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History of Baroque Music: Instrumental [Import]

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000028TYP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Anchor che col partire, madrigal
2. Lachrimae, for lute, P 15
3. Go from my window, song arranged for lute, P 64
4. Questa dolce sirena for solo recorder after Gastoldi
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Conzonanze Stravaganti, for keyboard or ensemble
2. Aria 'L'Emenfrodito', Op. 4/9
3. Sinfonia Sesto Tuono, for chamber instruments & continuo, Op. 22
4. Sonata Terza, Variata for violin solo Op 8
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Vespro (6) della Beata Vergine, for 8 voices & continuo: Musiche sacre, Sonata a 12
2. La Calisto, opera: Chiacona
3. Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495: Overture
4. Le Malade imaginaire, incidental music for soloists, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 495: Airs des tapissiers
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Concerto Grosso in G minor ('Christmas Concerto'), Op. 6/8
2. Concerto Grosso in G minor ('Christmas Concerto'), Op. 6/8
3. Concerto Grosso in G minor ('Christmas Concerto'), Op. 6/8
4. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 6/11: Movement 1
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Passacaglia (Mystery Sonata), for violin solo in G minor, C. 105
2. Engelse fortuin, variations for keyboard ('Von der Fortuna werd ich getrieben')
3. Variations sur la chanson 'Von der Fortuna'
4. Praeludium for organ in G minor, BuxWV 149
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Editorial Reviews

For anyone with more than a casual interest in music, any music, A History of Baroque Music: Instrumental Music and its companion volume devoted to secular music will prove invaluable. Here, thoughtfully arranged as five thematic programmes, is an anthology that delivers exactly what the title promises, and in doing so lays out the foundations of Western music; not just classical music, but the folk tradition and most everything else that has developed since. Despite the budget price, the collection is attractively packaged like a miniature LP box set, each disc presented in its own tastefully designed card sleeve. There is an astonishing six and a half hours of music, from the emergence of instrumental forms in the early 16th century to the development of the baroque orchestra and the concerto, with the final disc being devoted to an exploration of the specifically German Lutheran and polyphonic tradition. The accompanying booklet sets the context with 25 pages of, clear, accessible English-language notes, making the collection appropriate for educational use as well as providing undiluted pleasure through the music of Bach, Corelli, Dowland, Handel, Monteverdi, Purcell, Telemann, Vivaldi, and many lesser-known composers. The recordings, taken from Harmonia Mundi's extensive back catalog, come from many of the top names in early music performance, including the Academy of Ancient Music, William Christie, Ensemble 415, René Jacobs, London Baroque, and Ton Koopman and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In other words, this is an anthology of the very highest quality, a rich banquet of absolutely wonderful music. --Gary S. Dalkin

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound, incredible performances December 3, 2002
This 5-CD set, one of three parts of an anthology of baroque music originally called "Pathways of Baroque Music," is undoubtedly the best introduction to Baroque music that has been issued, and it should be in the collection of every lover of Baroque or classical music. Unlike most anthologies or single-disk samplings of baroque music, the works are arranged according to genre and in historical order. Thus the set is extremely useful for increasing our understanding of Baroque instrumental music and its development, while giving us a taste of many composers and works that even hardened Baroque music lovers like myself may never have heard of.
What is more, the quality of the recordings and of the disks is unmatched -- I have never heard better sound out of my stereo equipment than I have with these disks, except perhaps when playing DVDs with 5-track surround sound and DTS. While these are only "conventional" CDs, I think they even sound better than the small number of SACDs that I have purchased. I wish harmonia mundi would re-release the whole 15-CD collection in large quantity so that we can purchase them new instead of used!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This review is based on the French edition. The textual portion of the booklet is trilingual (French, English, German). The playlist is partly bilingual. The music is grouped and subgrouped by genre.
The Emergence of Instrumental Music-transition from the earlier Renaissance: Improvisation, toccata, dance,etc.
Chamber Music
The Baroque Orchestra
The Specifically German
All of the last four are similarly subgrouped.
The text is very informative about genres and specific compositions. This recording is refreshing in that it presents some lovely but lesser known music of the Baroque era.
Above all, Baroque music is a wonderful stress-buster. It is a shame this lovely collection has been so hard to get.
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