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Like many, I was not familiar with the works of a lot of of the composers featured on this CD, but I loved this melody from the very first time I heard it. The pieces are beautiful, nuanced and quite accessible to both the connoisseur or novice. Mates that I've allow borrow this CD have had a related experience. If you like classical music, baroque melody or even just GOOD music, I challenge you to test this lovely compilation. You won't be disappointed!
Really amazing sampling of classical trumpet music. Purchased this because I enjoyed a related compilation from brother Brandford. I'm not a musician or melody critic, but I have a hard time believing anyone wouldn't have fun this disk. I gave it to my son who is a trumpet major in college and he thinks it is great.
What can I say other than, perfection, utter perfection! Every note, every phrasing, every harmony - spot on, crystal clear. Stunning, amazing. Wynton is the greatest trumpeter I think that God has created to date! Thank you, Wynton for sharing your your attractive soul in your melody with your fellow humans!
An absolutely stellar collection of traditional and more obscure traditional hymns and pieces. Full of amazing performances. A must have and a amazing deal.Had to add more.. year after year the more I listen to this marvelous collection.. the more I love it!!! It's truly stellar!!
"100 Best Baroque" is what it seems - a compilation of the 100 definitive Baroque compositions. For a very low you obtain a complete overview of the Baroque style, and while the sound quality of the recordings will not satisfy a serious student or fan of classical music, they are more than enough for a classical neophyte such as e compilation breaks down the songs into six categories on six separate CDs:1. England and the Baroque - Handel's Zadok the Priest and Messiah, Purcell's O Solitude, Byrd's With Lillies White, etc.2. The Best of Italian Baroque - Handel's Alcina and others, Albinoni's Adagio, Gabrielli's Sonata Pian e forte, Vivaldi's "Summer," etc.3. Treasures of the Mediterranean Baroque - Vivaldi's Gloria, Boccherini's Guitar Quintet in E, Soler's Fandango, etc.4. The Glory of French Baroque - Philidor, Lully, De Lalande, etc.5. Bach and His Time - Pachelbel's Canon in D, J.S. Bach's Cantanta, Telemann, etc.6. The Genius of Bach - all Bach e sound recordings are of secondary quality as one could expect for such a low-budget item as this. Still, this collection is excellent for the casual listener or for background music. That does not mean that the quality is not good - far from it - it's just not as amazing as what you can expect from some higher-priced l in all, a unbelievable value.
I was first introduced to the work of Wynton Marsalis a few years ago. His classical and baroque efforts are very pleasing for me. This particular CD represents his superb skill. I do not claim to be an expert, but I feel that this is a selection that will be enjoyable for any listener.
Somewhere I read that baroque melody stimulates brain activity. Maybe it's the melodic patterns, maybe the subtle interactions between instruments in the arrangements. Don't know. But I have often found that putting on a small Handel or Bach helps me break through whatever seems to be blocking up my mental processes, which beautiful much at any time can use all the support they can get. Here is a fine collection from the master composers of the era and style, with perfect performances all around. I am thoroughly enjoying these tracks, and expect to victory a Nobel of some sort at any time now. Although a Genius Grant would also do.
If you are a fan of Baroque melody then this is a lovely Christmas cd you should consider buying. The selections on it are amazing and it's an enjoyable cd to listen to. The songs aren't so Christmas like that you couldn't play the cd other times through the year. It will be one of my favorites I think. Item arrived within alloted time frame and was well packaged. Ellen P.
When I first got this CD I didn't know very much about Italian baroque music. However, after listening to this CD, I discovered composers that I had not heard of before, that as it turns out are as talented as Vivaldi. For example, the Sinfonia by Sammartini is just spectacular. The melody by Geminiani is fantastic, as is the melody by Locatelli and Manfredini. Also, I have listened to a lot of melody by Albinoni, but none so amazing as his Opus 2, Number 6 which can be found on this CD. Also, I found that the speed of Albinoni's Opus 2, Number 6 on this CD was excellent (as compared to other versions of this I have heard, which in my opinion are played slightly too slowly). I have mentioned a few of my private favorites, however, the entire CD is great. Often the Naxos label puts out perfect baroque melody very cheaply, and it is often melody that is difficult to search elsewhere. Quite seriously, if you are a fan of amazing baroque melody then this is a CD that you should not be without.
I own about 20 CDs of Baroque music. This one is the best. Capella Istropolitana is the best orchestra in the globe for baroque music. Buy any Naxos label with Capella Istropolitana playing the music. This CD allows you to sample a lot of various baroque composers. Then you can go CDs of the composers you like best. The Geminiani tracks on this CD are the best I have ever heard, and I own 3 other Geminiani CDs.
The opening three tracks of this recording, Sammartini's Sinfonia in A Major, will delight any melody lover. Listen to the sample online; you'll likely be delighted enough to listen to the other samples and be compelled this suite of Baroque favorites. Most all the masters of the period are well represented here: Geminiani, Locatelli, Torelli, Corelli, Manfredini, and Albinoni. A better sample of this period of melody is not to be had. 37 tracks of lovely music, and an perfect introduction to the a lot of composers who've written so much attractive music!My Amazon books about money: A Return to Abundance, Book 1: Cash and happiness, abundance and prosperity, and the unconscious mind: a mythological, psychological, historical, and family of origin look at & its power
Allow me begin by saying that I am definitely not a Baroque melody expert by any means, so my thinking about how poorly organized the melody selection is might be off-base. If so, please correct me, because I really wish to know!Upon receiving this set, I noticed beautiful immediately that the "Treasures Of Mediterranean Baroque" contained a lot of composers that I always just thought of as Italian, such as Vivaldi and Tartini, which should have been a part of the set's "The Best of Italian Baroque" Disk -- and actually, there are also Vivaldi pieces on "The Best of Italian Baroque", and I don't understand what factors are considered in deciding which pieces went on which ere are also several Handel pieces on "The Best of Italian Baroque", which should actually belong on a German Baroque Disk (which the set does not contain), or on the set's "England & The Baroque" disk -- and actually, there are also Handel pieces on the "England & The Baroque" disk.I enjoyed the music, and especially appreciated the Bach selections for the two Bach disks. However, I was hoping I would be able to learn more about regional Baroque sounds, and because of the confusing method the set is organized, that won't be part of my listening experience.
A very solid recording although could've benefited from a greater diversity in piece selection. Several albums have subsequently been produced. This CD - it's excellent for when your travelling or rather not moving in a modern traffic jam these compositions from a prior century will enable you cope and focus. The Opera collaboration is also worth a listen.
Has anyone else purchased the MP3 ver of this? As I was listening through it I came to track 16 which is listed as Alessandro Marcello's Oboe Concerto in D minor. However, that is not what I listened to on this album. The audio that is coming through on my MP3 album for this track is an Opera. The track still says Oboe Concerto in D minor. Is anyone else experiencing this??Besides this one incorrect track, I love this album by Helmut Muller-Bruhl and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. I feel they really capture the authentic sound of the Baroque period by using the historical instruments.
I couldn't wait to listen to this CD, even though it's only mid September! It's sooooo beautiful. If you love attractive melody of the baroque period, and Christmas melody at that, then you will truly appreciate this music. Very glad to have found it here on Amazon.
This is a very fine recording. I was very happy with it. As a former professional violinist I was happy with the sound of the recording & the interesting musical renditions. I am not familiar with this group, but after hearing this recording I would recommend Capella Istropolitana highly. I would recommend this recording to Baroque lovers.
I thouroughly have fun this CD! The melody is attractive enough to listen to all by itself, but also quiet and peaceful enough to listen to while studying for exams or doing homework. Angry about Baroque has been in my discman for a lot of weeks and accompanied to the library a lot of times. This is a amazing CD!
I sent this to my daughter as a gift. It is a very not good quality disc. She tried to play it on two home players, and neither one would play it. She had place another thin disc like this one in her vehicle CD player and it got stuck and broke the player. This product should be taken off the market.
A joyful noise in the grandest manner. Bigger-than-life melody written for the largest occasions, gorgeously played. Even the young teen brass-player it was bought to "instruct" loved it, right off, without the sign of an argument. A fine, rare success.
I work in Mexico, and have been to the cathedral where Padilla first transferred his notes into a vocal symphony. The context of the late colonial / early historic period in Mexico was a tearful time in the history of this country, and Padilla seems to have captured the beauty and depth of religious passion that prevailed at this time. This modern recording brings back to life the times of colonial Mexico, that have literally not been heard for hundreds of years. Ruttenburg did a supurb job with his vocalists, and with the high fidelity recording.
To the uninitiated, the quality of choral melody composed and performed in Mexico during the first half of the 18th century is astounding. Spanish-born composer Juan Gutierrez de Padilla was thoroughly versed in the "a cappella" style of the High Renaissance before moving to Mexico. Once there he may have felt like Haydn during his years in Eisentadt: voluntarily exiled to musical backwaters where he was to experiment and nurture his special musical personality. Careful listenings to this perfect recording reveal some exquisite compositional characteristics of the nascent Baroque, but the overall impression is late Renaissance, in all its glory. Conductor/producer Peter Rutenberg has shaped Padilla's melody -- much of it for double choir -- beautifully. Phrases are finely modulated and dynamics enhance their direction. The straight-tone intonation of the Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella is spot on: you could drive a truck through some of their final chords. And the rhythmic interplay between duple and triple -- so necessary in any performance of Renaissance polyphony -- is carefully interpreted throughout. In all, this fine recording is a welcome introduction, to quote Rutenberg's well-written liner notes, to "the first flowering of Mexico's Golden Age in a garden that was to reach full bloom with the melody of Manuel de Zumaya and Ignacio de Jerusalem 100 years later."
After finding Frederick Fennell and his Cleveland (and others) Wind Ensemble, I became an confirmed brass lover. Since I was already a large admirer of the king of instruments, I naturally ventured out to brass + organ, surely the pinnacle of huge sound music. This is one of the finest albums of such for baroque music. It has several attributes that guarantee immense satisfaction. First, the brass ensemble is the Empire Brass Quintet, the leading brass ensemble since the demise of the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble. Second, William Kuhlman is acknowledged as one of the leading organists in the world. Third, Telarc recorded the album, and they had the highest reputation for vivid recordings. The albums success was a no-brainer!The individual pieces played here all originate from the Baroque period of classical music, with such names as Bach, Telemann, and Handel. Lesser known by his name than by his popular Trumpet Voluntary is Jeremiah Clarke, the piece long attributed incorrectly to Purcell. Over the latest few decades, this piece has probably been played at more weddings than anything else other than the Wedding March from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream. Almost as well-known is Clarke's Prince of Denmark's March given a superb is vividly recorded disc from heaven receives my highest recommendation. Buy it and listen to it with someone you love.
We bought "The Glory of Gabrieli" a few weeks ago and loved it. It has some organ, but the predominant playing is by the brass. So we ordered this one, hoping for more of the same, and were very disappointed. It should be titled "Baroque Melody for Organ, with some Brass". The melody is fine and the playing is excellent, but it's more organ music.
This Telarc recording is, once again, real to their reputation for sound quality. You'll love the rich tones of the brass in solo and in harmony, allow alone in company with organ. (Especially if you can listen to them in SACD!) My only "con" is one of private taste: I prefer to hear the brass in help of the organ; a lot of of the pieces here feature the brass with organ accompaniment. But the opening with Purcell's "Rondeau" and some others like the arrangement of Clarke's popular "Trumpet Voluntary" pushed my 4 stars up to 5. Typical of the Barogue, the selections here can be melodious and smooth, or exciting and grand - but always in motion. The Empire Brass and William Kuhlman demonstrate their musicianship and fully display the glorious sounds of the Baroque masters.
A excellent collection of perfectly performed compositions of Pachelbel, ch, Charpentier, Purcell and Telemann. There are also two unexpected gems; the very missed Rolf Smedvig's magical arrangement of Handel's dance-like Violin Sonata in F minor, Op 1, No 12, and Rigaudon, the processional of Fr. Andre Campra, Maitre de Musique au Cathedral de Notre Dame. To hear the latter, sadly even without the Empire Brass Quintet, during a canonization ceremony in St. Peters in Roma would add immeasurably to the spirituality of that sanctuary.
The 1980's saw a large upswing in the popularity of the period-instruments movement, and conductor Andrew Parrott and his Taverner Players and Chorus were right there in the forefront of the action. Today, we tend to take period instruments for granted, even if with the downturn in classical melody recording in the 1990's and beyond, we don't hear about them so often anymore. One effect of that situation is this 2004, two-disc, budget rerelease of Baroque favorites by Parrott and his players, plus a few by him and the Boston Early Melody Festival Orchestra.EMI originally issued all of the pieces on the discs in the late Eighties and early Nineties, the company recording all of them digitally. In 2004 they assembled the current program and issued them under the Virgin label. Frankly, there isn't a weak link among e Pachelbel Canon of the album's title is among the best I've heard (and there must be 800 recordings available). Like the other works in the collection, the interpretation sounds a small brisk, but it never sounds rushed, never breathless as some period-instrument ensembles play early wise, Parrott presents the other works in the set with a vigorous refinement: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2; excerpts from his Orchestral Suites Nos. 2 and 3; Vivaldi's "Spring" and "Summer" concertos from The Four Seasons; Purcell's Funeral Melody for Queen Mary; and others by Gabrieli, Allegri, and Monteverde. Perhaps my private favorite, however, is Parrott and company's rendering of Handel's Harp Concerto in B-flat major, with Andrew Lawrence-King on harp. It's simply e sound is also remarkably amazing throughout most of the music, perhaps a tad less vibrant in the two selections with the Boston orchestra than with the Taverner Players. Still, nothing is ever overly bright or edgy, so one need not worry about any period-instrument fatigue setting in, a condition common to such recordings early on, especially those recorded digitally. At a fresh of only a few bucks or so for the two-disc set, it's a bargain, hn J. PuccioClassical Candor
Twenty years ago there was an enormous renaissance in Russian church melody as a effect of three events: The millenium of the Russian Orthodox church in 1988; the fall of the Berlin Wall in '89 or '90; and the collapse of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991. A lot of amazing recordings were produced shortly after these events. I own about twenty of is is one of the three or four best. The recording zone has perhaps a bit too much reverberation, but the performance is excellent. And the repertoire is outstanding. I will never again write "Bortnianski stands alone (in the history of Russian church music)" because the melody of Berezovski, ten years his senior, (tracks 3-5), while not as inventive, is so incredibly beautiful.I can see Wisconsin from my house. But for the decade I lived in Washington Grove, I performed with Choral Arts Society, the Oratorio Society of Washington (two Grammy awards), and a professional choir at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral Of St Nicholas on Massachusetts Ave.Other recommendations: "Ancient Echoes" "Russian Orthodox Chant of the 17th and 18th Centuries" by Paul Hillier. The Liturgy of St John Chysostom (Rachmaninoff) by the Kansas Town Chorale.
It would be hard to imagine a better "starter" CD for someone fresh to Baroque melody than this one. Real to the title the very "greatest hits" of the Baroque are here, along with a couple of less obvious pieces; my favorite of these is the overture to Handel's MESSIAH, not as frequently excerpted as some of the other selections. The performances, taken from different "complete recordings" by esteemed conductors and ensembles, are all first-class, and as a there is that delightful Al Hirschfield caricature of Bach on the CD cover! I can honestly say this CD is one of my favorites in my extensive CD collection.
I have never written a review like this before. This may be a amazing CD - but it is difficult to know because the first CD (2 CD pack) will not load or play. The menu on the second CD comes up for the first CD so that one loads with the wrong information. This is my second attempt. Both the one I originally purchased (and returned) and the replacment both have this defect. DON'T BUY THIS!! I purchased 3 other CD's at the same time and they work fine so its not my player.
I have loved this CD for years. I had a several year absence of listening to it because the original belonged to an Ex and I could never search it in stores or anks to Amazon I now have my own copy and it is glorious. Soaring, celebratory and wonderful. A classical melody lovers dream and maybe a few other melody fans too.
I have been a fan of the Candaian Brass for a lot of years and this recording rates as high as the rest of them that I have. I have everything from Bach to Basin Road and a lot of in between and I look forward to fresh CDs throughout the year.
This CD includes a amazing sampling of Baroque music. Some of the best known songs of the period are included. Listeners will likely instantly recognize a lot of of the songs (you've likely heard them before, you just didn't know their names). An perfect rendition of Pachelbel's Canon starts off the CD. Then plenty of melody from huge names such as Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi fill out the disc's 72 and a half mins of e demographics of this disc point to an intended mainstream audience. For example, the track listing contains references to which songs served as themes for tv shows. For example, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 contains the byline "Theme from 'Firing Line'" and Mouret's Rondeau says "Theme from 'Masterpiece Theater'". So this collection does represent a famous collection of Baroque songs. And it plays that role very well.Other standout tracks include: 2 movements from Vivaldi's justifiably popular "The Four Seasons", Bach's awesome "Air on the G String" and Handel's "Xerxes". The disc contains no vocal tracks. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" from Bach's Cantata No. 147 gets performed on a solo organ (the original has vocals and a string arrangement). So those uneasy with "classical style singing" will search no issues l in all, this disc serves as a amazing introduction to a amazing period of melody history. It could also serve as a starting point for selecting a favorite composer or as a tutorial for building a classical melody collection.
We have all heard the infinitely moving Canon in D by Pachelbel hundreds of times - it is not surprising that it has appeared, in one form or another, in commercials, movies (most notably Ordinary People, which used the main theme as the underscoring for the entire film) - it is perfect, easy and incredibly, undeniably moving. But you are in for more treats on this primary Baroque sampler, which features a lot of famous themes you may know, despite the fact that you may not be a hard-core classical melody buff. The joy of each and every one of these cuts lies in their simple, enduring melodies and the gorgeous musical settings provided here. They sound fresh, fresh and as contemporary as anything you might hear on the radio. This album has a holiday after-effect as well; the fanfares, hymns and exciting instrumentation (horns, harps, strings galore) create you feel as if it is Christmas every day.