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Beatles Baroque III / Les Boréades


Release Date: 01/02/2007 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22351   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George HarrisonJohn LennonPaul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you have enjoyed the first two volumes of this series, why not go for this third effort, especially since it contains more top Beatles songs (and a few of the group's stranger creations) expertly arranged for a sort-of Baroque-style period-instrument ensemble that really knows how to "make it work".

Of course, if you missed the earlier discs, the same comments that applied to Volume 1 are relevant here: There is nothing "baroque" about the music, the arrangements, or the performances; rather, what we get are mostly straightforward renditions of 18 songs that faithfully maintain many of the sounds and features of the originals, with the parts (including vocal ones) assigned to various instruments such as
Read more recorders, gambas, violin, viola, cello, harpsichord, guitars, organ, and bass. A cornetto even makes a particularly affecting stand-in for Paul McCartney's voice on "The Long and Winding Road", and a recorder is similarly right-on in negotiating the delicate turns of the melody in "All You Need is Love". Eric Milnes' arrangements are almost uniformly excellent, sometimes ingenious and brilliant, especially in such arrangement-resistant songs as "Why Don't We Do It in the Road", "Happiness is a Warm Gun", and (most impressive of all) the extended "I Want You (She's so heavy)" from Abbey Road.

There are a couple of perhaps questionable decisions--the sudden spoken passage in "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and the inclusion of Lennon's rather boring "Mother" on the program--and not every arrangement is a complete success, but overall this recording does what it's supposed to: delight, entertain, and remind us once again of just how good these songs are. No, it's not a reimagining or reworking or re-styling of Beatle music à la Joshua Rifkin in his 1960s masterpiece Baroque Beatles Book (which finally is available on CD!), and it's certainly not a replacement for the originals; but if you love these tunes, this presentation will satisfy, if only to hear how clever the arrangements and how suitable these instrumental timbres are--and don't even think of comparing Milnes' work to those easy-listening, elevator-music travesties you too often hear.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; England 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
2.
Across the universe by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; England 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
3.
This boy by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
4.
Here, There and Everywhere by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1966; England 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
5.
Oh! Darling by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
6.
In My Life by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
7.
Sun king by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
8.
And I Love Her by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1964; England 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
9.
All You Need is Love by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1967; England 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
10.
Mother by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
11.
The Long and Winding Road by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; England 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
12.
Why Don't We Do It in the Road by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968 
13.
If I Fell by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1964; England 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
14.
Happiness is a warm gun by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
15.
Hey Jude by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; England 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
16.
I want you (She's so heavy) by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
17.
Good night by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes.
Saint Augustine Church, Québec, Canada (08/29/2006 - 08/31/2006) 
18.
Her Majesty by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969 

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