jean-Joseph Mouret: "Entrée" from Première Suite d'orchestre  (01:06)
    66. Jean-Joseph Mouret: Entrée, extrait de la Première Suite d'orchestre  (01:05)
    67. Frances was signaling...  (04:04)
    68. De son archet...  (05:18)
    69. M. Marias: Gigue from Alcione  (00:42)
    70. M. Marais: Gigue d'Alcione  (00:41)
    71. The horses came...  (00:10)
    72. Les chevaux...  (00:07)
    73. Frances, where are you...  (02:11)
    74. Edward grut reconnaître...  (02:34)
    75. H. Purcell: Trumpet tune from King Arthur  (00:33)
    76. H. Purcell: Air de trompette extrait de King Arthur  (00:33)
    77. When they arrived in London...  (00:58)
    78. De retour au bercail...  (01:23)
    79. H. Purcell: "Let the Soldiers rejoice", from Dioclesian  (00:36)
    80. H. Purcell: "Let the Soldiers rejoice" extrait de Dioclesian  (00:36)

Disc 3

  1. Don Quichotte der Löwenritter, serenata (comic opera) in 3 acts, TWV 21:32: Son attaque des moulins à vent

    1. Son attaque des moulins à vent  (01:46)
  2. Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Aria "Tornami a vagheggiar" (Morgana)

    1. Aria "Tornami a vagheggiar" (Morgana)  (04:26)
  3. Agrippina, opera, HWV 6: Aria "Se giunge un dispetto" (Poppea)

    1. Aria "Se giunge un dispetto" (Poppea)  (03:24)
  4. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

    1. Air  (04:49)
    2. Gavotte 1 & 2  (03:28)
  5. Cantata No. 211, "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht," (Coffee Cantata), BWV 211 (BC G48): Aria "Heute noch" (Leschen)

    1. Aria "Heute noch" (Leschen)  (03:17)
  6. Cantata No. 211, "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht," (Coffee Cantata), BWV 211 (BC G48): Trio "Die Katze lässt das Mausennicht"

    1. Trio "Die Katze lässt das Mausennicht"  (06:37)
  7. Cantata No. 211, "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht," (Coffee Cantata), BWV 211 (BC G48): Aria "Hat man nicht mit seinen Kindern" (Schlendri

    1. Aria "Hat man nicht mit seinen Kindern" (Schlendrian)  (04:47)
  8. Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, SF. 935: Adagio

    1. Adagio  (03:43)
  9. Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, SF. 935: Presto

    1. Presto  (03:52)
  10. Overture: Alster Echo, for 4 horns, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, TWV 55:F11: Ouverture

    1. Ouverture  (05:29)
  11. Stabat Mater, hymn for voice, strings & continuo in F minor, RV 621: Quis est Homo (Largo)

    1. Quis est Homo (Largo)  (03:29)
  12. Salve Regina, motet for soprano, strings & continuo in A major: Salve Regina

    1. Salve Regina  (00:59)
  13. Salve Regina, motet for soprano, strings & continuo in A major: Amen

    1. Amen  (02:14)
  14. Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 8), Op. 3/8, RV 522: Allegro (Mouvement 1)

    1. Allegro (Mouvement 1)  (03:22)
  15. Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 8), Op. 3/8, RV 522: Allegro (Mouvement 3)

    1. Allegro (Mouvement 3)  (03:19)

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