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Ultimate Baroque ()

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composed by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frederick Handel, Johann Pachelbel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Mauro Giuliani, Niccolò Paganini, Roman Hoffstetter, Tomaso Albinoni

Five discs -- five conductors -- four orchestras -- nine composers -- 28 works: Decca's collection Ultimate Baroque is as one might imagine a mixed bag. The best of the set is I Musici's sweet and fresh 1996 recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, with Mariana Sirbu as the lighter-than-air and younger-than-springtime soloist and Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields' stately yet sprightly 1971 recording of Bach's four Suites for orchestra, and Raymond Leppard and the English Chamber Orchestra's robust ...

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  1. The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4), Op. 8/1-4
  2. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E flat major ("La tempesta di mare"; "Il cimento" No. 5), Op.8/5, RV 253
  3. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in C major ("Il piacere"; "Il Cimento" No. 6), Op. 8/6, RV 180
  4. Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337
  5. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)
  6. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  7. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep May Safely Graze
  8. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G String
  9. Fantasia and Fugue, for organ in G minor ("Great"), BWV 542 (BC J42, 57, 67): Fugue
  10. Minuets (2) for 2 oboes, 2 horns & strings, G. 502 (doubtful): Minuet in E major
  11. Work(s): Serenade
  12. Work(s): Musette: Larghetto
  13. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67
  14. Organ Concerto in F major, Op.4/4, HWV 292
  15. Berenice, Regina d'Egitto, opera, HWV 38: Overture
  16. Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351
  17. Water Music Suite No. 1 for orchestra in F major, HWV 348
  18. Water Music Suite No. 3 for orchestra in G major, HWV 350
  19. Water Music Suite No. 2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349
  20. Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
  21. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
  22. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: I. Ouverture
  23. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: II. Air
  24. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: III. Gavotte I - II
  25. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: IV. Bourrée & Gigue
  26. Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069
  27. Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A major, Op. 30 (versions for guitar & orch; gt. & string quartet)
  28. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93
  29. Double Concerto, for viola d'amore & lute, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 540
  30. Guitar Concerto, for guitar, strings & continuo in A major (arranged from Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82)
  31. Grand Sonata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 35, MS 3
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Ultimate Baroque
2006, Decca

UPC: 028947580737

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