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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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MunichResidenz Serenade

Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven
Munich Residenz Solisten

AmsterdamOrchestra of the Eighteenth Century: Bach's St John Passion

© Ronald Knapp
Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century; Daniel Reuss; Cappella Amsterdam; Thomas Walker; Henk Neven; Julia Doyle

CardiffEaster Oratorio

Easter Oratorio
Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughan Williams, Grainger, Bach
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Jonathon Heyward; BBC National Chorus of Wales; Jonathan Cohen
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“Endless pleasure” in Bicket's Semele at Carnegie Hall

Brenda Rae and Benjamin Hulett © Steve J. Sherman
A concert performance of Handel's not-quite-an-opera proves a hit on tour in New York. 
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Stunning concert of English music by BBC Phil

James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
James Ehnes was an ideal soloist in Walton's Violin Concerto, well partnered by John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic, with atmospheric Bax and a powerful Vaughan Williams 4.
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Alonzo King's LINES Ballet goes wild

Maya Harr, Babatunji and Madeline DeVries in Pole Star © Manny Crisostomo
A projection of green sky above shadowy mountains hovered behind their duet, and the curved bodies of the other dancers moved, barely visible, in the darkness of downstage.
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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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