Category Archives: Baroque

Bach – Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio) – Complete

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio) BWV 248. Monteverdi Choir with English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner. It is performed in Herderkirche, Weimar, in a beautiful church where this work was originally performed.
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Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major

San Francisco based renaissance and baroque music ensemble Voices of Music performs Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. The piece remained forgotten for centuries like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, and was rediscovered only in the 20th century, and became extremely popular.

Note: The baroque pitch used here; A=415.3 Hz; modern pitch is usually 440 Hz. So it sounds like D-flat here. The Voices of Music version based on the earliest original manuscript and performed on instruments from the time of the German composer, organist and teacher Johann Pachelbel (baptised September 1, 1653 – buried March 9, 1706).
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Vivaldi’s “Spring”, with human voices

The vocal quintet “Carmel A-Cappella” sings the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Spring” from the “Four Seasons”.

“Carmel A-Cappella” is a vocal quintet containing five female singers ensemble from Haifa, Israel, who specializes in unaccompanied polyphonic music (a-cappella). The musical director and arranger of the quintet is the musician Mrs. Shula Erez. Singers: Maya Goldsmith, Limor Yanovich, Inbar Hefter, Moran Shalev, Keren Jalon.
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