San Fransisco based early music ensemble Voices of Music perform Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Soloists: Dominique Labelle (soprano) and Meg Bragle (mezzo-soprano). This beautiful work is composed in 1736, in the final weeks of Pergolesi’s short life (4 January 1710 – 16 March 1736, he died of tuberculosis at just 26), and scored for soprano and alto soloists, violin I and II, viola and basso continuo (cello and organ).
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Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), French oboist, conductor, and professor François Leleux performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Oboe Concerto in D-minor, BWV 1059R. Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Recorded at Alte Oper Frankfurt on January 13, 2017. Published by hr-Sinfonieorchester channel.
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Described as “one of the best guitarists of his generation”, the Brazilian classical guitarist Paulo Martelli plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 for violin solo. Guitar arrangement of the piece also made by the guitarist himself. Recorded at Teatro Minaz (Ribeirão Preto – SP – Brasil) on August 27, 2010 for Movimento Violão Guitar Series. Martelli’s 11-string guitar made by Samuel Carvalho, the Brazilian master guitar builder in 2004.
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Conducted by Gustav Leonhardt, the Collegium Vocale Gent and the Musica Antiqua Amsterdam perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God’s time is the very best time), BWV 106, also known as Actus tragicus. The piece is an early sacred cantata composed in Mühlhausen, intended for a funeral.
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German Baroque music ochestra Freiburger Barockorchester (Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) performs the four orchestral suites (called overtures by their author), BWV 1066–1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach.
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American countertenor Christopher Lowrey and San Fransisco based early music ensemble Voices of Music perform “Ombra mai fu”, the opening aria from the 1738 opera Serse by George Frideric Handel. A 4K, Ultra HD video from the Voices of Music “Art of the Countertenor” concert, March, 2016.
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Amsterdam-based Baroque ensemble Combattimento (continuation of the former Combattimento Consort Amsterdam which terminated its activities at the end January 2014) performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043, also known as the Double Violin Concerto or “Bach Double”. Recorded during the Sunday Morning Concert on December 25, 2016, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek.
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Conducted by the German conductor, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist Karl Richter (15 October 1926 – 15 February 1981), Münchener Bach-Chor & Orchester (Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra) perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passio secundum Johannem or St John Passion (German: Johannes-Passion), BWV 245. Recorded in 1970.
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Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Ensemble and Choir of Zürich perform Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (SV 318), sometimes called La favola d’Orfeo, a late Renaissance/early Baroque favola in musica, or opera, with a libretto by Alessandro Striggio. Filmed in 1978. Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. The work is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and tells the story of his descent to Hades and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. It was written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua (a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy, and capital of the province of the same name).
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American organist Rodney Gehrke performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565. The piece is Bach’s signature work for organ solo. In this ultra-HD video, it is performed on a Flentrop organ (1), as part of the Voices of Music “Great Works” series.
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