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Guide to Baroque Music

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Everything's here for the baroque lover: places to go, concerts and opera to see, reviews, interviews with top performers, features about composers and works. Enjoy!

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BerlinIPPNW Charity Concert

Monteverdi, Telemann, Bach, Gibbons, Vivaldi
WeiWu Trio; Wu Wei; Martin Stegner

TsinandaliBach, Kuwahara, Sauli, Sollima, Bruce

Bach, Kuwahara, Sauli, Sollima, Bruce
Bach, Kuwahara, Sauli, Sollima, Bruce
Avi Avital, Mandolin

Tokyo"The Four Seasons" and "The Planets"

Vivaldi, Holst
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrea Battistoni; Mayu Kishima; New National Theatre Chorus
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Viktoria Mullova's intense Sibelius in Auckland

Viktoria Mullova © Benjamin Ealovega
In the exquisite singing line of the second movement, the appeal was not just in her beauty of tone but in the concentrated feeling Mullova brought to the shaping of each phrase.
****1
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Prom 71: Bach Night with a modern twist

During Henry Wood’s Prom years, Wednesday was Bach Night. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Proms revived this tradition in the final week with a couple of modern twists.
***11
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Enescu Festival sheds light on another 18th-century gem

Delphine Galou © Andrada Pavel
In the Bucharest performance, the individual vocal contributions were consistently good, with some really standing out.
****1
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What is baroque music?

“Baroque” is a period from approximately 1600 to 1750, sandwiched between the “Renaissance” and “Classical” periods. “Baroque” initially described irregularly shaped pearls that were used in jewelry as early as the 16th century. Rousseau and other critics of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie called the opera “baroque” because of its seemingly irregular melodies, disjunctive harmonies, and frequently changing keys and meters. Read more in Stephen Raskauskas' article.

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