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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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Baroque Festivals
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MunichResidenz Serenade

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

La Chaise-DieuHandel

Handel: Israel in Egypt
The King's Consort; Soraya Mafi; Claudia Huckle; Benjamin Hulett; Matthew Brook

InnsbruckDavid und Goliath

David und Goliath
Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria
Alessandro De Marchi; Academia Montis Regalis; Arianna Venditelli; Luigi De Donato; Giulia Semenzato
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Captivating Bach from Yo-Yo Ma in Cleveland

Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach at Blossom © Roger Mastroianni
Yo-Yo Ma revisits the cello suites with a message for modern times and the polish of a showbiz pro.
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Variations on brilliance: the ACO in Sydney

Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
The title of the latest programme by the Australian Chamber Orchestra is simply: Goldberg Variations. While Bernard Labadie’s ingenious arrangement of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string orchestra takes up all of the second half of the programme, the first half was no less interesting.
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Three concerts and the magic mountain’s Sunday rest in Davos

Immer mit der Ruhe © Yannick Andrea, Davos Festival
The “Festival Tour” and its three-venue concerts of the Davos Festival programme included almost as many visual and outdoor delights as it did musical treats. 
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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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