Boston Baroque

Biography

Active: Boston, MA -
Founded by harpsichordist, conductor, and music scholar Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque was the U.S.'s first specialist Baroque orchestra.

Boston Baroque was founded under the name "Banchetto Musicale" and quickly entered the vanguard of the American period instrument movement. Since its founding, Boston Baroque has been recognized as one of the world's leading period choral/orchestral ensembles. It has many notable events in its history,
Read more including the North American premiere of Rameau's Zoroastre, the first American period-instrument performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute as well as performances of other Mozart operas, the first U.S. period instrument performances of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Violin Concerto, stage performances of works of Purcell, Gluck, and Monteverdi, and acclaimed annual Boston performances of Handel's Messiah.

Boston Baroque is a fully professional organization and plays an annual subscription series in the Boston area. In addition, it performs regularly in New York City (where it has taken its Messiah performance to further critical praise) and has toured in New England and the Midwestern U.S. states.

One of Pearlman's most striking discoveries was Der Stein des Weisen (The Philosopher's Stone). This 1790 singspiel had a libretto by Emmanuel Schikaneder, author of the book to Mozart's The Magic Flute. The music is by a group of composers, including Schikaneder and, it was recently discovered, Wolfgang Mozart himself. The story's similarity to that of The Magic Flute, the chance it gives to hear the charming (if less accomplished) music of several of Mozart's contemporaries, and Mozart's own contributions (including a solo for a woman who can only meow like a cat) made the opera a major find. Boston Baroque premiered the opera for the opening of its 25th anniversary season.

Boston Baroque has compiled an important discography, including several releases on the Telarc label. Among them was the world's first period-instrument performance of Robert Levin's completion of Mozart's Requiem, listed as one of the most important 1995 releases by CD Review. Classic CD in 1997 rated Boston Baroque's recording of Messiah as the top choice for that masterpiece. Read less
Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass / Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 426   Number of Discs: 1
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Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria / Pearlman, Boston Baroque
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Linn Records  
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Haydn: The Creation / Martin Pearlman,  Boston Baroque
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 401   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Active: Boston, MA -
Founded by harpsichordist, conductor, and music scholar Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque was the U.S.'s first specialist Baroque orchestra.

Boston Baroque was founded under the name "Banchetto Musicale" and quickly entered the vanguard of the American period instrument movement. Since its founding, Boston Baroque has been recognized as one of the world's leading period choral/orchestral ensembles. It has many notable events in its history,
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Prologue
Act I Scene 1: Di misera regina
Act I Scene 2: Duri e penosi
Act I Scene 4: Sinfonia
Act I Scene 5: Superbo è l'huom
Act I Scene 6: In questo basso mondo
Act I Scene 7: Dormo ancora
Act I Scene 8: Cara e lieta gioventù
Act I Scene 9: Tu, d'Aretusa al fonte
Act I Scene 10: Donate un giorno
Act I Scene 11: Oh come mal si salva
Act I Scene 12: Pastor d'armento può
Act I Scene 13: Ulisse generoso!
Act II Scene 1: Lieto cammino
Act II Scene 2: O gran figlio d'Ulisse
Act II Scene 3: Che veggio, ohimè, che miro?
Act II Scene 4: Eurimaco, la donna insomma
Act II Scene 5: Sono l'altre Regine
Act II Scene 7: Apportator d'alte novelle
Act II Scene 8: Compagni, udiste
Act II Scene 9: Perir non può
Act II Scene 10: Io vidi, o pellegrin
Act II Scene 11: Del mio lungo viaggio
Act II Scene 12: Sempre villano Eumete
Act II Scene 12: Tu vincitor
Act II Scene 12: Ecco l'arco d'Ulisse
Act III Scene 1: O dolor, o martir
Act III Scene 3: E quai nuovi rumori
Act III Scene 4: Forza d'occulto affetto
Act III Scene 5: È saggio Eumete
Act III Scene 6: Fiamma è l'ira, o gran Dea
Act III Scene 7: Gran Giove
Act III Scene 8: Ericlea, che vuoi far
Act III Scene 9: Ogni nostra ragion
Act III Scene 10: O delle mie fatiche
Part I: Die Vorstellung des Chaos (The Representation of Chaos) (Raphael, Uriel, Chorus)
Part I: Im Anfange schuf Goff Himmel und Erde (Raphael, Uriel, Choir)
Part I: Nun schwanden vor dem heiligen Strahle (Now vanish before the holy beams) (Uriel, Chorus)
Part I: Und Gott machte das Firmament (And God made the firmament) (Raphael)
Part I: Chorus: Mit Staunen sieht das Wunderwerk (The marv'lous work beholds amaz'd (Gabriel)
Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es sammle sich das Wasser (And God said: Let the waters under the heaven) (Raphael)
Part I: Rollend in schaumenden Wellen (Rolling in foaming billows) (Raphael)
Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde Gras hervor (And God said: Let all the earth bring forth grass) (Gabriel)
Part I: Nun beut die Flur das frische Grun (With verdure clad the fields appear) (Gabriel)
Part I: Und die himmlischen Heerscharen (And the Heav'nly host proclaimed the third day) (Uriel)
Part I: Stimmt an die Saiten (Awake the harp) (Chorus)
Part I: Und Gott sprach: Es seien Lichter an der Feste des Himmels (And God said: Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven) (Uriel)
Part I: In vollem Glanze steiget jetzt die Sonne (In splendour bright is rising now the sun) (Uriel)
Part I: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes (The heavens are telling the glory of God) (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, Chorus)
Part II: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe das Wasser in der Fulle hervor (And God said: Let the waters bring forth abundantly) (Gabriel)
Part II: Auf starkem Fittiche schwinget sich der Adler stolz (On mighty pens uplifted soars the eagle aloft) (Gabriel)
Part II: Und Gott schuf grosse Walfische (And God created great whales) (Raphael)
Part II: Und die Engel ruhrten ihre unsterblichten Harfen (And the angels struck their immortal harps) (Raphael)
Part II: In holder Anmut stehn (Most beautiful appear) (Trio) - Der Herr ist gross (The Lord is great) (Trio and Chorus)
Part II: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde hervor lebende Geschopfe (And God said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature) (Raphael)
Part II: Gleich offnet sich der Erde Schoss (Straight opening her fertile womb) (Raphael)
Part II: Nun scheint in vollem Glanze der Himmel (Now heav'n in fullest glory shone) (Raphael)
Part II: Und Gott schuf den Menschen nach seinem Ebenbilde (And God created man in his own image) (Uriel)
Part II: Mit Wurd' und Hoheit angetan (In native worth and honour clad) (Uriel)
Part II: Und Gott sah jedes Ding, was er gemacht hatte (And God saw ev'rything that he had made) (Raphael)
Part II: Zu dir, o Herr, blickt alles auf (Trio)
Motet, Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165: Allegro
Motet, Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165: Recitative
Motet, Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165: Andante
Motet, Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165: Allegro: Alleluja


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