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    Cribbed from Current Listening - https://www.ted.com/talks/daria_van_...and_in_the_air - a Durch Pianist describing her love pf Handel.
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taggart View Post
    Cribbed from Current Listening - https://www.ted.com/talks/daria_van_...and_in_the_air - a Durch Pianist describing her love pf Handel.
    Thanks, Taggart - well cribbed! This was an absolutely brilliant video. I love Handel!
    Last edited by Ingélou; Feb-08-2019 at 20:51.
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    I still have no computer to listen to my CDs and rips and it's really starting to get me down, I feel like swearing argggh. I didn't realise just how much I needed baroque music while I was doing my online hobbies (mostly local and family history) which are also absent from my lifestyle the moment. I'm so fed up

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    Quote Originally Posted by classical yorkist View Post
    I still have no computer to listen to my CDs and rips and it's really starting to get me down, I feel like swearing argggh. I didn't realise just how much I needed baroque music while I was doing my online hobbies (mostly local and family history) which are also absent from my lifestyle the moment. I'm so fed up ������
    I can imagine. I do hope you manage to get something sorted before too long. We're missing you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    I can imagine. I do hope you manage to get something sorted before too long. We're missing you!
    Thanks, I'm still following the thread but it's killing me not being able to listen as much as I used to.

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    So, I'm giving streaming YouTube on my telly a go. It's ok, just been extremely moved by Allegri's Miserere (as usual!) and I'm now listening to some Netherlands concerti. The problem I have is I don't know what to do while listening. I would normally be doing research etc while listening. I'm not really someone who sits and listens. Oh well, it's at least nice to have some music back in my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classical yorkist View Post
    So, I'm giving streaming YouTube on my telly a go. It's ok, just been extremely moved by Allegri's Miserere (as usual!) and I'm now listening to some Netherlands concerti. The problem I have is I don't know what to do while listening. I would normally be doing research etc while listening. I'm not really someone who sits and listens. Oh well, it's at least nice to have some music back in my life.
    I know what you mean. I find it easy to listen & draw or sew or do routine tasks. If I 'just listen', I find my concentration wandering as my busy thoughts climb aboard passing trains.

    Glad you've found a way to listen to some music & post about it. Have a fab weekend.
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    Glorious music. The Te Deum was taken a little fast and one felt that the singers were chasing the musicians. Still, a beautiful listen for a Sunday.

    Probably composed in 1690, the Messe de Minuït pour Noël, uses no fewer than ten traditional French carols (or noels)while impressively revealing Charpentier’s mastery of the concertante style. The folk tunes give the mass a real zip.
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taggart View Post


    Glorious music. The Te Deum was taken a little fast and one felt that the singers were chasing the musicians. Still, a beautiful listen for a Sunday.

    Probably composed in 1690, the Messe de Minuït pour Noël, uses no fewer than ten traditional French carols (or noels)while impressively revealing Charpentier’s mastery of the concertante style. The folk tunes give the mass a real zip.
    I have only one thing to say after listening to Charpentier's Messe de Minuit.
    Vive la France.

    Respectfully,
    Madame la Marquise.
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    I've been hearing oratorios by Händel lately. Joshua is currently on my iTunes. I'm awaiting 2 3cd sets very soon (Theodora & Susanna). For my recital this evening I'm starting with the Prelude bwv 999 and ending with Sarabanda/doble from bwv 1002, so I even heard myself!

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    William Croft: Keyboard Music - Colin Booth (harpsichord)


    Suite in C Minor - Ground
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8jDxNPzR14

    Suite in C Minor has deep, exquisite mood. Michael Nyman used the harmonic progression of this piece in An Eye for Optical Theory. I think it is C minor, G major, F minor, B-flat major, and so on. I like the sound of harpsichord Booth plays on this album. It is mild, rich and clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    Taggart & I just listened to and enjoyed these videos about the difference between baroque and more modern keyboards:



    I've just watched these videos and enjoyed them tremendously. I could have literally cried with joy when he played the clavichord a little into the first part. I simply adore period keyboard instruments.

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    IMG_20190215_160728.jpg

    Today's charity shop find and it's a beauty. Lots of diagrams and illustrations of historical keyboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    For love of the Baroque, I vow to undertake a delightful project...

    If you love Baroque music - you will know about that sense of connection with all the beauty in the Universe when you listen to it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Baroque_composers


    I am going to try and listen to items from the Wiki list in chronological order and write about my experiences...
    Antonio Caldara -

    I've now finished listening to some of his music that I've been able to find on YouTube, starting with the music recommended on his composer guestbook.
    Antonio Caldara (1670 – 1736)

    I enjoyed listening to him, and I think he writes good music. I can't say he stands out for me - the problem is that the quality (and quantity) of music composed in the baroque era is so high. Never was the saying better illustrated - 'The Best is the Enemy of the Good.'

    But I am glad that I listened to these works, and I would be very happy to go to a concert and listen to more Caldara, maybe even to buy a cd or two - there doesn't seem to be any Caldara in our wonderful 'baroque box' of cds.

    Here's what I listened to -

    Stabat Mater - The Sixteen:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLncuDGNu-Y
    Very nice, with some beautiful moments - but for me, a little lack lustre.

    Dies Irae (1720)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z79vOYnb3DA
    Stunning Beauty

    'The Cervantes Operas; La Retirata
    Trailer for a cd to mark 400th anniversary of Cervantes' death - interesting, and the music sounds nice.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cx4HwYEDvQ

    Sinfonie a Quattro - Ars Antiqua Australia
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7eO4nLxMxM
    Spirited or tender, elegant but never lacking feeling. Some of the later pieces blend into the wallpaper - but excellent wallpaper.

    Chiacona in B flat major
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC4nFaMBqP8
    Delicate and Lyrical

    Trio Sonata in E Major
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz4sYC2zsP0
    Pensive - wistful - lovely

    Crucifixus a 16 Voci
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhALCOTRlo8
    Nice, but not really my bag.

    Julianne Baird - Ah se toccasse a me - Il giuoco del quadriglio - Caldara
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcos5xC_BYQ
    Charming (but no more).

    Christmas Cantata - Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Conducted By Rudolf Ewerhart.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASQzQ6dhjsg
    Pretty, and a pleasant listen; some lovely voices.

    Antonio Caldara Sonate a tre,Ensemble La Fidelissima
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKmBshgLV9Q
    Sometimes tender, sometimes spirited. Always lovely.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Next on the list is Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer - I admit, I never heard of him. And there's no guestbook. But there are some bits and pieces on YouTube, so I shall see what I can cobble together.

    Does anyone have any experience of Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, or any recommendations?
    They would be gratefully received.
    Last edited by Ingélou; Feb-16-2019 at 09:55.
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    ^
    Great list Ingelou! Although I have to admit I haven't heard the majority of the works on it.

    I'm a bit late for Caldara party, but I'd like to mention that he caught my attention years ago with arias from his oratorios. Like this one, sorry if someone posted it already. The album it is from is a much cherished baroque music disk in my collection.




    Another important oratorio that I find irresistibly beautiful is 'Maddalena ai Piedi di Cristo'
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjpfutXceYo
    And even better it's not just excerpts, but is recorded in full

    Ah, yes a much earlier post jostled my memory, now I remember. I see trio sonata on your list and later album cover with Amandine Beyer performing Trio sonatas on Glossa label reminded me that I was interested to hear them for quite quite some time. Note to self - to listen to them ASAP.
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