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Baroque Adagios


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470460   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann PachelbelAntonio VivaldiTomaso AlbinoniChristoph W. Gluck,   ... 
Performer:  Felix AyoMaria Teresa GarattiEduardo FernandezMaurice Hasson,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl MünchingerGeorge MalcolmSir Neville MarrinerPaul Dyer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber OrchestraI MusiciEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The 17th-century musician and writer Thomas Mace described in 1676 how listeners were "drawn into raptures and contemplations by...musick's divine language, to quietness, joy, and peace; absolute tranquility." This double-disc set offers over 2 1/2 hours of Baroque era music that validates Mace's assertion by focusing on slow tempo excerpts culled from the masterworks of the period's preeminent composers. The resultant overall tone of meditative calm and serenity is established right from the start with the familiar strains of Pachelbel's Canon and is sustained throughout by the variety of examples of the forms, styles, and innovations developed by the likes of J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Albinoni. Even taken out of context, selections Read more such as Gluck's "Dance of the blessed spirits," Purcell's "Dido's Lament," and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater are powerful representations of what came to be known as Baroque. The collected recordings are all first rate and feature outstanding performances by distinguished artists such as Janet Baker, András Schiff, Andreas Scholl, Heinz Holliger, and Neville Marinner.
Includes ground(s) by William Croft. Soloist: Naoko Yoshino. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major: Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Karl Münchinger
This selection is a DDD recording. 
2. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Felix Ayo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3. Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Maria Teresa Garatti (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by Albinoni. 
4. Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: De Reede
This selection is a DDD recording. 
5. Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93: 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Malipiero
This selection is a DDD recording. 
6. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maurice Hasson (Violin), Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
7. Concerto for Oboe in D minor: 2nd movement, Adagio by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
8. Nisi Dominus in G minor, RV 608: Cum dederit delectis suis sommum by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Paul Dyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
9. Concerto for Organ in F major, HWV 295 "Cuckoo and the Nightingale": Larghetto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Martin Haselböck (Organ)
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
10. Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053: Siciliano by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
11. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill": 1st movement, Larghetto affettuoso by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), Riccardo Castagnone (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
12. Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535: Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Neil Black (Oboe), Celia Nicklin (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 1 in D major - 5th movement, Largo by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Alan Loveday (Violin), Carmel Kaine (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
14. Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  András Schiff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
15. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
16. Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
17. Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is presented here in excerpted form. 
18. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thurston Dart (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
19. Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bernadette Greevy (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Felix Ayo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
21. Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, BWV 1054: 2nd movement, Adagio e piano sempre by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  András Schiff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
22. Concerti (12) ŕ 5, Op. 9: no 2 for Oboe in D minor - 2nd movement, Adagio by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Maria Teresa Garatti (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
23. Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  György Sebok (Piano), János Starker (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is presented here in excerpted form. 
24. Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294: 2nd movement, Larghetto by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Jean-Claude Hermanjat (Flute), Ursula Holliger (Harp), André Pépin (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
25. Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 2nd movement, Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Middleton (Harpsichord), Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
26. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 2nd movement, Affettuoso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrew Malcolm (Harpsichord), Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute), Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
27. Stabat Mater: Stabat Mater dolorosa by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; Pozzuoli, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
28. Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia/Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Lloyd Webber
This selection is a DDD recording. 
29. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carmel Kaine (Violin), Tess Miller (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
30. Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno": 2nd movement, Adagio molto by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Felix Ayo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Vittorio Negri 
31. Concerto for Oboe in D minor: Adagio by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
32. Concerti (12) for Strings after Domenico Scarlatti: no 6 in D major - Largo by Charles Avison
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin), Malcolm Latchem (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
33. Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356: Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Roberto Michelucci (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
34. Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Anthony Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
35. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: no 1, Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Raymond Agoult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Orchestrated: Bantock
This selection is presented here in excerpted form. 
36. Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major, RV 532: 2nd movement, Andante by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Tommaso Ruta (Mandolin), Gino Del Vescovo (Mandolin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Franz Giegling 
37. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 4 in A minor HWV 322 - 3rd movement, Largo e piano by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sir Neville Marriner (Violin), Trevor Connah (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Canon In D
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno": 2. Largo
Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance Of the Blessed Spirits
Concerto for Lute, 2 Violins and Continuo in D, RV.93: 2. Largo
Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto
Oboe Concerto In D Minor: 2. Adagio
Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608: 4. "Cum dederit" (Andante)
Concerto grosso in A minor, Op.6, No.4: 1. Larghetto affettuoso (excerpt)
Organ Concerto No.13 in F -"Cuckoo and the Nightingale" HWV 295: 4. Larghetto
Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in F, BWV 1053 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in E, BWV 1053: 2. Siciliano
Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G minor, B. g5 - "Il trillo del diavolo": 1. Larghetto affettuoso
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 ('Sleepers, awake') - Arr. Sir Granville Bantock (1868-1946): Excerpt
Concerto for 2 Oboes, Strings and Continuo in D minor, R.535 - Performing Edition by Christopher Hogwood: 2. Largo
Concerto grosso in D, Op.6, No.1: 2. Largo
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.4 in A, BWV 1055 - piano performance: 2. Larghetto
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations": Aria
Serse / Act 1: "Ombra mai fů"
Nulla in mundo pax, R.630: Nulla in mundo pax sincera (excerpt)
Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068: 2. Air
Rinaldo / Act 2: "Lascia ch'io pianga"
Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera": 2. Largo
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.3 in D, BWV 1054: 2. Adagio e piano sempre
Concerto a 5 in D minor, Op.9, No.2 for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029 - Arr. Cello & Piano: 2. Adagio
Harp Concerto in B flat, Op.4, No.6, HWV 294 - Transcr. from Organ Concerto No. 6, HWV 294 by composer: 2. Larghetto
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 2. Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050: 2. Affetuoso
Stabat Mater: 1. Stabat Mater
Arioso (Adagio in G) from Cantata BWV 156
Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - rev. by Franz Giegling (1921-): 2. Andante
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1060 - performing edition by C. Hogwood for violin, oboe and strings: 2. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno": 2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)
Oboe Concerto in D minor: 1. Adagio
12 Concerti Grossi - Orch. Ch. Avison - Concerto No.6 in D: 1. Largo
12 Concertos, Op.3 - "L'estro armonico" / Concerto No. 6 in A minor for solo violin, RV356: Largo
Ground - Arr. David Watkins
Dido and Aeneas - Edited Margaret Laurie & Thurston Dart - Act 3: When I am laid in earth

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 Beautiful April 3, 2012 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "This is a must for anyone who loves the baroque era. They're all here and the performances are great." Report Abuse
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