Notes and Editorial Reviews
Parent and child alike will derive much satisfaction from these expertly chosen selections from the musical Baroque. Even familiar pieces, such as Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D and Antonio Vivaldi's "Spring" from 'The Four Seasons,' receive here fresh-sounding performances. Raymond Leppard, conducting the English Chamber Orchestra, performs his arrangement of the Pachelbel Canon with a sense of jubilant play and invention that too often is missing in performances of this popular piece. The flute solos of Vivaldi's "Spring" have rarely been played so mellifluously, thanks to the bird-like warbling of Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Unfamiliar pieces will no doubt provide unexpected delights. Less well known than the other items on this disc,
Alessandro Marcello's beautiful Oboe Concerto in D Minor, with its haunting Adagio, receives a lovely performance by John De Lancie and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Ormandy. Read less
Works on This Recording
Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349 by George Frideric Handel
C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs.
Te Deum in D major, H 146: Prelude by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Written: circa ?1690; France
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs.
Notes: Arranged: Jean Thilde
Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Alessandro Marcello
John De Lancie (Oboe)
Written: by 1717; Italy
Length: 10 Minutes 29 Secs.
Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, HWV 38: Minuet by George Frideric Handel
English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1737; London, England
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs.
Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Richard P. Condie
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Written: 1742; London, England
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs.
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