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A Baroque Festival / Parrott, Taverner Players


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 61304   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann PachelbelGeorge Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian BachHenry Purcell
Performer:  John HollowayAlison BuryElizabeth WallfischMark Caudle,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner PlayersTaverner Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By putting together a program that is balanced with familiar hits and frequently played but no less worthy pieces, Virgin Classics has produced a satisfying compilation in A Baroque Festival. By getting top-notch performances from the Taverner Players and the Taverner Consort, directed by Andrew Parrott, the label is able to present the music in the best period style. One is never bored with the performances because these brilliant musicians are quite fleet in their Allegros and forward moving in their Andantes, and there is nothing sluggish in their Adagios. Connoisseurs of Baroque music will note with pleasure that Parrott's pacing and the group's energy never flag, so the pieces are as crisp and lively as any authentic practice ensemble Read more could play them. Pachelbel's Canon and Gigue is perhaps the least necessary offering here, but it is at least played as it was written -- for three violins and continuo -- and taken at a fairly brisk clip, so there is not a trace of modern sentimentality in this bravura performance. Other selections are more or less expected, such as Handel's famous Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, and the equally familiar Sinfonia from Bach's Cantata No. 29, but there are plenty of pieces that don't get as much popular attention, notably Purcell's charming Three Parts upon a Ground (which could give Pachelbel's Canon a run for the money any day), and the gorgeous Harp Concerto in B flat major, which is one of Handel's finest works, played here in its entirety. Also of interest is the Suite of Theatre Music, which brings together several of the best-known instrumental numbers from Purcell's semi-operas, and the handful of sinfonias from Bach's cantatas that seldom appear on Baroque samplers. The recording quality is consistently clear and vibrant throughout, and the period instruments are captured with special care for their delicate shadings.

-- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  John Holloway (Violin), Alison Bury (Violin), Elizabeth Wallfisch (Violin),
Mark Caudle (Bass Viola da gamba), Andrew Parrott (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Wir danken dir, Gott, BWV 29: no 1, Sinfonia in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Toll (Organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia/Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Reichenberg (Oboe)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
7.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31: no 1, Sonata in C major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte, BWV 174: Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
Three on a Ground by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Holloway (Violin), Jakob Lindberg (Archlute), Alison Bury (Violin),
Elizabeth Wallfisch (Violin), Andrew Parrott (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
11.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Act 3 Trumpet Overture by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12.
Abdelazer, Z 570 "Moor's Revenge": Rondeau by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Gordian Knot Unty'd, Z 597: Chaconne by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Symphony by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
15.
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste, BWV 106 "Actus tragicus": no 1, Sonatina in E flat minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Richard Campbell (Bass Viola da gamba), Jennifer Ward-Clarke (Bass Violin), Mark Caudle (Bass Viola da gamba),
Catherine Latham (Recorder), Anneke Boeke (Recorder), John Toll (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Mühlhausen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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