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Composer: Merula, Tarquinio (1595-1665)

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Year of birth1595
Year of death1665
NationalityUnknown
PeriodBaroque
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BristolAn Italian in London

An Italian in London
Merula, Purcell, Cavalli, Boyce, Falconieri
Figo Baroque Ensemble

OssiachLa Venexiana, Round M - Monteverdi meets Jazz

Sances, Monteverdi, Marini, Merula, Ferrari
Ensemble La Venexiana

WolfeggEva Mattes: Die Reisen des Marco Polo

Caccini, Monteverdi, Rossi, Merula
Wolfgang Katschner; Eva Mattes; Wu Wei; Lautten Compagney
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Il giardino armonico’s bouquet of Baroque bonbons causes a sensation in Wrocław

Giovanni Antonini and Il giardino armonico © Joanna Stoga
A concert at the Andrzej Markowski International Wratislavia Cantans Festival that was anything but traditional or predictable.
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Polychoral virtuosity in Utrecht

© Alison Karlin
Ensemble Correspondances give a virtuoso display of polychoral music from Marc-Antoine Charpentier and his Italian contemporaries.
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L'Arpeggiata: Inspired by the Baroque

Christina Pluhar,  ©  Marco Borggreve
Though they play Baroque music, the ensemble L’Arpeggiata is more like a jazz band than a traditional orchestra. Anchored by a continuo (rhythm section?) led by artistic director and theorbist Christina Pluhar, they are joined by various other instrumentalists, singers, and even dancers, fitting each of their projects.
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Purcell and Monteverdi at the Musikverein

Musikverein  ©  David Karlin 2011
If Vienna is the holy temple of classical music (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Bruckner and Mahler all spent large tracts of their careers here), then the Musikverein is its holy of holies. Just soaking in all that history makes a visit here into a special occasion, and the heavily gilt halls are as opulent and redolent of empire as you might imagine.
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Baroque at its best - Iestyn Davies and Richard Egarr at the Wigmore Hall

Marco Borggreve
In sporting parlance, the "dream-team" of countertenor Iestyn Davies and Richard Egarr at the harpsichord came together last night for a Wigmore Hall concert held to mark the 10 years directorship of John Gilhooly, and was the perfect representation of his decade at the helm: singer + harpsichord, immaculate programming, consummate musicianship, scholarship, unheard-of treasures, blended with a da
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