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Baroque Adagios

Album Summary

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
>Marcello, Alessandro : Concerto for Oboe in D minor
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for oboe, violin, strings & continuo in F major (reconstruction), BWV 1053R
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6/1
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, BWV 1054
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo no 2 in D minor, Op. 9/2, (T. 9/2)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Autumn (The Four Seasons)
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, TWV 51
>Avison, Charles : Concerto grosso no 6 in D major (after Scarlatti)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356
>Croft, William : Ground for harpsichord in C Minor, D 221
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Over 2-and-a-half hours of the most peaceful & relaxing pieces of baroque music including Pachelbel's Canon, Vivaldi's Four Seasons (excerpts), Albinoni's Adagio, Handel's Largo, Bach's Air on a G String and many more beautiful tracks to soothe & calm.

Notes & Reviews:

The 17th-century musician and writer Thomas Mace described in 1676 how listeners were "drawn into raptures and contemplations by...musick's divine language, to quietness, joy, and peace; absolute tranquility." This double-disc set offers over 2 1/2 hours of Baroque era music that validates Mace's assertion by focusing on slow tempo excerpts culled from the masterworks of the period's preeminent composers. The resultant overall tone of meditative calm and serenity is established right from the start with the familiar strains of Pachelbel's Canon and is sustained throughout by the variety of examples of the forms, styles, and innovations developed by the likes of J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Albinoni. Even taken out of context, selections such as Gluck's "Dance of the blessed spirits," Purcell's "Dido's Lament," and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater are powerful representations of what came to be known as Baroque. The collected recordings are all first rate and feature outstanding performances by distinguished artists such as Janet Baker, András Schiff, Andreas Scholl, Heinz Holliger, and Neville Marinner.



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Works Details

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major :: Canon
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Karl Münchinger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
  • Performer: Felix Ayo (Violin)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
  • Performer: Maria Garatti (Organ)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: De Reede
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 :: Largo
  • Performer: Eduardo Fernández (Guitar)
  • Conductor: George Malcolm
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Malipiero
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 :: Largo ma non tanto
  • Performers: Maurice Hasson (Violin); Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Marcello, Alessandro : Concerto for Oboe in D minor :: Adagio
  • Performer: Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608 :: Cum deder
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Paul Dyer
  • Ensemble: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6 :: Larghetto affettuoso
  • Performers: Trevor Connah (Violin); Sir Marriner (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295 :: Larghetto
  • Performer: Martin Haselböck (Organ)
  • Conductor: Karl Munchinger
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for oboe, violin, strings & continuo in F major (reconstruction), BWV 1053R :: Siciliano
  • Performer: Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Iona Brown
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1955
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill" :: Largheto affettuoso
  • Performers: Riccardo Castagnone (Piano); Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1740
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166) :: excerpt
  • Conductor: Raymond Agoult
  • Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Notes: Orchestrated: Bantock
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 11/25/1731
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535 :: Largo
  • Performers: Celia Nicklin (Oboe); Neil Black (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6/1 :: Largo
  • Performers: Carmel Kaine (Violin); Alan Loveday (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055 :: Larghetto
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andras Schiff
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9) :: Aria
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Ombra mai fu, largo
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630 :: excerpt
  • Performer: Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: This selection is presented here in excerpted form.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 :: Air on a "G" string
  • Performer: Thurston Dart (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lassia ch'io pianga
  • Performer: Bernadette Greevy (Voice)
  • Conductor: Raymond Leppard
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performer: Felix Ayo (Violin)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, BWV 1054 :: Adagio e piano sempre
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo no 2 in D minor, Op. 9/2, (T. 9/2)
  • Performers: Maria Garatti (Harpsichord); Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029 :: Adagio (excerpt)
  • Performers: György Sebök (Piano); János Starker (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294 :: Larghetto
  • Performers: Ursula Holliger (Harp); Andre Pepin (Flute); Jean-Claude Hermanjat (Flute)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Notes: Composition written: 1736.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1736

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052 :: Andante
  • Performer: Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 :: Affettuoso
  • Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute); George Malcolm (Harpsichord); Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Pergolesi, Giovanni : Stabat Mater :: Stabat Mater
  • Performers: Barbara Bonney; Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1736

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 :: Arioso
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 01/23/1729

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 :: Andante
  • Performers: Gino Vescovo (Mandolin); Tommaso Ruta (Mandolin)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 :: Adagio
  • Performers: Carmel Kaine (Violin); Tess Miller (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1921

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Autumn (The Four Seasons)
  • Performer: Felix Ayo (Violin)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, TWV 51 :: d1
  • Performer: Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Iona Brown
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1708-1713

>Avison, Charles : Concerto grosso no 6 in D major (after Scarlatti) :: Largo
  • Performers: Malcolm Latchem (Violin); Iona Brown (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356
  • Performer: Roberto Michelucci (Violin)
  • Ensemble: I Musici
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Croft, William : Ground for harpsichord in C Minor, D 221 :: Largo
  • Performer: Naoko Yoshino (Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 :: Dido's Lament
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Lewis
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689