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The full list for this week.

Level 1
No works

Level 2
Purcell, Henry: Dido and Aeneas
Corelli, Arcangelo: Concerto Grosso in G Minor Op. 6 esp. No. 4, No. 8, 'Fatto per la notte di Natale'

Level 3
Pachelbel, Johann: Canon and Gigue in D

Level 4
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz von: The Rosary Sonatas "Passacaglia"
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz von: The Rosary Sonatas "The Glorious Mysteries"
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz von: The Rosary Sonatas "The Joyful Mysteries"
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz von: The Rosary Sonatas "The Sorrowful Mysteries" esp. Sonata No. 10
Corelli, Arcangelo: Violin Sonatas Op. 5 esp. No. 5, No. 9
Purcell, Henry: King Arthur

Level 5
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Membra Jesu Nostri BuxWV 75
Purcell, Henry: Hail! Bright Cecilia! Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
Purcell, Henry: Fairy Queen
Buxtehude, Dieterich: Preludes for Organ, BuxWV 136-154 esp. BuxWV 149
Purcell, Henry: My Heart is Inditing
Purcell, Henry: Fantasias for Viols
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Te Deum
Purcell, Henry: Ode to Queen Mary's Birthday "Come Ye Sons of Art Away"
Purcell, Henry: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
Corelli, Arcangelo: Trio Sonatas Op. 3 esp. No. 9
Purcell, Henry: Sonatas of III and IV Parts inc. IV Parts No. 9 "Golden Sonata"

Level 6
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz von: Missa Salisburgensis
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott BuxWV 184
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Médée
Scarlatti, Alessandro: L'Arianna
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz von: Battalia à 10
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Jubilate Domino
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Orphée Descendent aux Enfers
Stradella, Alessandro: San Giovanni Battista
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Abendmusiken
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Gott Fähret Auf Mit Jauchzen
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: La Reniement de St Pierre
Pachelbel, Johann: Acht Chorãle Preludes
Marais, Marin: Pièces en Trio
Purcell, Henry: Abdelazar
Purcell, Henry: Chacone in G Minor for Four Strings
Fux, Johann Joseph: Constanza e Fortezza
Kuhnau, Johann: Biblische Historien esp. The Combat Between David and Goliath
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Il Trionfo dell'Onore

Level 7
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz von: Harmonia Artificiosa-Ariosa
Pachelbel, Johann: Hexachordum Apollinis
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Messe de Minuet Pour Noël H.9
Marais, Marin: Pièces de Violes inc. Book 2 inc. "Couplets de Folies"
Stradella, Allessandro: San Giovanni Battista
Torelli, Giuseppe: Concerto Grosso Op. 8
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Le Malade Imaginaire
Purcell, Henry: Rejoice in the Lord Always "Bell Anthem"
Corelli, Arcangelo: Concerto for Oboe and Strings
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Il Mitridate Eupatone
Jacquet de la Guerre, Elisabeth: Céphale et Procris
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz von: Sonate Violino Solo
Draghi, Antonio: Il Nodo Gordiano
Krieger, Adam: Arien
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Klag-Lied
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Chaconne in E minor, BuxWV 160
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BuxWV 196
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Ich dank dir, lieber Herre, BuxWV 194
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BuxWV 98
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Alles, was ihr tut mit Worten oder Werken, BuxWV 4
Melani, Alessandro: L'Empio Punito
Stradella, Alessandro: Barcheggio II
Stradella, Alessandro: Sonata di Viole
Stradella, Alessandro: Susannah
Stradella, Alessandro: Vola, Vola in Atri Petti
Draghi, Giovanni: Psyche
Printz, Wolfgand: Historische Beschreibung der Edelen Sing-und-Kling-Kunst
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: David et Jonathas
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Filius Prodigus
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Judith
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Le Marriage Forcé
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Missa Assumpta est Maria
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Motet pour une Longue Offrande
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Philomèle
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: The Christmas Oratorio Frigidae Noctes Umbra H.414
Reincken, Johann: Hortus Musicus
Thelle, Johann: Adan und Eva
Blow, John: Hail Monarch, Sprung of Race Divine
Blow, John: The Glorious Day is Come
Blow, John: The Lord God ia a Sun and Shield
Collasse, Pascal: Ballet des Saisons
Collasse, Pascal: Thétis et Pélée
Muffat, Georg: Armonico Tributo
Muffat, Georg: Floilegium Primum
Muffat, Georg: Floregium Secundum
Pachelbel, Johann: Musikalische Sterbens-Gedanken
Pachelbel, Johann: Tocatta in E Minor
Steffani, Agostino: Henrico Leone
Steffani, Agostino: Tassilone
Westhoff, Johan Paul von: Sonata for Violin and Continuo iii. Imitazione della Compane
Erlebach, Philipp Heinrich: Gott Geheiligte Sing-Stunde
Torelli, Giuseppe: Christmas Eve Concerto
Torelli, Giuseppe: Concerti a Quattro Op. 5
Torelli, Giuseppe: Concerti da Camera
Torelli, Giuseppe: Concerti Musicali Op. 6
Torelli, Giuseppe: Sonate a 3
Purcell, Henry: Evening Hymn
Purcell, Henry: Dioclesian
Purcell, Henry: Hear My Prayer. Oh Lord
Purcell, Henry: I Gave Her Cakes
Purcell, Henry: Oedipus, King of Thebes, Z. 583/2 "Music for a while"
Purcell, Henry: Pavan in G Minor
Purcell, Henry: Praise the Lord, O Jersusalem
Purcell, Henry: The Indian Queen
Purcell, Henry: The Prophetess
Purcell, Henry: They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships
Purcell, Henry: Trumpet Tune and Air
Purcell, Henry: Welcome to All the Pleasures
Purcell, Henry: Minuet from Keyboard Suite No. 1 in G
Purcell, Henry: Nymphs and Sherpherds Come Away
Purcell, Henry: Rondeau in D Minor
Purcell, Henry: Trumpet Concerto in D Major
Fux, Johann Joseph: Concentus Musico-Instrumentalis
Fux, Johann Joseph: Cristo nell'orto
Kuhnau, Johann: Neue Clavier-Übung
Kuhnau, Johann: Frische Clavier Früchte
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Toccata da Cimbalo
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Gil Equivoci Nel Sembiante
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Il Pirro e Demetrio
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Il Tigrani
Scarlatti, Alessandro: L'Assurzione della Beate Virgine Maria
Scarlatti, Alessandro: L'Honestā Negli Amore
Scarlatti, Alessandro: La Caduta de' Decemviri
Scarlatti, Alessandro: La Giuditta (Opera)
Scarlatti, Alessandro: La Griselda (Opera)
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Le Teodora Augusta (Opera)
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Lidio e Clori, Ah! si, purtroppo è vero
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Sonata a Quattro in D Minor
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Stabat Mater
Scarlatti, Alessandro: St Celcilia Mass
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Motets
Taglioni, Giulio: Concerti a Cinque
Perti, Giacomo Antonio: Oreste in Argo
Jacquet de la Guerre, Elisabeth: Pièces de Clavessin
Jacquet de la Guerre, Elisabeth: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor esp. iv. Presto
Faggioli, Michelangelo: La Cilla

The highlight of the week so far has been Charpentier's Médée. Some 'odds-and-ends' for me today including:



Purcell: Welcome All the Pleasures

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent



Charpentier: Missa "Assumpta Est Maria"

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Véronique Gens, Gilles Ragon, Bernard Deletré, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Noémi Rime



von Westhoff: Sonata for Violin and Continuo No. 3: Imitazione delle campane (Arr. Christian Badzura)

Daniel Hope, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin

Vivaldi, Telemann, Couperin, Albinoni and their contemporaries in the starting gate from tomorrow.
 

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I think Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s music is really agreeable, I’m thinking really of the solo keyboard sonatas, but also the trio sonatas, I’m not sure I’ve heard more. The two Kuhnau collections are worth dipping into for sure. Willi Appel in his old book on keyboard music says that when Kuhnau’s good he’s very very good and when he’s bad he’s boring as hell (my paraphrase) - I think that’s right. The Muffat concertos, Armonico Tributo, are tremendous, among my favourite baroque concertos.


I’ll be interested to hear any comments on the Westhoff, which I haven’t heard (but I spent some time listening to his solo violin music a few months ago.)
 

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Strange little piece. Very contemporary-sounding, like Pärt or Glass, but maybe that's just the arrangement I heard.
I think it's really good stuff actually -- Westhoff is probably a fabulous violin composer waiting to be discovered, I was very impressed with Kolja Lessing's collection of suites. When Bach wrote his solo violin music he was contributing to a well established tradition, now almost completely forgotten.
 

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Johachim Burmeister's Musical Rhetorical Figures - Compendium

Compendium of the musical rhetorical figures and their definitions as presented in three publications of Johachim Burmeister: Hypomnematum musicae poeticae (1599) [link], Musica autoschediastikē (1601) [link], and Musica poetica (1606) [link]. The examples included in this document are original: in the sources the examples are given either in tablature, hence have no text, or only as references, quoted here for the convenience of the readers.


This YT channel is so helpful;

"The aim of Early Music Source is to simplify the access to the vast amount of Early music sources. It contains bibliographical lists in the different fields of early music. Sources which are available online are supplemented by links. The Database search allows a dynamic search according to different categories. Our youtube show discusses interesting subjects related to early music sources."
 

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I'm enjoying discovering Pachelbel's Musikalische Sterbens-Gedanken. It turns out that no-one's quite sure what it is, but whatever it is, it seems to be a congenial set of choral variations. Agreeable and easy going music of course, it's Pachelbel! Puts a smile on your face, wears out its welcome before its over, hear once, forget.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musicalische_Sterbens-Gedancken
 

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Our first 'Level 1' work of the journey, a work with more than 22 recommendations from the nearly 40 sources I considered, starts us off this week. I guess it'll be of little surprise as we cover composers born 1667-1682, that The Four Seasons tops the list - n00b admission, when I first came to Talk Classical in June 2020, I didn't know that The Four Seasons were only the first four concertos of twelve.

Level 1
Vivaldi, Antonio: Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Inventione esp. Nos. 1-4 Le Quattro Stagioni, No. 5 La Tempesta Di Mare

My listening this morning:



Vivaldi, Antonio: Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Inventione Nos. 1-4 Le Quattro Stagioni

La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler, Peter Whelan



Vivaldi, Antonio: Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Inventione No. 5 La Tempesta Di Mare, No. 6-12

Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante
 

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Glad I finally have the prompt to listen to the Four Seasons recording* I added to my collection a couple months ago. And timed perfectly, as I was at #6 on Pianozach's list, which is the Summer Concerto. Killed a few birds with one stone! The accompanying sonnets made for a wonderful pairing (thanks Wikipedia!).

*Apple Music was recommending the Janine Jansen (Decca) recording, which I quite liked.

I found Summer and Autumn to be the most engaging. Spring my least fave of the four, but only by a small margin. Good stuff all around!

I also picked up that same Europa Galante** collection for the other 8 concertos. Making my way through it now. I can see that the Four Seasons are really stand outs. But I did still really like the first movement of No. 5 'La tempesta di mare' and found Nos 8 & 9 to be particularly good. With Vivaldi I'm gravitating to the quick loud and dramatic stuff.

Before this listen, I guess I was only really familiar with the first movement of Spring, which solidified in my mind this stereotype of a quiet, courtly, prim sound. Background music for fancy socials. Glad to be disabused of that notion. Lots of fireworks abound!

** Is it unusual or noteworthy that the compilation orders the concertos not 1-12, but 1-5, 7, 11, 10, 8, 9, 6, 12?
 

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What's next Vivaldi?

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Vivaldi, Antonio: Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Inventione esp. Nos. 1-4 Le Quattro Stagioni, No. 5 La Tempesta Di Mare

Level 2
Vivaldi, Antonio: Gloria

Level 3
Vivaldi, Antonio: 12 Concerti Grossi "L'estro Armonico" Op. 3 esp. No. 1, No. 11

My listening this morning:



Vivaldi, Antonio: Gloria

Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Niels Heilmann, Barbara Hendricks, Jorma Hynninen, Ann Murray & Andy Rigby



Vivaldi, Antonio: 12 Concertos Op. 3 "L'Estro Armonico"

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque
 

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Glad I finally have the prompt to listen to the Four Seasons recording* I added to my collection a couple months ago. And timed perfectly, as I was at #6 on Pianozach's list, which is the Summer Concerto. Killed a few birds with one stone! The accompanying sonnets made for a wonderful pairing (thanks Wikipedia!).

*Apple Music was recommending the Janine Jansen (Decca) recording, which I quite liked.

I found Summer and Autumn to be the most engaging. Spring my least fave of the four, but only by a small margin. Good stuff all around!

I also picked up that same Europa Galante** collection for the other 8 concertos. Making my way through it now. I can see that the Four Seasons are really stand outs. But I did still really like the first movement of No. 5 'La tempesta di mare' and found Nos 8 & 9 to be particularly good. With Vivaldi I'm gravitating to the quick loud and dramatic stuff.

Before this listen, I guess I was only really familiar with the first movement of Spring, which solidified in my mind this stereotype of a quiet, courtly, prim sound. Background music for fancy socials. Glad to be disabused of that notion. Lots of fireworks abound!

** Is it unusual or noteworthy that the compilation orders the concertos not 1-12, but 1-5, 7, 11, 10, 8, 9, 6, 12?
No, not really, although it's nice they kept 1-4 in sequence. They could have done this for a a few different reasons:

1. Sometimes they'll do this so they'll fit better in the time allotted.

2. Sometimes they'll subjectively pair a stronger work with a weaker work. (My 5-CD Beethoven Symphonies Collection has some odd match-ups)

3. Sometimes the compilation might be placed in the order in which they were written.

But who knows? Maybe they went by the RV #s.
 

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Level 1
Vivaldi, Antonio: Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Inventione esp. Nos. 1-4 Le Quattro Stagioni, No. 5 La Tempesta Di Mare

Level 2
Vivaldi, Antonio: Gloria

Level 3
Vivaldi, Antonio: 12 Concerti Grossi "L'estro Armonico" Op. 3 esp. No. 1, No. 11

Level 4
Couperin, François: Pièces de Clavercin esp. Les Baricades Mistérieuses
Couperin, François: Trois Lecons de Tenebres
Giazotto attrib. Albinoni, Tomaso (Disp.): Adagio in G minor
Telemann, Georg Philipp: Tafelmusik


There's over six and a half hours of music in today's listening. I'll be in the office all day so it may work out. We'll see. My first listen to the Trois Leçons de Ténèbres and I very much enjoyed Rousset's Lully a couple of weeks ago so I'm looking forward to that.







Couperin: Pièces de Clavercin

Angela Hewitt



Couperin: Trois Leçons de Ténèbres

Christophe Rousset: Sandrine Piau, Les Talens Lyriques, Emmanuel Balssa



Telemann: Tafelmusik

Walter van Hauwe, Florilegium

Each of these pieces has a podcast dedicated to it in the BBC Early Music Show series. If you have access to the BBC, you can get a 20-minute introduction to the piece.
 
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