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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.

    I was idly looking at the Wiki list of baroque composers:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Baroque_composers


    I had never heard of the first on the list - Jacopo Peri ((1561-1633) - and at first could find no examples of his work on YouTube. Then I looked up his Wiki biography and located this link for his opera Euridice:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNIv0gQMLQA

    I started to listen - and a wonderful voice spoke to me out of the past, saying 'I was once alive, like you, and now I reach out to you from Eternity, your destination too...'

    Then I thought that I haven't seen much on TC lately about the Beauties of the Baroque.

    I am going to try and listen to items from the Wiki list in chronological order and write about my experiences, and I would love it if you, dear reader & Baroque-Lover, could post your listening experiences using composers from the list, though not necessarily in order - unless you want to.

    You might also like to highlight baroque composers who have somehow not appeared on the list, if any there be.

    I invite you also - or as an alternative - to post on this thread any new discoveries you have made, and/or any observations on baroque music that occur to you.

    Just wondering now whether to change the thread title to Baroque Epiphanies -
    but no, Amor Vincit Omnia!
    I'm on to Bach at present, and what with the Lockdown, the feeling of anxiety-cum-stagnation, and the daunting aspect of a Musical Giant, I find that I just can't do much listening at present.

    So instead of 'working through' organised samples of his music, I've decided to listen to bits and pieces by Bach as the mood takes me. After all, who would pay me any attention if I were to write a critique of Bach on a systematic basis? And quite right too. With me, it's all just personal response anyway.

    Like most other people, I love Bach and it would be churlish in me to find fault. So my appreciation is more in the line of posting yum-yum noises.

    But I'm loth to abandon this thread and my project, because it's been so enlightening to me, and the posts that people have made here on the thread have been fab. So all I can do is note what I do end up listening to of Bach's and say how I liked it, and then move on to someone more manageable - oh whoops, bad idea, the next one is D. Scarlatti!
    Last edited by Ingélou; Jun-07-2020 at 18:05.
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    John / 'Taggart' is practising this at present, ready for when his piano lessons can safely resume.
    So I hear these tunes day in, day out, and never get sick of them - Bach French Suite No. 5 is exquisite:



    PS - You may be wondering why I'm posting so big and bold these days - it's because of my worsening cataracts. The Lord knows when I'll get to the top of the currently suspended waiting list for an operation.
    Last edited by Ingélou; Jun-07-2020 at 17:08.
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    Who could resist this one?
    The Bach double with Andrew Manze & Rachel Podger.
    Sublime.


    ~ Mollie ~
    My fiddle my joy.

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    This is an absolute must listen. It's simply breathtakingly brilliant. Everything that's enriching about baroque music is here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iE7Q-EfNv8E

    ETA I can never remember how to embed videos
    Last edited by classical yorkist; Jun-09-2020 at 17:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classical yorkist View Post
    This is an absolute must listen. It's simply breathtakingly brilliant. Everything that's enriching about baroque music is here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iE7Q-EfNv8E

    Marais: La Voix de la Viole

    ETA I can never remember how to embed videos
    I'm listening now - it's beautiful.
    ~ Mollie ~
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    We found a flurry of interest in Isabella Leonard on the 400th anniversary of her birth on 6th September. I put something on her guest book but this by Rachel Podger is very nice:

    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    So I've widened my taste and knowledge of baroque composers again...Mariana Flores and Greta de Reyghere sing like angels and Cavalli, Barbara Strozzi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Charpentier are cool composers. I've been listening to recordings from Ricercar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    So I've widened my taste and knowledge of baroque composers again...Mariana Flores and Greta de Reyghere sing like angels and Cavalli, Barbara Strozzi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Charpentier are cool composers. I've been listening to recordings from Ricercar
    I love Mariana Flores' Strozzi... I've also been enjoying the Musica Fiorita Strozzi CD with Susanne Ryden, and Musica Fiorita generally seems like a goldmine of really great recordings of underappreciated Baroque works and/or composers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheregi View Post
    a goldmine of really great recordings of underappreciated Baroque works and/or composers.
    Flores and Ryden are both superb baroque sopranos. So is Nuria Rial if you're looking for further excursions off the beaten track.

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