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Playlist 2017-12-10

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This Week’s Links

Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift List

First Hour

Sebastian Duron (1660-1716), A batallar estrellas (battle stars), Al Ayre Español, Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Harmonia Mundi HMI987053, AL AYRE ESPANOL A BATALLAR ESTRELLAS (TO BATTLE STARS)

Georg Muffat (1653-1704), Lucky Stars-Ciacona Propitia Sydera, Armonico Tributo Austria, Lorenz Duftschmid, cpo 999635, GEORG MUFFAT NOBILIS JUVENTUS SUITES & CONCERTOS

Luis Venegas de Henestrosa (trans), Ave Maris Stella, The Harp Consort, Andrew Lawrence King, Harmonia Mundi 907316, EL ARTE DE FANTASIA - EL

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cantata BWV1: HOW BRIGHTLY SHINES.., Montreal Baroque, Eric Milnes, Monika Mauch – soprano, Charles Daniels – tenor, Stephan Macleod – bass, ATMA 2402, BACH CANTATES 147, 82, 1

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi (c.1630-c.1669), La Stella op.3 #1, Music of the Spheres, Jeanne Johnson – baroque violin, Joanna Blendulf – baroque cello, Yuko Tanaka – harpsichord, MOTS 2004, THE FANTASTICS

Christoph Graupner (1683-1760), Overture in F for Recorder & Strings, Les Idees Heureuses (Happy Ideas), Genevieve Soly, Natalie Michaud – recorder, Analekta AN2 9115, CHRISTMAS IN DARMSTADT INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL MUSIC, VOL.3

Second Hour

Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Ouverture
Matthew Locke (1621/2-1677), Canon a 4 in 2, Le Caravanserail, Bertrand Cuiller – harpsichord, Harmonia Mundi HMM902296, A FANCY - FANTASY ON ENGLISH AIRS & TUNES

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Concerto in D for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, strings and b.c. TWV 54:D3, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin, Harmonia Mundi HMM902261, TELEMANN: CONCERTI PER MOLTI STROMENTI

Johann Melchior Molter (1695-1765), Concerto Pastorale: aria II, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Daniel Hope – violin, Deutsche Grammophon 4796922, DANIEL HOPE FOR SEASONS

Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768), Sonata in g op.2 #5 for violin and continuo, Brecon Baroque, Rachel Podger – violin, Rachel Podger – violin, Channel Classics CCS SA 39217, GRANDISSIMA GRAVITA

Josef Antonin Guretzky (1709-1769), Cello Concerto in F (1735), The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, Chaconne CHAN 0816, CONCERTOS OF JOSEF GURETZKY

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Sonata in A K.24, & Sonata in A K.428, Angela Hewitt – piano, Hyperion CDA68184, DOMENICO SCARLATTI

Third Hour

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV62, Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Deutsche Grammophon 4775762, THE BAROQUE CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Violin Concerto in a op. 9 #5 RV358, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Christian Curnyn, Nicola Benedetti – violin, Decca B0016412-02, ITALIA

Cristobal de Morales (c.1500-1553), Missa L’homme arme: introit, Chapelle du Roi (King’s Chapel), Alistair Dixon, Signum SIGCD019, MUSIC FOR CHARLES V, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Paris Quartet in e Op.6, Ensemble Florilegium, Channel Classics 5093, Telemann - Concerti da Camera

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Musical Offering: selections, Music from Aston Magna, Daniel Stepner – violin & artistic director, Laura Jeppesen – bass viola da gamba, Centaur 2295, A MUSICAL OFFERING

Fourth Hour

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Fanfarinette & Musette en Rondeau, Trevor Pinnock – harpsichord, AVIE 2056, LES CYCLOPES

Johann Friedrich Agricola (1720-1774), Sonata in A for flute & b.c., Emmanuel Pahud – flute, Jonathan Manson – cello, Trevor Pinnock – harpsichord, EMI Classics 84220, THE FLUTE KING

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), Noels sur les instruments, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Deutsche Grammophon 4775762, THE BAROQUE CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G BWV1048, European Brandenburg Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock, AVIE 2119, BACH SIX CONCERTOS FOR THE MARGRAVE OF BRANDENBURG

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), The Faithful Shepherd: Overture (1712), English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, David Reichenberg – oboe, Alastair Mitchell – bassoon, Amanda McNamara – double bass; Nigel North – theorbo, Deutsche Grammophon 419219, HANDEL OVERTURES

 

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Playlist 2017-12-03

Thomas Augustine Arne

This Week’s Links

Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift List

First Hour

Francesco Durante (1684-1755), Magnificat: Magnificat anima mea & Deposuit potentes, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Balthasar-Neumann Chorus, Thomas Hengelbrock, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77369, ASTORGA * STABAT MATER PERGOLESI * CONFITEBOR

Pierre Prowo (1697-1757) formerly attributed to Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Trio in d for recorder, violin and basso continuo (formerly attrib to Telemann), Ensemble Meridiana, Dominique Tinguely – recorder, Sarah Humphrys – baroque oboe, Sabine Stoffer – violin, Linn 368, TASTES OF EUROPE

Christoph Petzold (1677-1733) (attrib to JS Bach), Menuet in G/g from Anna Magdalena Notebook, Göran Söllscher – guitar, Deutsche Grammophon 3000-02, GORAN SOLLSCHER ELEVEN-STRING BAROQUE

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784) (attributed to JS Bach), Orchestral Suite in g BWV1070, Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel, Deutsche Grammophon 415671, J.S. BACH: SUITES FOR ORCHESTRA BWV1066-1070

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (1727-1756) (attrib to JS Bach), Sonata in C (aka Bach’s BWV1037): alla breve, Wilbert Hazelzet – flute, Jacques Ogg – harpsichord, Jaap ter Linden – cello, Glossa 2K0802, MUSIC BY BACHS STUDENTS: KIRNBERGER, ABEL, KREBS, MUTHEL

Alessandro Marcello (1669-1747), Concerto for Oboe in d, Il Giardino Armonico (Harmonic Garden), Giovanni Antonini, Paolo Grazzi – oboe, Teldec 8573-85557, MUSICA BAROCCA

Gaspar Cassado (1897 to 1966) (attrib to Giovanni Frescobaldi), Toccata, Camerata Salzburg, Jian Wang – cello, Deutsche Grammophon 99402, THE BAROQUE ALBUM

Second Hour

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Theodora: Overture & Venus laughing from the skies, Les Arts Florissants (Flourishing Arts), William Christie, Erato 43181, HANDEL THEODORA

John Blow (1649-1708), Venus & Adonis, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rene Jacobs, Harmonia Mundi 901684, VENUS & ADONIS

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Les Paladins (the Knights): Suite, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gustav Leonhardt, Philips 432968, SUITE <<LES PALADINS>>

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), DEIDAMIA: suite, Il Complesso Barocco & Coro del Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, Simone Kermes – soprano (Deidamia), Anna Bonitatibus – mezzo soprano (Ulisse), Virgin Veritas 545669, DEIDAMIA

Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778), Suite from THE GUARDIAN OUTWITTED, Capella Savaria Baroque Orchestra, Mary Terey-Smith, Dorian 93251, SYRENS, ENCHANTERS AND FAIRIES * CAPELLA SAVARIA/M. TEREY-SMITH

Third Hour

Sebastian de Vivanco (c.1551-1622), Veni, dilecte mi, Stile Antico, Harmonia Mundi 807489, SONG OF SONGS

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Suite #7 HWV432: Allegro & Sarabande, David Russell – guitar, Telarc TEL-33223-02, THE GRANDEUR OF THE BAROQUE

Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), Aristeo: sinfonia & chorus DEL FIGLIO D’APOLLO (Son of Apollo), Les Talens Lyriques (Lyrical Gifts), Christophe Rousset, Spedidam AMB9995, PHILEMON & BAUCIS

Giovanni Battista Sammartini (1700/01-1775), Flute Concerto in G, I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone, Jean Pierre Rampal – flute, Sony 47228, ITALIAN FLUTE CONCERTOS

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Brandenburg Concerto #1 in F BWV1046, Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland Baroque Orchestra), Jeannette Sorrell, AVIE 2207, BACH: BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS, HARPSICHORD & VIOLIN CONCERTOS

Fourth Hour

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite #6 in D BWV1012: gigue, Thomas Demenga – cello, ECM New Series 2530/31, J.S. BACH SUITEN FUR VIOLONCELLO

John Dowland (1563-1626), Captaine Digorie Piper his Galiard, M. George Whitehead his Almand, Lachrimae Coactae, M. John Langtons Pavan, M. Henry Noel his Galiard, Sir John Souch his Galiard, & Mistresse Nichols Almand, B-Five Recorder Consort, Coviello Classics COV91415, IN SEARCH OF DOWLAND

Georg Muffat (1653-1704), Sonata 5 in G ARMONICO TRIBUTO, Les Muffatti, Peter van Heyghen, Ramee 0502, GEORG MUFFAT ARMONICO TRIBUTO

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Concerto for 3 horns and violin in D, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin, Harmonia Mundi HMM902261, TELEMANN: CONCERTI PER MOLTI STROMENTI

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cantata BWV115: aria BETE ABE AUCH DABEI, Daniel Hope – violin, Anna Lucia Richter – soprano, Claudio Bohórquez – cello, Naoki Kitaya – organ, Deutsche Grammophon 4796922, DANIEL HOPE FOR SEASONS

 

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Playlist 2017-11-26

This Week’s Links

Thanksgiving History

Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift List

Daniel Hope FOR SEASONS

Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer BACH TRIOS

First Hour

Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Curtain Tune, Le Caravanserail, Bertrand Cuiller – harpsichord, Harmonia Mundi HMM902296, A FANCY - FANTASY ON ENGLISH AIRS & TUNES

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Brandenburg Concerto #2 in F BWV1047, Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Rees – violin, Graham Ashton – trumpet, Giles Lewin – recorder, Nicholas Daniel – oboe, Virgin 59688, THE BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Concerto in D for flute, strings and b.c. TWV51:D2, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Alexander Weimann – harpsichord, Claire Guimond – baroque flute, Early Music EMCCD7777, REBELLES BAROQUES

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Sonata in A op.2 #2 for violin and continuo, Brecon Baroque, Rachel Podger – violin, Rachel Podger – violin, Channel Classics CCS SA 39217, GRANDISSIMA GRAVITA

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Organ Concerto #4 in F op.4, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Rifkin, Peter Hurford – organ, London 414604, HANDEL ORGAN CONCERTOS OP.4

Second Hour

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), Te Deum: Prelude
Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707), Prince of Denmark’s March, English Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Newman, Wynton Marsalis – trumpet, Sony 66244, WYNTON MARSALIS - IN GABRIELS GARDEN

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), Violin Sonata #12 in d FOLLIA op.5, Andrew Manze – violin, Richard Egarr – harpsichord, Harmonia Mundi 907298.99, ARCANGELO CORELLI VIOLIN SONATAS OP.5 COMPLETE

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Concerto in E “SPRING” op. 8 no. 1 RV 269, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Daniel Hope – violin, Deutsche Grammophon 4796922, DANIEL HOPE FOR SEASONS

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV645, Yo-Yo Ma – cello, Chris Thile – mandolin, Edgar Meyer – bass, Nonesuch 558933, BACH TRIOS

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Triple Concerto for flute, violin and keyboard in a BWV1044, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Murray Perahia – piano, Jaime Martin – flute, Kenneth Sillito – violin, Sony Classical 82429, MURRAY PERAHIA PLAYS BACH CONCERTOS

Third Hour

Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672), Danket dem herren SWV430 (O Give Thanks …), Dresdner Kammerchor (Dresden Chamber Choir), Hans-Christoph Rademann, Irene Klein – viola da gamba, Sebastian Knebel – organ, Carus 83.239, ZWOLF GEISTLICHE GESANGE COMPLETE RECORDING VOL.4

James Oswald (1711-1769), Oriental Mallow (Autumn), Broadside Band, Jeremy Barlow, Dorian 80164, AIRS FOR THE SEASONS

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Sonata in F K.82 & Sonata in C K.513, Angela Hewitt – piano, Hyperion CDA68184, DOMENICO SCARLATTI

Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), Nun danket alle Gott, SSWV i 7, La Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata, Roland Wilson, cpo 777145, THE GREAT SACRED CONCERTOS,

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Violin Concerto #10, Bb, Op.8 HUNT, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Ronald Thomas, Ronald Thomas – violin, Chandos 6578, VIVALDI SIX CONCERTOS OP.8 NOS.7-12

Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Anthem: I will give thanks unto Thee, o Lord, Les Voix Baroques (Baroque Voices), ATMA Classique ACD2 2630, O POORE DISTRACTED WORLD!

Georg Muffat (1653-1704), Gratitude–Suite in d minor, Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd, Chandos 1007, MUSIC FROM THE COURT OF SALZBURG

Fourth Hour

Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630), Suite #1 Banchetto Musicale, Sex Chordae (6 Strings) Consort of Viols, Centaur 2357,BANCHETTO MUSICALE

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Solo in A: Tafelmusik Production 2, Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel, Deutsche Grammophon 429774, BANQUET MUSIC (TAFELMUSIK)

Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585), O Sacrum Convivium (O Sacred Feast), Voices of Ascension, Dennis Keene, Delos 3165,BEYOND CHANT: MYSTERIES OF THE RENAISSANCE

Michel Richard Delalande (1657-1726), Suite #10 for the King’s Suppers, La Simphonie du Marais, Hugo Reyne, Harmonia Mundi 901337, DELALANDE SYMPHONIES FOR THE KINGS SUPPER

Heinrich Franz Ignaz von Biber (1644-1704), Pars 2 in F, Baroque Band, Garry Clarke, Cedille 9000 116, BIBER MENSA SONORA

Johann Christoph Pez (1664-1716), Ouverture/Musique de Table in d R24, Les Muffatti, Peter van Heyghen, Ramee 0705, JOHANN CHRISTOPH PEZ OUVERTURES – CONCERTI

 

 

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Playlist 2017-11-19

Bach Trios

This Week’s Playlist

Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift List

The Story Behind Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer’s BACH TRIOS

Angela Hewitt – Scarlatti sonatas Vol.2

Telemann Concerti per molti stromenti

First Hour

Johan Joachim Agrell (1701-1765), Sinfonia in D op.1/1, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Aapo Hakkinen, Aeolus 10047, JOHAN JOACHIM AGRELL: ORCHESTRAL WORKS

Signor (Luis) Detri (18th c.), Sonata for recorder & continuo in c, Ensemble Caprice, Matthias Maute, ATMA ACD2 2344, LES SEPT SAUTS (translation: The Seven Jumps): BAROQUE CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE STUTTGART COURT

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728), Stabat Mater Dolorosa – 2. Cuius animam gementem, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, CORO 16076, Handel, Dixit Dominus HWV232 – Steffani, Stabat Mater

Count Ludovico Roncalli (1654-1713), Sonata #5 in a, Richard Savino – baroque guitar, Dorian Sono Luminus 90804, SONATAS FOR BAROQUE GUITAR

Francois Chauvon (fl.1710-1740), Suite #1, Alison Melville – recorder, Washington McClain – baroque oboe, Michael McCraw – baroque bassoon, Julia Wedman – baroque violin, Charlotte Nediger – harpsichord, Early Music EMCCD-7773, CHAUVON LES NOUVEAUX BIJOUX

Felice Giardini (1716-1796), Quartet in Bb op.21 #2, L’Astree, Opus 111 30163, FIVE QUARTETS DEDICATED TO THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE

 

Second Hour

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Contrapunctus XIII rectus & inversus, Yo-Yo Ma – cello, Chris Thile – mandolin, Edgar Meyer – bass, Nonesuch 558933, BACH TRIOS

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Sonata in Eb K.474, Sonata in c K.58, & Sonata in G “Capriccio” K.63, Angela Hewitt – piano, Hyperion CDA68184, DOMENICO SCARLATTI

John Blow (1649-1708), Begin The Song! – 1. Overture, 2. Begin The Song! & 3. Bring Gentlest Thoughts, 4. Hark How The Waken’d Strings, & 9. Come Then, With Tuneful Breath, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen, Hyperion, CDA68149, JOHN BLOW: AN ODE ON THE DEATH OF MR. HENRY PURCELL

Giaches de Wert (1535-1596), Peccavi super numerum a 6, Stile Antico, Harmonia Mundi HMM 807620, DIVINE THEATRE

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Concerto for Mandolin, Hammered Dulcimer, Harp and Continuo in F TWV53;F1, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin, Harmonia Mundi HMM902261, TELEMANN: CONCERTI PER MOLTI STROMENTI

 

Third Hour

John Christopher Smith (1712-1795), Suite from THE FAIRIES: Overture & March, Capella Savaria Baroque Orchestra, Mary Terey-Smith, Dorian 93251, SYRENS, ENCHANTERS AND FAIRIES * CAPELLA SAVARIA/M. TEREY-SMITH

Charles Avison (1709-1770), Concerto Grosso #9 in C, English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Deutsche Grammophon 415518, PACHELBEL*CANON&GIGUE HANDEL*THE ARRIVAL OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Alexander’s Feast: Overture, Die krieger sie jauchzen voll trunk’ner Wut, & Von Himmel kam, Handel & Haydn Society Chorus & Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood, Arabesque 6762, HANDEL ARRANGED BY MOZART

Willem de Fesch (1687-1760), Concerto #2 in Bb for 2 violins, Musica Ad Rhenum (Music on the Rhine), NM Classics 92037, BAROQUE CONCERTI FROM THE NETHERLANDS

Nicola Sabatino (c 1705-1796), Cello Concerto in G, L’Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini, Gaetano Nasillo – cello, Zig Zag 50302, CONCERTI NAPOLETANI PER VIOLONCELLO

 

Fourth Hour

Francois Couperin, but attrib. to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Rondeau in Bb (Francois Couperin) BWV Anh.183, Nicholas McGegan – harpsichord, Harmonia Mundi 907042, J.S. BACH. ANNA MAGDALENA NOTEBOOK

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Concerto after Alessandro Marcello BWV974, Alison Balsom – trumpet(s), Colm Carey – organ, EMI 58047, JS BACH WORKS FOR TRUMPET

Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710), Marizapolos, Waverly Consort, Michael Jaffee, WAV 14002, IBERIA! SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE MUSIC OF THE GOLDEN AGE

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Concerto for violin in Eb RV254, La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler – violin & director, Adrian Chandler – violin, AVIE 2128, ANTONIO VIVALDI VIRTUOSO IMPRESARIO

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D BWV1050, European Brandenburg Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock, AVIE 2119, BACH SIX CONCERTOS FOR THE MARGRAVE OF BRANDENBURG

2017 Holiday Gift List

Sunday Baroque gift list

 

Every year at this time, I create a list of suggestions for holiday gift giving. Starting November 19th and continuing through December, you can audition some of my recommendations from the annual Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift List.  All of us at Sunday Baroque wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season filled with laughter, peace and an abundance of good music!

 


 

A FANCY: FANTASY ON ENGLISH AIRS & TUNES

Harmonia Mundi 902296

Le Caravanésrail, Rachel Redmond – soprano

Period instrument ensemble Le Caravansérail plays a lovely collection of English baroque music by composers including Matthew Locke, Christopher Gibbons, Louis Grabu, John Blow and Henry Purcell. It’s an appealing collection of charming instrumentals as well as sassy theatre songs, sung by soprano Rachel Redmond.

 

 

BACH TRIOS


Nonesuch 558933

Yo-Yo Ma – cello, Chris Thile – mandolin, Edgar Meyer – bass

Three extraordinary musicians join forces to play music by Johann Sebastian Bach in an unusual combination of instruments. Many (but not all) of the selections are familiar favorites, and the result is satisfying and beautiful. This is one of my personal favorite recordings of 2017!

 

 

BACH SUITES FOR CELLO

ECM New Series 2530/31

Thomas Demenga – cello

The renowned cellist tackles the “Holy Grail” of the cello repertory for the second time. This is a lovely recording by a skilled and thoughtful musician. You can even hear my recent conversation with Thomas Demenga about this recording of Bach’s Suites, the cello he used to play them, and his approach to music making in general. It’s archived at SundayBaroque.org in the “interviews” section.

 

 

CONCERTOS OF JOSEF GURETZKY

Chaconne CHAN 0816

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

The whimsical name of this ensemble alone should make you want to buy this CD! But if that’s not enough, it’s well worth it for these joyful, expert performances of appealing music by a not-very-well-known 18th century Czech composer. It’s a perfect CD for anyone looking to broaden their horizons!

 

 

DANIEL HOPE FOR SEASONS

Deutsche Grammophon 4796922

Daniel Hope – violin, Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concertos are the cornerstone of this fine recording, which also includes music Daniel Hope considers seasonal in its own ways. Other composers on this imaginative, thematic cd include Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Kurt Weill. The violinist’s signature is his polished artistry, imaginative programming and sophisticated collaborations with other top musicians.

 

 

GRANDISSIMA GRAVITA

Channel Classics CCSSA39217

Rachel Podger – violin, Brecon Baroque

Four world-class musicians collaborate on violin sonatas by Antonio Vivaldi, Francesco Maria Veracini, Giuseppe Tartini and Johann Georg Pisendel. Violinist Rachel Podger, cellist Alison McGillivray, theorbo player Daniele Caminiti, and harpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz give a joyful performance of some lovely chamber music.

 

 

REBELLES BAROQUES

Early Music EMCCD7777

Claire Guimond – flute, Alexa Raine-Wright – flute, Jean-Louis Blouin – viola, Arion Baroque Orchestra

The period instrument group Arion plays spirited music by two composers from the later years of the baroque era – Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Joaquim Quantz. Both men pursued music against their parents’ wishes for them, and both proved their families wrong by becoming accomplished musical innovators.

 

 

DOMENICO SCARLATTI

Hyperion CDA68184

Angela Hewitt – piano

This is the second of pianist Angela Hewitt’s two (so far) volumes of Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. I am impressed that she is not merely plowing through Scarlatti’s Sonatas in order, like some monumental task to be completed. Instead she chose Sonatas she personally loves – it is evident in her playing, and makes for a delightful listening experience.

 

 

TELEMANN: CONCERTI PER MOLTI STROMENTI

Harmonia Mundi HMM902261

Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin

One of the world’s top period instrument ensembles takes on Concertos for multiple instruments by one of the most prolific composers of all time, Georg Philipp Telemann. What makes this recording extra special is that some of the featured instruments are off the beaten path, such as calchedon (a type of lute), hammer dulcimer and mandolin, in addition to more familiar instruments including oboes, horns and violins.

 
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