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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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ViennaLondon Symphony Orchestra

Rameau, Ravel, Debussy
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Daniil Trifonov

HamburgAvi Avital - Frischer Wind für die Klassik

© Jean Baptiste Millot
Rebel, Adès, Rameau, Bach, Beethoven
The Knights; Eric Jacobsen; Avi Avital

BedfordHerreweghe conducts Mozart and Bach

© Michiel Hendryckx
Bach, Mozart
Philharmonia Orchestra; Philippe Herreweghe; Bertrand Chamayou
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Handel's Serse – the Vegas version – in Karlsruhe

Yang Xu (Elviro), Max Emanuel Cencic (Arsamene) and Franco Fagioli (Serse) © Falk von Traubenberg
The problem with on-stage vulgarity is that, while it might be sophisticated and knowing satire, it ends by being what it is parodying.
***11
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Chains of influence: Brahms and Handel from RNS

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
An excellent choice of programming, with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Lars Vogt performing Handel and Brahms, but disappointing in its execution. 
***11
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Saul in Prague: Better heard than seen

Roman Válek © Petr Dyrc
A glorious performance of Handel's Biblical oratorio is marred by poor staging.
***11
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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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