Various Artists: Essential Baroque / Various

Various Artists SKU: 14891625
Various Artists: Essential Baroque / Various

Various Artists: Essential Baroque / Various

Various Artists SKU: 14891625

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Artist: Various Artists
Title: Essential Baroque / Various
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS

Essential Baroque / Various Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel, George Frideric Handel, Tomaso Albinoni, Performer: Yehudi Menuhin, Gerald Finley, William Bennett, George Malcolm, Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Stephen Cleobury, Yehudi Menuhin, Orchestra/Ensemble: Camerata Lysy, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Early Music Consort of London, 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.

Tracks:
1.1 Messiah, Oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah - George Frideric Handel - Ambrosian Singers - English Chamber Orchestra - Charles MacKerras
1.2 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for Lute (Or Guitar), 2 Violins ; Continuo in D Major, RV 93: 1. Allegro Giusto - Antonio Vivaldi - Anthony Bailes
1.3 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion HÖRT Die Wächter Singen - Johann Sebastian Bach - Consortium Musicum - Wolfgang Gonnenwein - South German Madrigal Choir
1.4 Sonata for Keyboard in B Flat Major, K. 202 (L. 498) - Domenico Scarlatti - Bob Van Asperen
1.5 Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 7. Badinerie - Johann Sebastian Bach - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields - William Bennett
1.6 Les Fêtes D'HÉBÉ Ou Les Talents Lyriques, Ballet Héroïque: Musette Et Tambourin en Rondeau - Jean-Philippe Rameau - English Chamber Orchestra - Raymond Leppard
1.7 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: 1. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach - Hans-Martin Linde - Linde Consort
1.8 Mandolin Concerto, for Mandolin, Strings ; Continuo in C Major, RV 425: 3. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields - Iona Brown - Christopher Parkening
1.9 Prelude and Fugue, for Keyboard No. 1 in C Major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach - Bob Van Asperen
1.10 Overture, Suite for Recorder (Or Flute), Strings ; Continuo in a Minor, TWV 55:A2: Réjouissance - Georg Philipp Telemann - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields - Christopher Hogwood - David Munrow
1.11 Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings ; Continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach - George Malcolm - Menuhin Festival Orchestra - Yehudi Menuhin
1.12 Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, March and Canzona for Orchestra, Z. 860: Thou Knowest, Lord - Henry Purcell - Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Philip Ledger - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
1.13 Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, March and Canzona for Orchestra, Z. 860: March - Henry Purcell - Philip Ledger - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
1.14 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: 3. Allegro Assai - Johann Sebastian Bach - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields - Mark Bennett - Celia Nicklin - Philip Pickett - Kenneth Sillito
1.15 Vespro Della Beata Vergine, for Chorus ; Instruments, SV 206: Laudate Pueri - Claudio Monteverdi - Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Early Music Consort of London - Philip Ledger
1.16 Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings ; Continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach - Bath Festival Orchestra - Christian Ferras - Yehudi Menuhin - Yehudi Menuhin
1.17 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for Lute (Or Guitar), 2 Violins ; Continuo in D Major, RV 93: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields - Iona Brown
1.18 Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: 1. Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach - Josef Suk
1.19 The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for Brass, Winds ; Percussion (Or Keyboard or Trumpet ; Organ) in D Major - Jeremiah Clarke - Jean-Michel Defaye - Maurice André - Jane Parker-Smith
1.20 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 - Antonio Vivaldi - Camerata Lysy Gstaad - Yehudi Menuhin
1.21 Cantata No. 208, "Was Mir Behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep May Safely Graze - Johann Sebastian Bach - Neville Marriner - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
1.22 Te Deum, Motet for 8 Voices, Chorus ; Orchestra, H. 146: Prelude (Excerpt) - Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields - Philip Ledger
1.23 Zadok the Priest, Coronation Anthem No. 1 for Chorus ; Orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel - Ambrosian Singers - Menuhin Festival Orchestra - Yehudi Menuhin
1.24 Dido and Aeneas, Opera, Z. 626: When I Am Laid in Earth - Henry Purcell - John Barbirolli - English Chamber Orchestra - Victoria de Los Angeles
1.25 Goldberg Variations, for Keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach - Alan Curtis
1.26 Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Pastorale (Largo) - Arcangelo Corelli - Georges Armand - Georges Armand - Jean-Patrice Brosse - Toulouse National Chamber Orchestra
1.27 Sonata for Viola Da Gamba ; Keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2. Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach - Ton Koopman - Jordi Savall
1.28 Flute Concerto, for Flute, Strings ; Continuo in D Major ("Il Gardellino"), Op. 10/3, RV 428: 1. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi - William Bennett - English Chamber Orchestra - George Malcolm - George Malcolm
1.29 Music for the Royal Fireworks, for Orchestra, HWV 351: La Réjouissance - George Frideric Handel - Menuhin Festival Orchestra - Yehudi Menuhin
1.30 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: 2. Air on the G String - Johann Sebastian Bach - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
1.31 Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, Incidental Music, Z. 570: Rondeau - Henry Purcell - Bath Festival Orchestra - Yehudi Menuhin
1.32 Cantata No. 147, "Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach - David Willcocks - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields - Choir of King's College, Cambridge
1.33 Orfeo Ed Euridice (Italian Version), Opera in 3 Acts, WQ. 30: Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Christoph Willibald Gluck - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
1.34 Miserere Mei Deus (Psalm 51), Motet for Chorus: Excerpt - Gregorio Allegri - Timothy Beasley-Murray - Choir of King's College, Cambridge - Stephen Cleobury - Gerald Finley
1.35 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 - Antonio Vivaldi - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields - Academy Chorus
1.36 Water Music Suite No.2 for Orchestra in D Major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe - George Frideric Handel - Charles MacKerras - Prague Chamber Orchestra
1.37 Toccata and Fugue, for Organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata - Johann Sebastian Bach - Wayne Marshall
1.38 Adagio, for Violin, Strings ; Organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (Composed By Remo Giazotto; Not By Albinoni): Excerpt - Tomaso Albinoni - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
1.39 Solomon, Oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - George Frideric Handel - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
1.40 Canon in D Major, Instrumental Arrangement - Johann Pachelbel - Neville Marriner - Academy of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
1.41 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 - Antonio Vivaldi - Camerata Lysy Gstaad - Yehudi Menuhin
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