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A Baroque Feast - Bach, Vivaldi, Et Al / Lamon, Tafelmusik


Release Date: 10/22/2002 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29811   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelHenry PurcellAntonio VivaldiJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Maxine EilanderAllen WhearChristina MahlerGenevive Gilardeau,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Even people who don't normally listen to classical music seem to love the singable melodies and effervescent rhythms that characterize much of the Baroque orchestral repertoire. Certain works have become favorites of television commercial and film producers, and chamber orchestras everywhere endlessly program selections from Handel's Water Music, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Albinoni's Adagio, and various works by Purcell, Locatelli, and Marcello--along with that dreadful and highly overrated "canon" by that guy whose name begins with "P". Most of these composers (thankfully not Pachelbel) are represented here, on this perfectly fine if just a little too-familiar program that features Handel's Read more Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Purcell's Suite from Abdelazar, and Vivaldi's A minor concerto for two violins Op. 3 No. 8. To the producers' credit, the disc also includes some less-commonly-heard selections such as Handel's lovely Concerto for harp in B-flat major and Marcello's Oboe concerto in D minor. We're also treated to the richly scored, melodically engaging Op. 1 No. 8 Concerto grosso in F minor by Locatelli and to a lovely Sinfonia by Bach (from his Cantata No. 42). Overall, the program has a musical coherence and a pleasing sonic quality that encourages easy and pleasant listening.


Of course, the Toronto-based Tafelmusik, one of North America's two or three top-rank period-style orchestras, delivers these Baroque staples with interpretive authority and impressive yet thankfully unadorned technique, giving careful attention to line in the slow movements and keeping rhythms and articulation crisp in the fast ones. The solo playing is first-rate (particularly the harp and oboe), and the sound gives desirable presence and clarity to the varied instrumental configurations. If you're looking for a very well-played, intelligently programmed recording of attractive Baroque orchestral music, look no further.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Maxine Eilander (Harp)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Abdelazer, Z 570 "Moor's Revenge": Suite by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Allen Whear (Cello), Christina Mahler (Cello)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto 
Length: 11 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV 522 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Genevive Gilardeau (Violin), Jeanne Lamon (Violin)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42: no 1, Sinfonia in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 1: no 8 in F minor "Christmas Concerto" by Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1721/1729; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto 
Length: 16 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  John Abberger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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