Baroque Music Recordings

Baroque music describes a period or style of European classical music approximately extending from 1600 to 1750. This era is said to begin in music after the Renaissance, and was followed by the Classical period. The word "baroque" came from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning "misshapen pearl", an initially derisive characterization of the architectural style of this period; later, the name came to be applied also to its music. The baroque period saw the development of functional tonality, as well as the crystallization of the harmony and counterpoint rules which came to define the 'common practice period' (which extends from the baroque to the late romantic). Nowadays baroque music constitutes an important part of the academic music canon, being widely studied, performed, and listened to. It is associated with composers such as Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Arcangelo Corelli, Tomaso Albinoni, and Johann Sebastian Bach, all of which played an essential role in the development of modern musical concepts. During the baroque period a number of genres were established (such as the opera and the oratorio), the way was paved for new genres (such as the classical sonata and the symphony), and composers expanded the theoretical basis of music composition, making advances in musical notation and instrumental technique.

Title Composer Form Instrument Ratings
Divine Harmony, 12 Anthems for 4 Voices John Bishop Anthem Solo voice(s)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308 Claudio Monteverdi Aria / Arietta Voice(s) and Orchestra
'Ombra mai fu' from Serse, HWV. 40 Georg Friedrich Händel Aria / Arietta Piano
'Signor, quell'infelice' from L'Orfeo, SV 318 Claudio Monteverdi Aria / Arietta Voice(s) and Instruments
Second livre d’orgue André Raison Books Harpsichord
Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Book 2 Girolamo Frescobaldi Books Harpsichord
Canon and Gigue in D major Johann Pachelbel Canon Chamber group
Canon and Gigue in D major (Flute quartet arr.) Johann Pachelbel Canon Flute
A heart that knows its Jesus is living, BWV 134 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Accenti queruli Giovanni Felice Sances Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Alles, was ihr tut mir Worten oder Werken, BuxWV 4 Dietrich Buxtehude Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Awake, calls the voice to us, BWV 140 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Blessed is the man, BWV 57 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Cantata "Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe", BWV. 185 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Cantata ''Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt'', BWV. 112 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Cantata ''Es ist das Heil uns kommen her'', BWV 9 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Organ
Cantata ''Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde'', BWV. 201 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Cantata ''Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen'', BWV. 56 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Cantata ''Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen'', BWV. 51 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Cantata ''Jesu, der du meine Seele'', BWV. 78 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata Choir and Orchestra
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