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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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LondonReunion

English National Ballet
Purcell, Fouras, Shostakovich, Various
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Russell Maliphant; Yuri Possokhov; Stina Quagebeur; Arielle Smith; English National Ballet

BarcelonaVivica Genaux and Vespres d’Arnadí: Handel opera arias

Handel: Various Arias
Vespres d'Arnadi; Dani Espasa; Vivica Genaux

BerlinSinfoniekonzert 6: Ainārs Rubiķis und Martin Grubinger

Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Dun, Stravinsky
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Ainārs Rubiķis; Martin Grubinger
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Moving out of the darkness at the Teatro alla Scala

The Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala excel in a thrilling concert conducted by Riccardo Chailly with a magnificent contribution from soprano Lise Davidsen.
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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal showcases its stellar strings

Under the exemplary leadership of concertmaster Andrew Wan, the OSM presented a diverse program of well-known compositions for chamber orchestra.


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Peeping Tom's Dido and Aeneas overflowing with imagery in Geneva

How can one focus on the music? Purcell’s music is interspersed with contemporary interludes by Atsushi Sakaï in an overly busy staging.  
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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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