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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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KristianstadBach's Christmas Oratorio Parts 1-3

Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Gävle Symfoniorkester; Olof Boman; Sofia Niklasson; Christiane Höjlund; Carl Unander-Scharin; Jakob Högström

ParisSir András Schiff plays Bach

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier (24 Preludes and Fugues) - Book 1
Sir András Schiff, Piano

Santiago de CompostelaLa sombra de cristal

Pergolesi, Buide del Real
Real Filharmonía de Galicia; Paul Daniel; Quico Cadaval; María Hinojosa Montenegro; César San Martín
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The after party you can't miss: Pinchgut's Platée

In arguably its best production to date, theatre luminary Neil Armfield combines with Pinchgut and Erin Helyard for the first time to deliver this electrifying production of Rameau's comic masterpiece, Platée.
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A starry cast for Handel's Theodora in Paris

It’s hard to imagine more glorious vocalism from such a starry cast, but this Theodora at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées falls short of the sublime.

***11
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Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring Vivaldi to Caramoor

A selection from L'estro armonico performed in the Music Room in the Rosen House at Caramoor.
****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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